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This St. Patrick’s Day has us celebrating all things green! Here’s a round up of what we have our eyes on:St Pat Final

1. Herman Miller Embody Chair

2. Tulips from One Kings Lane

3. Eames Upholstered Molded Plastic Chair

4. Hedgehog Cheese Grater

5. Maharam Millerstripe Pillow and  Houzz LUCK Pillow

6. Herman Miller Collection Cu-Clock

7. BuzziSpot by BuzziSpace

8. Herman Miller Wireframe Sofa

9. Pot-O-Gold Cupcakes

10. An Irish toast and perhaps a green beer! (Not pictured)

 

 

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Many Hands Make Light Work

On March 5th the Intereum team travelled to Chanhassen’s Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for malnourished children in Panama.  After the wonderful staff of Feed My Starving Children briefed the team on the packaging process, Intereum packed 81 boxes of rice mix, which equates to 17,496 meals!IMG_0818v2

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a non-profit Christian organization, commits their work to feeding malnourished children to nearly 70 countries around the globe. Their vision is to work toward eliminating malnourishment and starvation in children who are in need of a source of food. FMSC strives to promote and instill compassion in the people of the United States to care for those needs and take part in eliminating starvation in children worldwide.

IMG_0881-2Every day 6,200 children die of starvation and malnourishment. In order to change this statistic, volunteers (such as the Intereum team) are coming together to package meals and feed the hungry children across the world. In 2014 alone, Feed My Starving Children had nearly 900,000 volunteers package and sent more than 229,200,000 meals. One group can make such an impact on those who are in need of compassion and nourishment. To get involved, go to fmsc.org and click on ‘volunteer’.

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Crestron Raises the Bar in Presentation Solutions

Earlier this month the presentation solutions market leader Crestron debuted the new audio and visual solution Crestron RL 2. Crestron RL 2 utilizes Microsoft’s Lync software to comply easily with existing networks. While linking simply to your network, Crestron RL 2 enhances any conference room or meeting space with a single-solution video, audio, instant messaging and virtual meeting system. Rather than working on separate personal computers or laptops, the Microsoft Lync system allows seamless collaboration through conference room displays and interactive content sharing. With analog microphones, wall mounted touch displays, sound bars, cameras and speakerphone capabilities, Crestron RL 2 is an easy to use system that enhances the modern virtual meeting.

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With four different packages modified to accommodate a breadth of office spaces, Crestron RL 2 provides the proper hardware for simple implementation. After mounting the display and authenticating the system to your company’s network, Crestron RL 2 is ready for you to connect to users in your local network. Unlike other presentation solutions, Crestron RL 2 does not require programming. At the touch of a button the user can start a conference call while sharing content and connecting with other users via mobile phone, personal computer or tablet. Crestron RL 2 is a single solution that provides wireless connection and collaboration to participants within the Lync network.

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The new Crestron RL 2 combines both Microsoft Lync capabilities for collaborative and consistent audio, video and messaging features with Crestron’s ability to control room functions. From the Crestron RL 2 tablet, the user can control the window shades, volume of the monitors, the lighting in the room, and other AV controls that can be linked with the tablet. Thus the Crestron system provides complete collaboration and control at the touch of a button on one screen.

Touch screen displays create a digital white board that allows users to draw freely or annotate power point presentations throughout the meeting. Once the meeting is complete, the annotated power point slides or the pages from the white board feature can be emailed. Teaming with Crestron, our knowledgeable AV team can now help implement Crestron RL 2 into your office. Interested in seeing what Crestron RL 2 would look like in your office? Check out the video here.

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A Welcoming Design

It’s hard to miss the buzz surrounding healthcare and how care environments are evolving to address the demand for patient-centered and family-centered experiences.

Herman Miller Healthcare Living Office is a new approach to understanding healthcare work in order to foster greater staff collaboration, enhance organizational performance and improve clinical outcomes. Research performed by Herman Miller identified that patients with guests assisting in their care were more likely to recover sooner, receive a better level of care, and rate their overall satisfaction of their experience higher.  As healthcare organizations begin to realize the value of adding loved ones to the patient’s support team, the focus turned to finding a better way to accommodate guests in patient rooms.

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With a long history of designing solutions that address patient needs in healthcare environments, Nemschoff took on the challenge to develop a solution that would allow family members to be intuitively accommodated in the patient room. Working with Jess Sorel of Sorel Studio in San Francisco, the Palisade Collection was designed to help support and encourage family member participation in the healing process.

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As explained by Sorel in the Herman Miller WHY post, In This Together, he states that Palisade combines the philosophy of the Eames, the research of Herman Miller, and the craftsmanship of Nemschoff.  What’s the message that we want to send to a guest when they arrive? Are they apparent or are they an afterthought?

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Communicating through its design, the Palisade collection makes guests feel welcomed and part of the care and healing process.  The design and function of Palisade creates the personal space, security, and comfort that is needed, and by allowing the design of the space to be the host, patients are put at ease and relaxed. Watch this quick video to see how Palisade provides 24/7 support.Nemschoff_LI_PAL_SLEEP_867-37EN_P_201405_023_G_720_576

 

Learn more about the 7-time Award Winning Palisade Collection from Nemschoff and plan a visit to our healthcare showroom to experience it further.

