Michael Penney

Michael Penney

New York, NY, US



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, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer / Project Manager

Created branded 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.
Created designs for multiple projects simultaneously, from showrooms/offices (up to 50,000 sq.ft.) to specialty retail spaces and trade shows; communicating design intent and coordinating on-time delivery with Knoll factory, architects of record, contractors, engineers, lighting designers, graphics installers, fabricators and vendors.
Responsible for design (furniture layouts, specifications and finishes; graphics; lighting; etc.) and coordination of semi-monthly floorset changes in the Knoll Design Retail Shop. Communicated with Knoll factory, furniture installers, graphics and electrical vendors to meet installation dead-lines and budget targets.
Assisted Director of Design with budget creation and tracking from project allocation through final reconcilliation.
Provided onsite installation and aesthetic guidance during the completion of all projects.
Helped lead a dynamic team of designers and interns to research special exhibits; create internal design standards; construct scaled site models; and maintain files, samples library and drawing sets.
Worked with LEED consultants to achieve LEED certification on all showroom renovations.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2014

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

Worked directly with architect/owner of multi-faceted 2-person architecture firm on projects ranging from apartment combinations and kitchen/bathroom renovations to commercial, educational and hospitality.
Managed all aspects of numerous projects simultaneously: presenting design options, completing drawings, managing client relationships, negotiating contractor bids, finalizing FF&E selections, generating and tracking budgets, overseeing onsite construction meetings, creating minutes, and completing punch list and project sign-off.
Generated drawings for filing with New York Department of Buildings and Landmark’s Preservation Commission.
Created and implemented an office-wide tracking system for Active and Potential projects, still in use today.

Aug 2007 - Sep 2012

Penney Designs, Owner / Principal Designer

Generated new business, negotiated contracts, tracked budgets and saw projects through to completion.
Pitched design ideas to clients and communicated final design to contractors for bids and construction.
Designed, managed and oversaw renovation of apartments, furniture design and fabrication.
Presented options for layout, fixtures and finishes for kitchen and bathroom renovations.
Developed and tracked FF&E specifications, facilitated ordering and managed on-time delivery.

Oct 2007 - Nov 2011

Knoll, 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