EAST GREENVILLE, PA — Knoll, Inc. (NYSE: KNL) today announced that the Company's Antenna™ Workspaces and Generation by Knoll®, two award-winning products, have achieved BIFMA level™ 3 certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). level™ 3 is the highest rating that a product can achieve under the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association's (BIFMA) furniture sustainability standard. Antenna Workspaces and Generation are also GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.

Antenna Workplaces, a new approach to workplace design that reflects the freedom and mobility people seek in today's office, considers the growing variety of settings where work takes place. By blending desks, tables, storage units and screens that are manufactured with FSC-certified components and that contain no PVC, Antenna Workspaces creates intuitive workplace solutions for individuals and groups. Designed by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, principals of Antenna Design, Antenna Workspaces received a 2010 Best of NeoCon Innovation award. NeoCon is the contract furniture industry's annual trade exposition held in Chicago each June.

Generation by Knoll®, a ground-breaking work chair that supports the range of postures and work styles typical of today's dynamic workplace, supports neutral postures in traditional task positions and also encourages expression, creativity and engagement by allowing more informal postures. Generation's materially efficient design is manufactured using 40% recycled content and is the first chair to be rated SMaRT© Sustainable Platinum. Generation by Knoll, designed by Formway Design, received a 2009 Best of NeoCon Gold award and a 2009 Best of Year Product Design Award from Interior Design magazine.

BIFMA has established level™ as a common framework against which to evaluate the environmental and social responsibility of a variety of products. level™ is part of BIFMA's ongoing development of voluntary product and industry standards that support safe, healthy and sustainable workplaces. To achieve level™ certification, Knoll partners with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), known for its integrity and scientific rigor.

In the BIFMA level certification process, a product, the organization and facilities that produced it are scored according to sustainability criteria in four areas: Materials; Energy and Atmosphere; Human and Ecosystem Health; and Social Responsibility.

"Knoll is taking leadership steps toward sustainability," said Stowe Hartridge-Beam, level program manager at Scientific Certification Systems. "Knoll's level 3 certification reflects their achievements in waste and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, human and ecosystem health, and social responsibility."

"Level certification highlights our long-standing commitment to third-party programs that provide independent verification of environmental standards. The BIFMA sustainability program reinforces our efforts to pioneer clean manufacturing policies that protect the biosphere and conserve natural resources," said Lou Newett, Knoll Health and Safety Manager, who leads the Company's environmental sustainability efforts.

Knoll focuses on three key environmental areas: climate change, third party certification and environmentally-friendly products and manufacturing processes. The Company has also certified products under the SMaRT© Consensus Sustainable Product Standard, achieving SMaRT certification for Generation by Knoll (Platinum); Life (Gold); Chadwick (Gold); Calibre (Gold); Moment (Gold); and Template (Gold). In addition, Knoll recently established FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood as the standard for general open plan office systems, casegoods and tables, recognizing that sustainable wood harvesting can contribute to reversing environmental and social trends. (FSC is the international standard setting body for defining and measuring a well managed forest and providing traceability through chain-of-custody certification.)

Knoll operates 10 LEED® certified showrooms in North America, including its Platinum certified facility in Toronto. The Knoll East Greenville, PA Lubin manufacturing facility is LEED Gold certified under the Existing Building pilot program; it is also an OSHA VPP Star site.

About Knoll

Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Today, our commitment to modern design, our understanding of the workplace and our dedication to sustainable design has yielded a unique product portfolio that responds and adapts to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help companies achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) workplace certification. Knoll is the contract furniture industry's first member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX®) and is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

Source: Knoll Inc.

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