December 11, 2014
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
- First Office
- HermanMiller Healthcare – Nemschoff
- Horty Elving Architects
- NewStudio Architecture
- Pope Architects
- Studio Hive
- Wold Architects and Engineers
December 4, 2014
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:
The Winner: Gustav by Christian Pistauer from Auckland, New Zealand
In 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.”
November 21, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more research and information visit http://www.hermanmiller.com.
November 7, 2014
With cold temperatures, the holidays and snow around the corner, Intereum has some exciting events on the horizon. The AIA’s Access Excellence, the Power Office Event, and Herman Miller’s WeCare 2014 will provide ample opportunity for networking, learning and spreading holiday cheer!
AIA Minnesota Convention & Exposition: Access Excellence
From November 11th-14th the American Institute of Architects will host the 80th Annual AIA Minnesota Convention & Exposition at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Access Excellence event invites architects, contractors, engineers, manufacturers and interior designers to engaging seminars and a free exhibit hall. The exhibit hall will be packed with products, services, activities and information. Intereum will be at booth #514 on Wednesday and Thursday during exhibiting times. The Intereum booth will exhibit Seeyond’s newest product line. Being the only dealer in the Twin Cities, Intereum will help to show the customizable Seeyond products which help to create collaborative spaces, functional displays and quick touchdown areas for meetings.
The Power Office Event
Winter marks an exciting event season for Intereum. On Thursday November 13th, Intereum will host the Power Office event featuring guest speaker Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of Evereve (formerly Hot Mama). Evereve is a contemporary, retail brand that encourages busy moms to love the woman she is today and to be fully alive through expression and clothing. This free event provides an inspiring presentation into the success of Evereve and Megan Tamte’s career in the retail business. Not only will attendees learn about Evereve, they will have time to network while enjoying appetizers and beverages provided by Herman Miller. If you are interested in attending the Power Office Event, make sure to RSVP here!
Herman Miller WeCare Event
On December 10th, Herman Miller’s WeCare event will take place at the newly renovated multipurpose space of the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club – The Carl & Eloise Pohlad Activity Center. This special holiday gathering will bring cheer to Minneapolis by creating holiday crafts with children from the ages of 5 to 13. The children of North Minneapolis will have a chance to create crafts alongside volunteers (including members from Intereum), visit Santa Clause, wrap gifts, and take home cozy attire, including mittens, hats and scarves. This tradition within the Boys and Girls Club of North Minneapolis has become a favorite volunteering opportunity for the design community and members of Intereum.
Interested in joining the Intereum team at Herman Miller’s WeCare event? Contact Leah Schwartzrock – email@example.com.
Eloise Pohlad Activity Center
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
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