Office Resources Acquires Arenson


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.”

“Office Resources and Arenson have been outstanding Knoll partners for decades”, stated John Michael, President, the Americas, MillerKnoll. “With this acquisition, OR brings together the market-leading capabilities of both organizations to deliver the highest levels of service to our Knoll clients in the greater New York area. We are looking forward to an exciting future together as we continue to invest in and extend our partnership with the growing OR team.”

Arenson, a top contract furniture dealer for more than 35 years, and a founding Knoll dealer, will be rebranded as Office Resources in 2022. “With the recent announcement of Herman Miller’s acquisition of Knoll, our marketplace is evolving quickly. Distribution of the future will need to be larger, accompanied by world class technology, to continue providing customers with the best service possible,” said Arenson’s Founder and Principal, Carl Milianta. “The Office Resources acquisition of Arenson will provide our teams with the most current and relevant tools to be the leaders in our industry.”

Ed Baust, OR’s Managing Principal in New York, will manage all New York operations, alongside Rob Tenaglia, Managing Principal, who will maintain his role in operations across all offices. Baust will be working with Carl Milianta and Kevin Kennedy, Executive Vice President, who will also play major roles in the sales efforts in the Tri-State area.

Baust noted, “This combined entity is taking us to new levels and changing the entire dealer landscape. OR will be a tremendous force in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut marketplace for design, innovation and distribution services. Today’s marketplace for corporate interiors relies on consistency and service across our client’s global portfolios, and this acquisition will further our initiatives in this area as well. I am absolutely thrilled about the future of Office Resources and this next step in our company’s history.”

About Office Resources
Office Resources is a full service furniture distributer with over 25 years of success. OR’s mission is to create long-lasting partnerships by listening, advising, collaborating and excelling in all that they do. Their commitment to continuous improvement, training, technology and workplace trends has made them a trusted and valued resource for their clients and industry partners. OR has the breadth of choice, depth of expertise, innovative research and flawless customer focused execution that has made them one of the top Knoll distributors in the world.