Knoll has been granted a patent for a work surface attachment mechanism for furniture. The mechanism allows for adjustable connection of work surfaces to a base, accommodating different thicknesses without large gaps. The design includes a jaw for clamping engagement with work surfaces, ensuring stability and aesthetic appeal. GlobalData’s report on Knoll gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Knoll, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Knoll's grant share as of February 2024 was 88%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Adjustable work surface attachment mechanism for furniture legs

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Knoll Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11877646B2) discloses a work surface attachment mechanism for furniture, featuring a leg with a cavity, an elongated member, a clamping mechanism, and a jaw for adjusting the size of the mouth to accommodate a work surface's edge. The mechanism allows for easy attachment and clamping engagement with the work surface, enhancing stability and functionality. The lower clamping member support body's tubular portion, attached to the elongated member, facilitates smooth motion, while the jaw's outer casing member with a slideable projection ensures precise positioning without the need for rotation.

Furthermore, the patent also covers an article of furniture incorporating the described attachment mechanism, comprising a base, a work surface, and the innovative clamping system. The mechanism, integrated into the furniture's component, allows for secure attachment of the work surface, such as a tabletop or desktop, enhancing the overall usability and stability of the furniture piece. The method outlined in the patent details the installation process, emphasizing the ease of use and efficiency of the attachment mechanism in securing the work surface to the base, providing a practical solution for furniture assembly and maintenance.

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