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WeCare 2014

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Thank you to all of the partners and sponsors that help make We Care possible. This year was no exception to having a wonderfully spirited holiday get together with the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities.  The creativity that our volunteers pull together for crafts and activities continues to be uniquely fun each time. We appreciate all of your efforts!

Take a look at some of the photos from this year’s event and thanks again to the following:

  • BKV Group
  • CFS
  • Dunwoody
  • First Office
  • Gensler
  • HDR
  • HermanMiller Healthcare – Nemschoff
  • HGA
  • Horty Elving Architects
  • Intereum
  • MSR
  • NewStudio Architecture
  • Perkins+Will
  • Pope Architects
  • Studio Hive
  • Wold Architects and Engineers

 

Herman Miller Challenge: Designing for New Office Nomads

Recently, Herman Miller turned to open-source design collaboration to produce a product for the office furniture industry that favors office nomads. Collaborating with Unbranded Designs, Herman Miller created a competition that reached out to the design community to construct ideas and products for individual work in shared work spaces. These designers faced the challenge of constructing design briefs that supported the nomad who works in open, public spaces within the workplace.

In the design community, the results of the abstract competition were very positive. More than 120 designs were submitted in response to Herman Miller’s vague prompt which asked participants to, “Consider the mobile worker and define a concept to facilitate individual work in a shared work environment. Think about all of the stuff’ that mobile workers need to access throughout a workday, the different activities they might perform, and the settings where they might find themselves.” Herman Miller’s Director of Product Design and Exploration, Dave Simon, described the vague brief as a way to eliminate limitations on design submissions. The prompt did not mention furniture in order to expand boundaries and create a breadth of product designs outside furniture.

Unbranded Designs came into play to help Herman Miller connect to the design community. The company’s open-source platform provides designers an opportunity to respond to design challenges from manufacturers. How did the process of submission work? Through Unbranded Designs, designers could view Herman Miller’s prompt to come up with ideas to support individual, nomadic work in shared spaces. Then designers had a period of time to submit design ideas. Once submitted, ideas went into Unbranded Designs’ database which allowed Herman Miller designers to evaluate designs and give feedback. This gave companies and designers time to tweak the design for a final submission. After the final submission period, individual designs were selected by Herman Miller based on their potential.

In a tough decision, the 120 submissions were narrowed down to the top four finalists and the overall winner:

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The Winner: Gustav by Christian Pistauer from Auckland, New Zealand

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 6.35.58 PMIn the end Gustav triumphed, winning $10,000 and potential commercialization by Herman Miller. Designed by Christian Pistauer in partnership with Han Law, Gustav allows nomadic workers to move around the office with essential things that can help them to personalize shared spaces and increase individual productivity. Gustav’s design focuses on supporting activity-based working habits. Dave Simon of Herman Miller said, “The solution addresses the brief head-on, is backed by thoughtful research, and insightfully defines a new product typology for the modern, dynamic workplace. We are excited to take Gustav into our formal development process.”

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What’s Behind the Living Office?

As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” Taking into account Winston Churchill’s wise words, Herman Miller decided to explore this idea to discover how our office spaces can shape our moods, stress levels, productivity and creativity. Therefore, the Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Neuroeconomics Studies performed a neurophysiology study on behalf of Herman Miller and the Living Office spaces. The study assessed how each setting affected individual physiology through monitoring hormones, cardiac activity, palmar sweat and respiration of 96 participants. The office settings studied by Claremont included a Jump Space, Plaza and Cove.

Jump Space

A Jump Space provides touch down areas that facilitate work for distinct period of times. Jump Spaces are generally located in the office along highly trafficked routes which can help to connect people quickly between other activities. The standing-height desk used in the study helped to provide some discretion and privacy. The study concluded that a Jump Space correlated with the highest increase in mood in participants due to the high traffic and discretion. In the Jump Space setting, work performance, mood and morale were boosted. Lastly, the Jump Space increased the ability to complete the group technical task of reassembling an apple peeler by using directions.

Overall, the Jump Space used in the study proved that this quick touch down space can increase creativity, happiness and productivity within the work place.

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Plaza

Unlike a Jump Space or Cove, Plazas are public spaces situated at points of the high trafficked areas within the office. Plazas are open and encourage mixing, mingling and multiple work activities in tandem. A Plaza hosts a space that is inviting and welcoming with higher rates of noise and natural light within the space. In the study, the strongest correlation between positive mood and performance was found in a Plaza setting. In a Plaza space the individuals had the highest baseline happiness and experienced an increase in mood after completing the individual and group tasks. Also, the Plaza space had more noise, natural light, foot traffic, and openness. Participants within the Plaza setting had the highest ability to complete the group task efficiently as a team.

Therefore, rather than being seen as a luxury or diversion, high-traffic areas like a Plaza can increase mood, increase performance, decrease stress and enhance creativity.

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Cove

A Cove is a semi-private space near individual work stations or common areas that provide compact meeting areas for colleagues. The space enables engaging assemblies for short periods of time. Due to a Cove’s placement, there is a decent amount of foot traffic which tends to create noise levels higher than the Jump Space. Those in the study who worked within a Cove showed the largest improvements in mood and in turn, increased productivity.

With a secluded area, the Cove provided a quieter environment for individuals which in turn significantly improved individual moods.

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