At Kimball, our ultimate goal is to provide relevant solutions that carry workplaces into the future.

The Brilliant Partner Program is our initiative to team up with industry thought-leaders to be at the forefront of the workplace transformation, allowing us to keep pace with accelerating change and drive innovation in the industry.

Together, with our partners, we will continue to anticipate changes in how people work and design creative solutions for a successful workplace.

Kore by Daniel Korb of xchange

 
About Daniel Korb

Like many leading designers of modern furniture, Daniel started as an architect. Baden, Switzerland, is the vantage point for Daniel`s perspective, and is the place where he and his wife, architect Susan Korb, operate Korb+Korb, which they founded in 1989.

Since then, his design expertise has broadened and his inspiration refined. In 2009, Daniel started xchange with Sydney-based architect Anthony Kotarac as a globally-operating platform to exchange ideas, experience, and knowledge. Both share a passion for high quality and well-designed furniture.

Today Daniel is synonymous with system thinking and a holistic view.

Daniel Korb
 
What was the design vision for KORE?

As a reference point we did ask ourselves how would a 21st Century Bauhaus address the office today. How would an attractive yet affordable solution look? Using standard tubes and a state of the art manufacturing process became the foundation. A visually and functionally simple table for eating, meeting and working was the goal. In the developing design process, KORE evolved into a full table system for benching with an additional set of mobile tools providing privacy, media integration, and solutions for learning and training. We envisioned a table that would fit into today`s environments for work and living. Together with Kimball it turned into a complete offering.

How do you feel KORE fits in today’s evolving office environment?

KORE addresses a variety of needs and offers choices. As it is based on a simple yet timeless aesthetic, it blends easily into different scenarios. Simplicity as a starting point together and a focus on human needs were at the core. When you design an aquarium, have the fish in mind…

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball Office?

Design for us is a team effort and it needs much more than an idea to make things happen and become real. Foremost it needs energy and trust that what we do is relevant. We found this energy and a forward-thinking spirit with Kimball Office. We have a common cause that we both believe in—that we can and will design the future. KORE speaks for itself it means Kimball Office - Relevant Environments.

Why now?

When the time is right things simply happen.

Pairings by Pam Light and John Duffy of pL-D

 
About pL-D

Pam Light and John Duffy’s distinct combination of abilities set pL-D apart from other design service providers. Both partners have worked in the industry sectors that provide the means with which products and interiors come together: product design, interior design, and dealership purchasing.

Pam has a background of 35 plus years as an interior designer, including 10 within a dealership and one as an independent furniture rep. Currently her day-to-day, hands-on involvement at a major architectural interiors firm keeps their products pertinent and meeting the needs of today’s clients and their ever evolving workplace.

John, a degreed designer from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, has over 35 years of experience in product design and commercial interiors. During this time he has worked for interior design firms that specialize in hospitality, healthcare, and corporate design, with the last 20 years solely committed to product design and development. The partners’ varied backgrounds are the foundation for a design process that combines thoughtful, useful, creative, and intelligent design for the human environment.

Pam Light
 
What was the design vision for Pairings?

As the lines blur between the places and ways we work today, we wanted to create a 'third place', a 'nest' if you will, that would offer multi-module adaptability and varying degrees of privacy through the options of high and low panels or walls. These walls would 'mingle' with varied seating options to provide solutions for environments of all kinds.

How do you feel Pairings fits in today’s evolving office environment?

Pairings adapts to changing work styles and shifting work postures through a smaller footprint, while supporting varying degrees of privacy in an era of open space engagement. The Pairings product line can merge simple sofa/lounge collections with the more informal space where people work, team up, and gather, creating adaptable, lounge-based work settings that host teams and technology in comfort.

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball Office?

As product designers we like working with companies that have a unique combination of qualities and principals. We want to know that our products will be built with quality materials in sustainable methodologies, that the company will stand behind the product with strong customer service, that it will be well represented to the design and client community – but most importantly that the team we work with in the development of the project is as committed as we are to developing a product that will meet a users need for a deliverable, affordable product, that supports good design – and it helps if they are fun to work with! Kimball met the criteria.

Why Now?

The workplace is changing rapidly with new technology and changing human expectations. Thanks to the foresight and vision of Kimball’s new management team it has been made possible for fresh design thinking to explore new products that support this change.

Tucker, Abbott, and Nash by Chris Carter of Chris Carter Designs

 
About Chris Carter

Chris Carter graduated from the school of industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. He worked with various design firms in the metropolitan New York area, designing and working on products for clients including Century baby products, Tyco toys, Colgate Palmolive and Ford Motor Company.

Some twenty years later and as principal of Chris Carter Design, LLC, he has a worldwide client base consisting of North American, European, and Asian companies of which he is successfully designing for today. Designs of Chris' are currently being specified and used within corporate, healthcare, higher education, GSA, hospitality, and retail planning environments. His strong relationships with some of the industry’s top performing and high profile manufacturers coupled with the ability to create beautiful, utilitarian products at competitive pricing has proven a winning formula with which his clients can successfully compete among today's high standards and demands.

Chris Carter
 
What was the design vision for the Tucker, Abbott, and Nash?

Tucker started out as a single chair before evolving into tandem options. I wanted to design a simple, yet elegant guest chair that depicts movement with the use of soft, sweeping arcs and tapers. This also helps to exaggerate the pitch of the chair visually which helps it appear not so static and monolithic. The intention to design this with more upholstery than most side chairs was to portray a feeling of comfort when solely viewing the chair and most importantly, to BE comfortable when you sit in it.

