By Grey Lee
Last night we had the first in our new series of Networking Nights for the USGBC MA Chapter in Boston.
Knoll – furniture provisioner extraordinaire
– provided their LEED Platinum showroom space and a full array of beverages and food for our community. It was a great night for making new connections – I came across the EDF, Spaulding Rehab, a neighbor from an office just upstairs from mine, and met a recent arrival who's only been in Boston two weeks but was part of another Chapter in the midwest and is ready to help out with our crew! Thanks!
And major thank you to Knoll, in particular Jamie Stuono, the Showroom Manager, for making everything come together, and to Andrea Coan, Arch. & Design Manager, for organizing the event and presenting about Knoll. It was great to learn about the features of the space and how the points all came together to earn the highest rating from the USGBC.
I enjoyed speaking with Andrea about Knoll – how it started with a German refugee in 1939 – Hans Knoll
– who brought the Bauhaus design approach to furniture, making a great impression in the US. He was part of a community of forward-thinking designers including the Eames and Eliel Saarinen. The firm started with furniture but expanded into interior design and now full office systems. They innovated in the business by not having designers in-house but rather contracting with the “creatives” to always have new ideas coming from outside the organization.
She highlighted a favorite piece of hers: a table in the “antennae” product line. The design team had previously worked on subway systems – trains, gate-access systems (I would call them turnstiles but I know that's not really what they are anymore), but who Knoll pursued to work on a line of furniture. The table is classy and clean
, but does not look anything like a subway train!
Below is our Green Schools Program Manager, Steve Muzzy, using his hands to explain how wonderful the Green Apple Day of Service is going to be, this September, and how everyone could get involved.
Thanks Knoll and everyone for coming out last night! We look forward to the next time – which will be our “Summer Social” on July 16th, again a Tuesday night at Knoll.