Designed by Jonathan Crinion, 2001

Plateau is furniture as architecture. A facility that supports the ever changing demands of the work place, simply, organically, in harmony with the building it occupies. Plateau is architectural in scale with clear spans of up to 6 metres without intermediate supports.

  • Plateau



Worksurfaces: Veneer, HPL or Melamine faced board; Structure: Box section aluminium; steel plate; folded steel.


Worksurfaces: 5 Plateau core colours: White, Light grey, Maple, Beech & Pear. 2 Plateau wood veneers: Maple & American black walnut. Structure (excl. beams): 4 Plateau core colours: Dark grey, Bright white, Graphite & Sliver. Beams: Silver.


Plateau becomes part of the infrastructure. Assemble it and forget it. The capacity for cabling is enormous. Wiring can be loaded prior to the worksurfaces being fitted, but remains accessible.
The Plateau infrastructure remains fixed while the work place remains endlessly flexible. Working positions are not defined by intermediate legs. People move, teams form and disperse without the need to reconfigure furniture. Zero churn. Density and work place dimensions become variable. Plateau worksurfaces may be fixed or individually height adjustable. Personal spaces can be customised with lamps, dividing screens and desk accessories. The details are beautiful with rich veneers and solid aluminium grommets.




Worksurfaces: 80 & 90cm deep. 140, 150, 160, 180 & 200cm wide. Structure: 140-800cm wide.

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A promoter of sustainable design solutions, British-born designer Jonathan Crinion spent many years living in Canada where he first became interested in environmental stewardship. He completed an undergraduate thesis on solar energy at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in the Department of Product and Systems Design. Crinion went on to study architecture and industrial design at Carleton University and the University of Toronto. In 1986, he founded Crinion Associates, a design consultancy working across disciplines to pursue smarter solutions to the problems of today. Crinion first collaborated with Knoll as a consultant during the development of the Reff System. His first solo product, the Crinion chair, was introduced in 1999 and was followed two years later by the Crinion Collection, a contemporary version of the traditional wooden executive office. That same year he designed the Crinion Open Table, a concept which revolutionised open plan office design and helped keep Knoll at the leading edge of the industry. Crinion is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London. He continues to consider the problems of environmental management and ecological impact.