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Office Resources Acquires Arenson

Office Resources is proud to announce the acquisition of Arenson effective November 16, 2021.

Office Resources (OR), a leading Knoll dealer and global provider of creative workspaces, is proud to announce the acquisition of Arenson Office Furnishings effective November 16, 2021. With locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the purchase will further strengthen Office Resources’ position in the Tri-State area. With a combined annual revenue over $250 million, this will make Office Resources one of the largest furniture distributors in the world.

OR Principals Kevin Barbary and Paul Fraser commented, “We are very excited about our continued growth in New York and what this acquisition will mean for the New York marketplace. Arenson has a tremendous history and brand in the Tri-State area. We look forward to our combined teams servicing our clients, Architecture & Design partners and Real Estate community at the highest level.”

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Vornado Realty Trust

Arenson Completes Project at Vornado Realty Trust

One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 

As part of a long-standing relationship with Vornado, Arenson was asked, alongside A+I, to create a warm and elegant presentation space at One Penn Plaza. This 20,000 sqft space was created for prospective tenants and investors to see how the re-birth of the Penn Plaza district is taking place. A+I and Arenson worked together in the development, sampling and evaluation of several furniture items made specifically for this space.

This space is tastefully furnished with many fine products from overseas as well as from local custom furniture fabricators ranging from special size sofas to uniquely patterned & sized woven rugs. In the Showcase Area, prospective tenants & investors may sit in custom leather banquettes to view various presentations about the ongoing development projects in One Penn and the Penn district. The rooftop terrace is complete with greenery that is accented by in-ground lighting to showcase the unobstructed view of the Empire State Building and New York City Skyline. This project is just one of the many other projects ongoing at One Penn Plaza.

Project Profile

• 20,000 sq. ft.
• Experience Center and Roof Terrace
• Conference Rooms
• Meeting/Lounge Areas
• Café/Dining Area
• Ancillary Furniture
• Custom Furniture
• Seating

Moving into the Future, Episode 12

Kevin Kennedy on The Advance Group’s Podcast, Moving into the Future

Analyzing the Herman Miller / Knoll Merger and What It Means For Offices Moving Forward 

On this episode of The Advance Group’s podcast, Moving into the Future, our Executive Vice President, Kevin Kennedy, discusses some big changes happening in our industry. Kevin and Jack first dive into the merger between Knoll and Herman Miller and the impact this will have not only on the furniture industry, but offices moving forward. Further into the episode, they touch on the shape offices are taking as we continue to move through the pandemic.

Thank you to The Advance Group for having us! To listen or view the podcast, click on any of the links below:

Scarsdale Public Library

Arenson Completes Scarsdale Public Library

54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 

In 2018, Scarsdale Public Library engaged Dattner Architects to start the process of remodeling their existing space. After a meticulous bid process, Arenson was awarded the furniture and installation portion of this project due to their outstanding record, proposed team, and marketing support for Dattner. As of November 2020, this 25,000 sqft is completely furnished and open to its members.

Arenson provided the space with ancillary furniture for small breakout spaces, large meeting rooms, and private offices. These products include reading chairs, coffee, laptop, side and end tables. One of the feature pieces included in this project, which included collaborating with the designers, electricians and lighting company, was 8’-12’ Knoll Library tables with specific lighting. To properly install these tables, Arenson created separate installation and shop drawings to ensure the aftermarket field cuts would not impede with the substructure of the reading tables. 

Arenson Welcomes Gina Morgan



Gina brings to Arenson over 21 years of industry experience.   Starting with a degree in interior design then spending 18 years working for a contract furniture dealership. She understands all aspects of the job as her roles encompassed CAD/Design, Project Management, and Account Management.  She takes great pride in every detail of every project. Gina also spent over 3 years working at Knoll as an A+D Specialist and Workplace Leader.   Her product and technical knowledge, as well as an understanding of real-life situations, is what makes Gina a valuable part of the team.

Arenson Welcomes Karen Krasnomowitz



With over 15 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, Karen’s experience representing various manufacturers and her vast product knowledge have prepared her for her role at Arenson. Throughout her experience, Karen has built long standing relationships in all parts of the industry and has had the opportunity to work with some of the best designers in NY and NJ on some amazing projects such as Allergan, Bayer, and Novartis as some of the most notable. She is constantly learning new skills and learning about workplace trends with the ever-changing office landscape. 

As Director of Studio A+, Karen represents our curated roster of international office furniture brands and spearheads our architect and design division, with the support of Arenson’s resources. These brands are represented and exclusively distributed in the tri-state market.  

When furniture isn’t top of mind and on any given weekend, Karen can be found either wearing cleats playing soccer or sitting on a sideline enjoying the view of her 3 daughters playing. She is currently the president of the Morris Knolls Girls Soccer Booster Club which provides fundraising for their high school team to help get the athletes what they need during the season.

Arenson Welcomes Matt Goldman



Matt joined the Arenson team as an Account Executive in July of 2020. He has more than 6 years of experience in the contract furniture industry and focuses on providing innovative solutions to clients within the commercial and educational markets. As an Account Executive Matt oversees all project pricing and take-offs, supervises and tracks manufacturer order placement, and manages delivery and installation to ensure timely turnover of project deliverables. Matt maintains one-on-one contact with the client throughout the project and remains tightly involved through the completion of the punchlist as well as post-move support.


Previously, he worked for WB Mason as a Sales Manager, where he oversaw 50+ sales reps, provided insight into contract furniture solutions and grew the overall NYC branch. Throughout his professional career, he has worked on a variety of projects from small startup renovations to large scale multi-floor corporate commercial build outs. Matt has been able to add value to his clients through consultations on workplace strategy, real estate optimization, and creative workplace solutions. Matt attended the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Administration.

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Arenson Welcomes Ilana Levine


Arenson would like to welcome Ilana Levine back to our team. Ilana brings 15 years of experience in the contract furniture industry to her role as Senior Account Manager in NYC. Clients, designers and manufacturers appreciate her hands-on approach. She is known throughout the industry for her hard work and positive outcomes. We are thrilled to have her back!


Prior to her re-joining the Arenson team, Ilana had worked at a Knoll dealer on the West Coast for the last year. She had previously worked at Arenson before moving to the West Coast in the fall of 2018. The experience she gained throughout the years has allowed her to work her way up through all positions, including project management, account management and sales, giving her an overall understanding of the commercial furniture industry.

She has managed around $10-15 million a year with clients such as: Universal Music Group, Universal Music Publishing Group, Interscope Records, Harbor Freight Tools Headquarters, American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters, Citi Bank Headquarters, Macquarie Bank, Ogilvy NY, Credit Suisse,, National Urban League, Mongo and more. With all of Ilana’s experience, she has also proven to be a valuable partner to the designers and other consultants she works with. Throughout all of the projects and client accounts she has worked on, Ilana’s attention to detail and the ability to think outside of the box have proven successful with most clients and allowed for them to come in under budget while staying true to the design intent.