How do you feel they fit in today’s evolving office environment?

As our way of working changes, so do the products within our working environment change to incorporate the new needs. However guest seating is still, in my opinion, accent furnishings that can be placed in just about any environment whether in public spaces, collaborative areas, or private offices. It's not necessarily "working" furniture as is other seating products. I think there will always be a need for this type of accent furniture within interiors. The main idea is to keep these simple seating products fresh and visually appealing so they can help complement current trends in interior design.

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball Office?

My relationship with Kimball Office started back in the beginning of 2014 when various design concepts of mine were being considered as new introductions to the line. The group of people I've come to know within the organization are some of the most driven and accomplished professionals with whom I've had the luxury to work. The development of new product can be very challenging and even frustrating at times. But the people within the Kimball organization that have been involved with the development of my designs have been very positive, out-of-the-box thinkers that make the development process so much more fun and rewarding.

Why Now?

I've known and have worked with several senior and executive level managers for close to a decade now when they were at other companies before coming to Kimball Office. When these individuals' career paths led them to Kimball Office, our worlds collided yet again. It's been great to experience first hand a company that's going through so many positive changes today. I anticipate great things with these guys!

Canopy by Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

 
About Studio O+A

Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander are the award-winning co-founders of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, Aol, Yelp, Samsung, Zazzle, Levi Strauss, and many other companies. A leader in the field of workplace environments with an emphasis on “democratic design,” O+A’s expansive, open-plan offices have become a signature look for some of the country’s most forward-thinking tech innovators.

Primo Orpilla
 
What was the design vision for Canopy?

The idea behind Canopy was to give a user a work area that is flexible to the various work styles we need today. The basic 30x60 benching system in most open plan offices allow for modest flexibility. With Canopy, you can meet, go from sitting to standing, access technology, handle accessories such as monitor lifts, and provide sound dampening and give some isolation. It allows every user the ability to sit and stand. The design speaks to simple and sustainable materiality. The furniture system has a variety of configurations as well as being a simple desk.

How do you feel it could fit in today’s evolving office environment?

As we have seen over the past couple of years workspace has become increasingly important to a company’s success. The human-centered elements of a workplace contribute to that success. Workstations and the accompanying pieces have not only a functional role, but are also a means of expressing a company's philosophies and sensibilities. In the same way, Canopy's thoughtful, simple design is not only functional but also communicates an expansive philosophy by bringing community and culture together in every day work.

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball Office and why now?

I think Kimball is looking at workplace from a human-centered approach. Their integration of technology for ease of use carefully balances aesthetics and functionality of a product. They are a highly regarded company and are known for manufacturing quality products. Quality and engineering are characteristics that define their brand. Canopy is defined by the tech industry user which has much to do with its original design and concept.

Optix for Enterprise by Sharedesk

 
About Sharedesk

ShareDesk creates technology that powers the world with a seamless workplace experience. A result of their shared vision for the future of work, ShareDesk became a Kimball technology partner in April 2016. Since then, ShareDesk has worked closely with Kimball to accomplish their collective goal of future-proofing the workplace.

Optix for Enterprise by Sharedesk
 

ShareDesk and Kimball joined forces to create a solution that encompasses the rapid advancement in technology. Recognizing that we have a shared vision of the future of work, we teamed up with the goal of creating integrated, smart offices that are Kimball-furnished and powered by Optix technology.

Our mission is to change the way the world works with technology that enables a connected and productive workplace.

Optix for Enterprise is a mobile-first platform that is designed to elevate the way people work and collaborate within their workplace. As an integrated solution, it transforms static offices into agile spaces by improving the experience of employees and venue managers alike. Employees can access and book shared spaces around the workplace using the app, while the app captures data for the venue manager. In turn, this data offers valuable insights into workplace utilization, which ultimately helps drive future workspace planning. Optix for Enterprise enhances the everyday office experience by providing a customized and smart platform, complete with data and analytics to support design and business decisions.

Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball

 
About the Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, having won three World Championships, earning nine trips to The Finals and making 47 playoff appearances over 67 seasons. The team is owned by an investor group led by Managing General Partner Josh Harris.

Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball
 

Kimball, in partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers, created the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, a state-of-the-art, smart workplace that is housed inside of their newly opened Training Complex. The Innovation Lab is the ultimate representation for the workplace of the future. The smart interiors seamlessly connects people with space, enabling more effectiveness of the occupants, including the advisors who will provide consulting and mentoring to the entrepreneurs working in the lab.

The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball is focused on rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space and provides speed and flexibility, individualized, industry-leading consulting and the opportunity for direct investment to participants. The speed and adaptability of a startup business requires a shift in paradigm of how a smart workspace should serve the needs of the people who occupy the space. The selected companies get to experience the emerging, smart workplace of the future.

In addition to receiving office space in the Innovation Lab, selected companies have access to industry experts, executives and financiers; third-party branding, marketing and legal services; free meals and housing in the Philadelphia-area; and the opportunity to pitch industry-leading investors and venture capital firms.

"Our partnership with the Sixers and our joint creation of this lab epitomizes the thought leadership, and genuine innovation that is fueling the success of Kimball" states Mike Wagner, President of Kimball. "We couldn’t ask for a better place to host prospective clients, to showcase our latest in product innovation, and provide a real-life view of how Kimball researches and improves workplace performance and enhances corporate culture."