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Knolling in the New Year

As we all look fresh-faced into 2013, make extreme resolutions and set challenging goals, I believe ‘knolling frequently if not constantly’ deserves a place somewhere on that list.  It’s a newish sort of word, used (and I think coined) by Tom Sachs in ‘Working to Code’ (a quirky and eccentric movie series designed for his employees and studio visitors.)

Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization.

If you’re feeling a hankering to knoll, try it out a time or two, here are a few project ideas…


Take apart an old telephone (then put it back together).

And thanks to Instagram,  a perpetually flowing source of knolling inspiration is available.


@lauraberg, the well planned and knolled outfit

knolling legos

@noelleodesigns, my son’s Lego minifigure army he was organizing last night.

knolled kitchen

@brettrhoades, a well knolled kitchen- (reminds me just a little of the movie Sleeping With The Enemy.)

knolling veggies

@annipue, knolling tasty vegetables

always knolling

@mynameiscolton, my favorite combination of goods- a well rounded man, I presume.


@gusbaganz, looks like he’s heading out for a good time, but nothing too serious.

Want to give it a try and show the world? Post your knolled picture on Instagram with the hashtag (#knolling or #alwaysbeknolling) and drop a @noelleodesigns in there- I want to see!


  1. kalamitykelli

    January 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Knolling huh? Yeah, like that’s going to happen here. I have my own method of “organization” is called Kelling – pretty much chaos. However, my husband would love that there is a name for what he does normally! In fact, he just knolled the pantry yesterday.

    1. NoelleOlpin

      January 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      I wish my husband practiced more knolling in places other than his own office!

  2. Patch

    January 10, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Ooooo no, no knolling here for me… Bit scary that lol! Although Little J is quite into knolling…. The minifigures look very familiar and we often have knolled cars too (or are they traffic jams??).

    1. NoelleOlpin

      January 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      That’s true, now that I think about it- my kids knoll toys all the time. Legos, matchbox cars, Barbie or Brat type dolls. If only they would transfer it to knolling their whole bedroom without being asked. There’s nothing wrong with borderline OCD right?!

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