Sustainability at Walter Knoll

The Bauhaus teaches us: "A product is good when it makes the world a better place". Discover how we do more with less.

Everything that we do must also have value tomorrow

Thinking ecologically, acting responsibly and sustainably – we have lived these principles at Walter Knoll from the very beginning. Sustainability is a central benchmark in every area of our company, from product design to the architecture of our buildings. Our focus is on concepts that endure from one generation to the next. As a family business, we act in a socially conscious, fair, and environmental manner.  

Minimal, long-lasting design is sustainable design

Walter Knoll is the furniture brand of modernity. Minimalism and the careful use of resources are in our DNA. The thought leaders of the Bauhaus sought to use raw materials efficiently and without waste. Our design approach: to create aesthetics of timeless validity. Our furniture is designed to accompany your life, throughout the years and decades to come. 

Climate-neutral furniture production

Through the conscious selection of materials and the efficient, economical use of energy, we contribute to the environmentally friendly use of natural resources. Short distances and a high degree of flexibility thanks to cooperation with partner companies from the region are also part of our sustainability concept.

We offset all emissions that are impossible or difficult to avoid by purchasing environmental certificates that promote and support alternative energies such as wind power. In doing this this we meet Scope 3, the highest possible standard of the DGM’s Climate Pact label.


We are certified as a climate-neutral furniture manufacturer, and our architecture reflects this. Its clear shapes and high-quality materials are designed to stand the test of time. Optimized insulation and powerful heat pumps, concrete core temperature control and sprinkler tanks for heat storage, as well as photovoltaic systems and retention basins, complete our ecological concept. Through photovoltaics, we save around 200 tons of CO2 annually. 

Mötzingen I

A second production center is located 10 kilometers from Herrenberg. The production hall was honored by the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects as an "exemplary building". 

Mötzingen II

The new multifunctional hall for assembly, production, and logistics complements the existing production building. Architect Hansulrich Benz has succeeded in combining the requirements for high-performance production and logistics with contemporary, sustainable architecture.

Certifications and memberships

All materials and products from Walter Knoll comply with strict tests for durability, safety, material quality, emissions, and environmental compatibility. They may be tested initially in our own test laboratory, or later by independent external institutes.

ISO 14001 - Environmental Management

We received the ISO 14001 certificate for our environmental management in 2019. The introduction of an environmental management system according to the internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard ensures that the development and manufacture of our products is as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, that all the requirements of the standard are met, and that sustainable behavior by our employees is encouraged.

Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel e.V. (DGM)

We are a long-standing member of the DGM (the German Quality Association for Furniture), and our production and products therefore undergo regular tests for lasting quality. The DGM’s RAL GZ 430 quality and test regulations are among the strictest and most detailed certificates for furniture quality worldwide.

We support your building certification

With our products, we support ecological building certification, such as by the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council), LEED (U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and the Global GreenTag (Green Building Council of Australia).

Fire protection

We offer flexible solutions for different fire protection requirements in foyers, lobbies or waiting rooms. For example: DIN EN 1021 Part 1 & 2, Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulation (BS 5852), TB 117-2013, and others on request (e.g. DIN 66084 P-a).