Michael Penney

Michael Penney

New York, NY, US


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Intelligent, industrious, organized designer who loves the "puzzle" of design. 

I thrive in collaborative team environments, where I feel respected and supported.  My varied experience and well-developed design eye contribute to my success and ability to solve a wide-range of design problems.


Knoll, Inc., New York, NY, US, Senior Designer / Project Manager

Responsible for creating environments that showcase Knoll’s innovative design philosophy in a fast-paced, deadline-driven design department, working directly with the Executive Vice President and the Director of Design.
Creates designs for multiple projects simultaneously, from showrooms/offices (up to 50,000 sq.ft.) to trade shows, specialty retail spaces and small traveling exhibits; communicating design intent and coordinating on-time delivery with architects, contractors, engineers, lighting designers, graphics installers, fabricators and vendors.
Specifies and sources architectural graphics, drapery, rugs, furniture, display hardware, lighting, interior finishes and provides onsite installation and aesthetic guidance during the completion of all projects.
Assists Director of Design with budget creation and tracking from project allocation through final reconcilliation.
Helps lead a dynamic team of design interns to research special exhibits and internal design standards; construct scaled site models; and maintain electronic and physical files, samples library and drawing sets.
Collaborates with Marketing and Communications Departments on all new product roll-out designs and specifications for all Knoll facilities world wide.
Works with LEED consultants to achieve LEED certification on all showroom renovations.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2014

Eric K. Daniels Architect, P.C., Interior Designer

Work directly with architect and owner of multi-faceted 2-person architecture firm on projects ranging from apartment combinations and renovations to commercial, educational and hospitality.
Manage all aspects of several projects simultaneously: design presentations, drawings, clients relations, contractor bid process, FF&E selections and budgets, weekly onsite construction meetings and minutes, punch list and project completion.
Generate drawings for filings with the New York City Department of Buildings and Landmark's Preservation Commission.
Created and implemented an office-wide tracking system for Active and Protential projects.
Facilitate website content updates including layout, image selection and project descriptions.

Aug 2007 - Sep 2012

Penney Designs, Owner / Principal Designer

Design, manage and oversee renovation of apartments, furniture design and fabrication.
Advising on color, tile selection and layouts, and furniture arrangements.
Develop and track FF&E specifications, ordering and deliveries.
Communicate design ideas to clients and contractors through drawings, perspectives and sketches.
Manage client relationships and all aspects of owning one's own firm.

Oct 2007 - Nov 2011

Knoll, Inc., Designer

Worked directly with Director of Design designing architectural and furniture layouts in addition to specifying product and interior finishes for new facilities, showroom renovations, trades shows and exhibits.
Provided onsite installation and aesthetic guidance during completion of each new showroom renovation.
Assisted in design of new product roll-outs: displays, graphics and placement in all North American showrooms.
Participated in the renovation of Knoll Chicago's showroom for the NeoCon 2008 and 2009 trade shows.
Translated corporate identity into distinctly "Knoll" spaces and displays.
Achieved LEED certification on all new showroom projects (6 Gold and 1 Platinum).

Sep 2007 - Nov 2009

Pratt Institute, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Assisted professor with 3D Studio Max course and provided extra tutoring to students.

Aug 2006 - Dec 2006

Brooklyn Public Library, Designer

Completed furniture, circulation and partition layouts for a Carnegie branch slated for renovation in 2007.
Helped design experimental new circulation desk system.
Designed cafe seating and lighting scheme for the main branch.

May 2006 - Jul 2006


Pratt Institute, Masters, Interior Design

Jun 2004 - Sep 2007

University of Washington, Bachelors, Comparative History of Ideas / European Studies

Jan 1993 - Dec 1997

Areas of Specialization 


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