October 23, 2014
Our bodies are made to move and shift positions constantly, yet research shows that on an average we Americans are sitting, resting or sleeping for about 21 hours each day. Sedentary lifestyles increase our risks for diabetes, some cancers, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, Herman Miller has focused on this necessity to move through ways that support movement, comfortability and health by creating a natural environment within the workplace. Thus, Herman Miller created the Renew Sit-to-Stand tables for this purpose. The Renew Sit-to-Stand tables make shifting from sitting to standing a breeze, enabling health-positive movement and activity through long work days.
The slim profile of the Renew Sit-to-Stand provides a sleek look while opening up more space to stretch your legs while creating an aesthetically pleasing environment in any setting. The soft paddle shaped switch under the desk works simply to raise or lower the desk to the individual’s liking. With such easy adjustment between sitting and standing, thoughts, meetings or phone calls are not interrupted by transition. Herman Miller took care to create softly angled corners which help to avoid bumps or bruises that can occur while moving from sitting to standing or the other way around. Combined with a supportive desk chair, the Renew Sit-to-Stand tables support a full range of motion while you work.
The Renew Sit-to-Stand tables work seamlessly in all places that you can. Whether in a private office, system furnitures, collaborative spaces, or an open office, the Renew provides natural movement by creating a choice between an active standing or sitting meeting. The sit-to-stand tables can even work efficiently in conference rooms by holding stand-up meetings that put health on the agenda.
October 16, 2014
Friday October 3rd marked IIDA Northland‘s 9th annual fashion charity event Fusion+Fashion! This year’s Fusion+Fashion event proved to be a huge success complete with lavish costumes, intricate hairstyles and wonderful celebrity judges. The theme this year was Get Amplified!, where teams created a runway fashion look based on musical venues across the globe. Venues included First Avenue in Minneapolis, the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Intereum’s Le Theatre Antique D’Orange in Orange, France and many more.
The IIDA Northland Chapter‘s mission is to promote and enhance the Interior Design industry and profession. Through communal professional development activities, the IIDA Northland Chapter works to serve the community and give to those involved in Interior Design. Thus, the Fusion+Fashion event provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the IIDA Northland Chapter while giving back to the community. From the Fusion+Fashion event 30% of proceeds were distributed into the Education Fund. This fund assists professional development of IIDA members within the Northland Chapter region to open opportunity, deepen involvement within the design community, and grow as an Interior Design professional.
Based on the Get Amplifed! theme, our Intereum team put their heads together to create a beautiful look drawing inspiration from Le Theatre Antique D’Orange‘s tiered seating, the metal truss running above the stage, the grandeur stage and the stunning operatic character that could be seen performing in such a venue. From top to bottom Le Theatre Antique D’Orange was portrayed using Herman Miller laminate, Maharam textile, silk, lace, and wood.
For the model (myself) and our wonderful hair and makeup artist Heather Walling, the preparation for Fusion+Fashion started at 11 a.m. sharp. We began working on the makeup that would not only capture the audience, but would enhance the theme surrounding Le Theatre Antique D’Orange. With sharp reds, sparkling silvers, bold eyelashes and baby doll lips, the look came together seamlessly to create the operatic figure we envisioned. After finishing makeup, we faced a bigger challenge: the big operatic hair. Luckily with a few bobby pins (only about 90), two decorative pumpkins, and my long hair, the look came together. Heather enhanced the look with intricate braids, red hair spray and the decorative silver truss.
After hair and makeup, we arrived at Orchestra Hall, which provided an incredible venue with high ceilings and angled acoustics for the perfect sound. In the atrium prior to the runway show, Intereum and Herman Miller hosted a wonderful prelude party complete with tasty hors d’oeuvres, a photographer, drinks and music.
With final touches done, the costume fit snug and a successful interview complete, it was time to hit the runway. Sleek Seeyond Select walls (provided by Intereum) lined the edges of the stage as I entered the runway, concealing me from an eager audience. Cheers from the Intereum team were easily decipherable as I walked the runway under the bright lights of the Orchestra Hall. The pictures of each of the beautiful models walking the runway, getting ready behind the scenes and posing on stage can be seen here: Fusion+Fashion pictures 2014.
Thank you to the IIDA Northland Chapter for putting on such a wonderful event! And most importantly, thank you to the amazing Intereum team who spent weeks putting this amazing look together – you are all so talented and wonderful! It truly was a night to remember.
October 6, 2014
Whether in the office or in the comfort of your home, Lifesize Cloud is a video conferencing solution that enables clear, efficient conferencing virtually from any location. Unlike any other video conferencing solution, Lifesize Cloud helps to connect you with coworkers seamlessly through any device including cell phones, tablets, personal computers, laptops, etc. Each conference through Lifesize allows 25 participants; however, each participant in the conference call is not limited to just an individual on their laptop, a participant could be a group gathered in a conference room. Thus the possibilities through Lifesize Cloud are endless.
