December 6, 2013
On Tuesday, we took part in our favorite volunteer event that Herman Miller hosts each year – We Care! Partnering with local A&D firms and sponsors, we bring holiday joy in the form of crafts, gifts, hats and mittens, and of course, Santa Claus, to the Boys and Girls Club in North Minneapolis.
Each sponsor is asked to host a craft station where the kids can decorate and construct gifts for them to keep or give away. From ornament to scarf making, there are many activities and crafts for the kids to work on. And at the end, they can bring their gifts to the wrapping table, full of Santa’s helpers, to get their presents wrapped up with care.
For added fun, there is also face painting, pizza, and Goldy the Gopher to hang out with. But no one can outshine Santa, the big man himself! Each year he brings Christmas cheer to the kids (and sometimes brings out a little shyness in the little ones) and they can’t wait to sit on his lap and tell them this year’s Christmas dreams!
We would like to say thank you to all of Santa’s helpers this year and our 13 sponsors that came alongside Herman Miller to make this event happen! The crafts turned out wonderful and just about all of the 100 children there could hardly wait to give them as gifts to loved ones. Thank you also to the Jerry Gamble Center and the Boys and Girls Club! We are already looking forward to next year!
November 26, 2013
The importance of the classroom being able to adapt to the way students learn and faculty teach is the foundation for the design and purposefulness behind the new product line launched from V/S called CulturalShift. (As a reminder, V/S is well-known for this popular piece, the Hokki Stool.)
CulturalShift is a concept of products that addresses individual, group, and teacher needs. Together, these products redefine the learning environment with practical, beautiful, and progressive furniture.
The pieces are all mobile, flexible, adaptable, and multi-functional to enhance the learning environment. In a time where laptops, tablets, and connectivity rule, the furniture was designed to reduce clutter by integrating wireless and transparent technology.
It was also designed to encourage flexibility. Teacher tables fit to student and group tables. Collaboration areas turn into personal spaces. Each product works with the other and also as a stand alone product. There are multiple learning and teaching styles that are happening in schools and CulturalShift from V/S provides the freedom to do it all.
Here’s a look at some other arrangements using the products:
November 15, 2013
Intereum and Herman Miller hosted our second annual, and very successful, Power Office Event last Thursday. The Power Office Event is a great place for business owners to come and network, and learn about ways to better their business through short 20 minute topic presentations.
Topics included: How to purchase commercial real estate presented by CEO, Chris Garcia at CGC Commercial Real Estate; how to protect your most valuable assets by the NetSpi team, Principal Matt Stellmacher and Director of Assessments Ryan Wakeham; and finally, CEO Dale Henry from Critical Insights Group presented on leadership skills (Superhero Academy). Stay tuned to learn more about our next Power Office Event happening in the spring!
November 11, 2013
We had a great Friday night at the 8th annual charity fashion show from IIDA! Fusion + Fashion is a very non-traditional runway show as it combines fashion, charity, and glamour all into one.
There were a total of 26 entries that strutted their stuff on the runway this year with the #MNspired theme. Participants had to design and create a runway fashion look that was inspired by an original photograph of Minnesota architecture and design. It was so fun to see what other entries used as their inspiration.
Our team chose the ‘Dandelion’ Fountain in Loring Park as our inspirational piece. We created a dress and parasol made of zip ties, wedding dress tulle, and added some lights to show the form and portray the fountain as it would be illuminated at night. Here’s a look at our creation along with others that participated in the show!
Here are a few of the other designs we saw on the runway!
Good job to all the designers and models this year! Every single entry showed an immense focus on craftsmanship and creativity. A special congrats to all those who placed this year as well!
Here’s an additional news clip from WCCO that highlights the event! http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/9513922-people-serving-people-hosts-fusion-and-fashion-event/
November 4, 2013
Last week we hosted a great Oktoberfest party here at Intereum to say thank you to our clients for all the years of support. With this open house, we were also able to showcase the new Herman Miller Mirra 2 chair from Studio 7.5 of Berlin, Germay, and really open our doors to our newly renovated space. It was so fun to see everyone that came by!
