The Kimball Experience

THE BEGINNING

THE START OF A NEW CHAPTER
In the summer of 2017, we began discussions to create a vibrant new headquarters for the Kimball brand. With this renovation, we saw an opportunity to unite all business units on one campus. 

This new campus serves not only as a new home for the Kimball brand, but also a new home for Kimball International and a central hub where all our brands will unite. 

As our story continues to evolve, our people remain the constant; in our heritage, our present, and our future. We find meaning and identity by turning ordinary spaces into distinctive places.

ARCHITECTURE

CRAFTING WHAT’S NEXT
Partnering with Architecture and Design Firms, ai3 and Hafer, our goal was to create environments that fuel organizational efficiency and attract and retain top talent. Our people are the company, so for our new space we shifted from “housing people” to “serving our people.” Equally important, we also wanted to create flexible and relevant environments that provide employees a space they enjoy while having choices in furniture and technology applications that better support the changing nature of workplace activities. 

Providing a nod to our rich history in woodworking, the architectural concept of our headquarters is inspired by the growth rings of a tree, bringing into our space wood accents and radial design elements. 

BACK TO OUR ROOTS

WE ARE MAKERS
As makers—not just furniture makers—we know that the place we work is more than just windows, walls, and a place to sit.
 
Continuing with the inspiration of our woodworking heritage, the Kimball space is organized in a radial pattern representative of a tree’s growth rings, with the unique feature that the angled pathways lead us back to our roots in the Heartwood Hub at the center of our campus.
 
This pathway structure is symbolic of the notch cut used in felling trees during the logging process. 

INTERIOR DESIGN

GIVING LIFE TO THE KIMBALL EXPERIENCE
The Customer Experience sets the tone for every guest who visits Kimball. We felt it was imperative that the first touch-point upon entering our headquarters was a warm, inviting space that showcases and honors the Kimball brand heritage. By creating a lounge area that includes soft seating, a fireplace, piano display, library, bar, dining spaces, and a beautiful outdoor space, we are able to provide both our employees and guests with the warmth that makes them feel welcome and at home.

CREATING THAT FEELING

COMMUNICATING THROUGH SPACE
Some places just feel “warm”. It’s hard to explain why, but you know it when you feel it. It’s that feeling that we work diligently to create within our spaces. Brass accents and warm lighting work together to subtly accentuate the cozy, inviting narrative being told by the fireplace, library, and lounge.
 
The comfortable familiarity of beautiful wood floors underfoot carries you effortlessly through a timeless display of tactile encounters. Neutral fabrics and finishes were chosen considering not only the practical needs of an ever‑evolving showroom, but also the myriad of location‑based experiences that occur in our modern workplace.
 
Across our floor plan, ceiling heights; wall and glass selections; and cloud ceilings thoughtfully adjust the scale of an area to match the appropriate level of intimacy to the function of any given space.