Have a decision that needs to be made immediately? Lifesize Cloud creates a whole new level of video conferencing by allowing the users to call and connect with others in an instant without hassle. The user is able to pick contacts by name rather than by numbers, IDs, or PIN numbers. Not only is it simple to connect with coworkers, Lifesize has reinvented video conferencing by creating a solution that is ‘plug and play’. ‘Plug and play’ is the idea that Lifesize Cloud can be implemented and maintained by the user without constant IT support.
This award-winning video conferencing solution provides the highest quality video which is remarkably lifelike and as easy and natural as meeting in person. Lifesize Cloud also received recognition in being the ‘easiest endpoint to use’ and the ability of the solution to work right out of the box. With our knowledgable Audio Visual team at Intereum, these award-winning room video systems can now be implemented into conference and meeting rooms for simplistic and realistic video conferencing. Our Audio Visual team can also assist in incorporating Lifesize Cloud to mobile devices, tablets and personal computers to provide easy connection to coworkers at the touch of a button.
August 21, 2014
Intereum Principals, Bret Abbott and Matt Sveen, were nominated by Mary Schwartz for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They accepted and Intereum will be donating to ALS, giving a total of $500 to #strikeoutals. They have nominated Candace Nelson, Mark Stuhlmueller, and Lou Reid of Herman Miller. You have 24 hrs to complete the challenge.
August 18, 2014
Our company outing this summer was a day to remember that included great people bearing Intereum shirts, beautiful weather and a cruise on Lake Minnetonka aboard the Queen of Excelsior. The Queen of Excelsior hosted a wonderful staff who served ice cold drinks, a tasty taco bar and an assortment of sweet desserts. Throughout the cruise our knowledgeable captain told fun facts about the grandeur houses and landmarks that surround Lake Minnetonka, ranging from million dollar boats to the Pillsbury mansion.
Our summer outing represents how lucky we are to be surrounded by such wonderful employees who work hard everyday to make Intereum truly an amazing workplace! Thank you to each and every person who made our outing possible and for making Intereum a great place to work day in and day out! We could not have asked for a more enjoyable afternoon surrounded by great people and a beautiful lake!
August 15, 2014
With successful concepts such as the Action Office and Living Office, recently Herman Miller has been researching and collecting information about incorporating nature-mimicking spaces that satisfy the human necessity for a connection to the natural world. Studies have confirmed that natural spaces enhance a meditative state of mind while simultaneously assisting in reducing stress. This research also showed that connecting with nature helps to rejuvenate the brain completely. But how could trees, grass, sunshine, and a little fresh air rejuvenate our brains?
Attention Restoration Theory (ART) helps to explain why nature can work wonders in rejuvenating our brains. Researchers from the University of Michigan explain that our attention comes in two ‘flavors': involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary attention is when something interesting captures our attention, while voluntary attention is when we focus to complete a task. As described by the researchers of the University of Michigan, nature is filled with vibrant stimuli which captures our attention in a bottom-up fashion, or a way that first examines the finer details and then the big picture. The striking, involuntary attention capturing effects of nature can give our brains a chance to replenish when it comes to a top-down approach, or looking at the big picture first and then working out the finer details. However, designs implementing nature aren’t simply beneficial to the individual office worker– it can be a sound economic investment, too. An exercise that applied biophilic (nature oriented) work spaces found that if incorporated into many New York City offices $470 million would be regained in productivity value.
Rosalyn Cama, president of Cama, Inc., an interior planning and design firm, describes her passion for finding work place solutions that implement nature-mimicking spaces. Cama explained an experiment she uses on groups at a national convention in New York. Cama asks the group, “‘Imagine a stressful time in your recent past. If you could escape anywhere in the world to help reduce your anxiety, where would you go?’ For thirteen years, Cama has continued to ask the same question and she finds that 95% or more usually select an outdoor space. She then proposes another question asking why they chose the space they did. Many reply explaining their destination as calming, stress-free and serene.
A combination of both Herman Miller’s Living Office and a biophilic environment could create this leisurely space that over 95% of individuals desire. The combination could implement a space where office workers enjoy the space and look forward to work that harmoniously mixes a calm, functional, stress-relieving, collaborative and productive environment. The Living Office alone creates a natural physical environment that exposes a generous amount of natural light and brings a communal sense to the everyday office. Herman Miller’s Living Office combined with even more biophilic elements could enhance productivity by rejuvenating brains and creating a space that each person looks forward to working in. The future for both Herman Miller and the standard, everyday office is starting to look very green!