Playing off of the Oktoberfest theme, all guests received an Intereum passport that guided them around to 5 different beer and cheese stations. We had wonderful combinations of locally brewed beers from Summit, Lucid, Excelsior, Indeed, and Flat Earth that were paired up with Gouda, Fontina, Emmentaler, Gruyere, and Blue cheeses. Delicious! Guests got their passports stamped at each station, which would qualify their entry into the prize drawing.
Mixed into the travels of Intereum’s Oktoberfest, we had the traditional game of Hammerschlagen setup for people to test their skills at, and for even more fun, a photo wall captured smiles and laughs as people put on Oktoberfest props and posed for the camera. Those who wanted to see if their hand at drawing could get them to win a new Mirra 2 took to our “Mirra, Mirra on the Wall” sketching contest. Many showed artistic talents but there could only be one winner!
We had 7 winners from our event, all which were awarded beautiful Herman Miller pieces, including the Mirra 2 and pieces from the Collection. Congratulations to them all!
Take some time to enjoy pictures from the evening’s festivities!
Special thanks to all those at Intereum who helped throw this tremendous party! Couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.
The next day’s Hedgie Hour with employees kept in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Someone here, who we’ll choose to leave nameless, really pulled out his Bavarian side!
October 30, 2013
Guest blogger, Jen Zeller, shares with us the evening at the 100 Years of Architecture Gala.
The book The Blue Zones taught us that the demographic zones that have a high incidence of people who live to 100 years old live according to certain core values. The lifestyles based on these characteristics and values seem to have a sustaining effect – most notably – people who live longer, healthier lives.
If you apply this concept to the values that were celebrated at the “100 Years of Architecture Gala”, one can see how the University of Minnesota Architecture Program has sustained a century of accomplishment. When the speakers presented, they opened with an overwhelming concept. “If you try to imagine the billions of miles of architecture and the numerous communities that have been created as a result of a century of teaching architecture at this university – it is truly mind-boggling”.
In order to accomplish this legacy, the speakers did not talk about individual projects but more core values that drive this lasting effect. Some of the values that were mentioned were: building communities, shaping lives and most important – a legacy of teaching. As educators, they pride themselves as providing the “Gift of Critical Thought”, “Unique Way of Reasoning and Thinking”, and embracing “Forward-leaning, Big-thinkers”.
There were many notable figures who spoke at the event: Mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak*; current president of the University of Minnesota, Erik W. Kaler; and the Dean of the School of Design, Tom Fischer, and many others. Noted local architects (George Rafferty Video) also spoke about the architecture school through the years and the impact that it has had on their lives.
Intereum is thankful for our strong ties to the architectural community and the imaginative ways that architects specify (and use) our products in their projects. The A/D Community is a great partner to Intereum. Happy Birthday to you!
*Architecture MN featured an article on Mayor R.T. Rybak covering the design-smart mayor and the reflections on his urban legacy.
October 29, 2013
Some incredible changes have been made to Mirra, one of the most beloved Herman Miller task chairs. Mirra 2′s chair back, seat, and tilt adjustments make for an even more comfortable and ergonomic sit. These changes were the brainchild and creative spirit of none other than Studio 7.5, the original creators of the Mirra.
One of the great new features of Mirra 2 is that when you sit, it adapts to you instantly. The chair becomes one with your body, and with the slightest move it flexes and moves with you. Mirra 2 is leaner and lighter, and that makes it more responsive as it supports you wherever you go.
Mirra 2 has a Butterfly Back(TM) that helps create the intuitive feel of the chair. Studio 7.5′s method for merging a fabric layer with polymer veins creates an intelligent support structure which, in combination with dynamic support shape, keeps your body in a healthy alignment. These materials also help to increase air flow that will keep you cool while you sit. The reinvented Harmonic Tilt(TM) helps you move comfortably from one position to the next as it creates a smooth and balanced feel.
We love color, and Mirra 2 brings to the table a great new range of colors to choose from! New colors are available in the frame as well as the seat and back fabrics.
The chair is 22% lighter than the original and has a 25% smaller carbon foot print. This can be accomplished because Mirra 2 uses less material in an intelligent way. Make an investment in your health and work performance with seating from Herman Miller and you’ll be in full agreement with what they say here.