You Sit More Than You Sleep

Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between sitting for long periods of time and lower back pain. In the U.S. alone, about 96 million individuals suffer from chronic to mild back pain. While in turn, 79% of the United States work force sits for 8 hours each day.
What does this mean in the grand scheme? This quick, animated TED Ed video helps explain.
The office is an incubator for lower back pain and back problems. Thus by manipulating ergonomics and creating an office chair that supports the lower back (sacral-pelvic region) properly we can work toward eliminating lower back problems caused by excessive sitting and inactivity while working.
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In 2000, Herman Miller‘s PostureFit, an important, patented ergonomic feature, was developed. With a goal of supporting the lower back through comfort, working with the body for natural movement and lumbar control, Herman Miller’s engineers teamed with Dr. Brock Walker (a back care specialist with patents in ergonomics and biomechanics) and Bill Stumpf (a co-designer of the Aeron chair). With Stumpf’s expertise in design, Dr. Walker’s knowledge in back care and pelvic alignment and Herman Miller’s knowledgeable engineers, the team set out to implement an ergonomic feature that aligned the pelvis with the spine and supported the lower back. The design of the Aeron Chair with PostureFit was the result.
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When Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair hit the market, it demanded attention. It was unlike the bulky, foam padded office chairs seen on the market. The Aeron chair was sleek, contoured, sophisticated and enhanced ergonomically. To this day the Aeron Chair is the best selling Office Chair on the market.
PostureFit technologies can be found within every Herman Miller Task Chair including the Aeron, Mirra 2, Celle, Embody and SAYL chairs. Through sleek contours and curvature, these Task chairs work to promote natural spinal alignment and muscle balance even when the user is in upright or forward leaning positions.
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Did you know that back pain is the number one reason people miss work and will be the number one cause for permanent disability for more than 80 million baby boomers in the next two decades? Investing in lumbar support, natural spine alignment and overall comfort can help us to avoid the high costs of back pain down the road.
Experience Herman Miller’s ergonomic PostureFit feature for yourself through the Try-A-Chair program. It makes it easy for you to test out a new Herman Miller office chair for not just a few minutes, but for a week, month or longer to familiarize yourself with the chair and see how it fits your body, your work, and your space. A quick visit to Intereum‘s showroom can help you get started!
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Raise Your Comfort Level with Renew Tables

Research shows that each day, Americans are sedentary for nearly 21 hours a day between both sleeping and sitting. Being sedentary for such long periods of time is directly linked to illnesses such as diabetes and obesity, which can put immense pressure on our immune system and heart.


In order to combat the high rates of obesity and lack of productivity in the work place, Herman Miller’s Renew height adjustable table allows seamless transition from sitting to standing to promote movement throughout the course of the workday. It is recommended that each individual spend 5 to 20 minutes each hour standing or moving the body. By doing so, health, mood, productivity and creativity can be enhanced and improved. Research shows that standing increases blood flow, burns calories, improves posture and enhances energy. Thus the Renew sit-to-stand tables provide this movement to work naturally with the body to transition from being sedentary to being active with the simple click of a button.

Along with increased risk of diabetes, heart attack and obesity, being sedentary for such long periods of time can increase lower back pain. It has been estimated that on average 8 out of 10 full-time workers experience back pain at some point in their career – a personal issue that costs companies about $7.4 billion dollars each year. Renew sit-to-stand height adjustable tables allow the user to stand for part of the long work day in order to improve posture and alleviate back pain.

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Herman Miller’s research shows that for every $1 invested in ergonomic strategy, the return on investment is about $17.50 in terms of avoided worker’s compensation costs, increases in productivity, and other forms of returns. The Renew sit-to-stand reflects this importance of returns on investment alongside the necessity to get our bodies moving to reduce harmful diseases and improve our productivity and creativity in the workplace.

Recent client installation with Renew sit-to-stand tables and Herman Miller Embody chairs.

Recent client installation with Renew sit-to-stand tables and Herman Miller Embody chairs.

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Lucky You

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)




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.


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.


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?


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