August 23, 2012
Everyone can relate to the thought of believing something is too good to be true. And sometimes, the best possible way to cast those doubts aside is to simply give it a try.
This is exactly what a clinic opening in 2011 sought out to test. Interested in the highly reputable DIRTT Environmental Solutions, the clinic selected this product for their new location. Given the obstacle of working within a former retail space, the DIRTT Wall Fronts, Divisional Walls, and Barn Doors allowed to elegantly display and acoustically protect the space, and of course, provide the option to reconfigure the environment any time down the road.
Since this project has been installed, more clinics are being designed with DIRTT. The end result is not just a beautifully designed aesthetic, but it is one that is practical and easily reconfigured to meet the next need and purpose while maximizing space. Not to mention the speed and cleanliness that DIRTT prefab construction can provide allows for quicker move-in, easier access to interior wall sections for technology or fixture hookups, and client customization.
Design has an impact on patients just as much as it does the staff that provide the care. In the end, this clinic found that what they thought was too good to be true could become their reality.
May 17, 2012
Before things heat up with the summer calendar, be sure to check out two upcoming CEU offerings from Intereum and Herman Miller and reserve your spot. Registration is open!
Healthcare Trends and Facility Issues presented by Kathy Okland
Date: June 26, 2012
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Seven the Steakhouse
700 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
REGISTER HERE and please indicate the number of attendees, provide name(s) and contact information.
Your Carbon Footprint: How to Step More Lightly presented by Thaddeus Owen
Date: July 26, 2012
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Location: Rock Island Room at The Depot
225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401 Map
April 19, 2012
At Intereum, we believe that furniture and the physical environment have a transformative effect on learners. Having served the education market for over 28 years, we’ve become a go-to resource for clients in the K-12 and Higher Education markets. As a Herman Miller Certified Dealer, we recognize that quality products are derived from extensive research, problem solving, and with a commitment to human-centered designs.
Seven years ago, Intereum formed a partnership with V/S, which like Herman Miller, is a research-driven company that delivers quality, ergonomically-fit, and suitable education furniture for 21st Century learners in K-12 and Higher Education environments. With their extensive knowledge of the industry and trends, V/S partnered with Cannon Design to publish the book The Third Teacher, a cabinet of wonders on how design can transform the ecology of learning.
“It is time to change the conversation about learning. It is time to transform our understanding of teaching and learning. It is time for a holistic consideration that creates a new ecology of living, growing and learning for our children.” – Cannon Design
In support of the research and its impact on education as a whole, Intereum and V/S are cosponsors for a learning presentation featuring Trung Le. As a key leader in education for Cannon Design, an ‘Ideas Based Architectural Practice’ recognized worldwide for their design excellence and technological innovation, Le has become an award-winning speaker, consultant, and collaborator on The Third Teacher publication.
Trung Le, who is most recognized for his advocacy and work with educational design, has opened the doors to meaningful conversations about changing the education landscape to better serve the 21st Century learners. His experience and design philosophy for emboldening student inquiry and imagination have given way to how change through design can foster growth with students.
8 Chapters, 79 Ideas: What started as a research project, turned into a published book, works as a design tool, and now serves as the motivation for a architectural groups near and far. To experience the conversation, visit the TED Talk featuring Trung Le.
April 6, 2012
Our world is becoming smaller and smaller each and every day. With borders shrinking between countries, the ease of travel, and the flow of technology, people, cultures, and societies are becoming more connected. What happens in remote corners of the earth now has a global impact. And unequivocally, our society is our world.
Herman Miller’s former CEO, Max DePree, shed light on this topic when he said, “We can not live our lives isolated from the needs of society”. At the core of Herman Miller’s values lay the dimensions of the Better World program: To build a better world around you through environmental advocacy, inclusiveness and diversity, health and well-being, and community service. In this spirit, Herman Miller announced a partnership with the MASS Design Group in October 2011, a company who’s breadth of design spans from the brick they lay to the hearts they touch. This alliance brings both organization’s philosophy of human-centered designs to center stage by using space to contribute to better health. MASS Design Group’s formed friendship will be supported by Herman Miller’s employee volunteer program in which they’ll provide resources and employee support to Haiti and Rwanda.
So what exactly does MASS Design Group do? Put simply, they design buildings to heal communities. But even while being put simply, this is no simple task.
Their vision of a healthy community doesn’t end at laying the last brick in their buildings, it’s a process that is outlined by three sectors. It is through appropriate design, local investment, and innovation that makes healing communities possible. MASS has been so effective at this that organizations and people around the world are standing in awe and being inspired by the design group’s heart, passion, vision and beauty. It’s also no wonder why MASS is the 2012 Contract Designer of the Year. Congratulations and thank you for all you have done and continue to do!
Take a look at this video and learn more about MASS, it’s worth the watch!
January 11, 2010
Metropolis magazine has announced the focus for its annual Next Generation Design Competition: ONE DESIGN FIX FOR THE FUTURE. The winner receives a $10,000 prize. Next Generation 2010 is sponsored by Herman Miller and entries are due January 29, 2010.
ONE DESIGN FIX FOR THE FUTURE, the Next Generation Design Competition, challenges designers of all kinds — architects, interior designers, product designers, landscape designers, graphic designers and communication designers. The magazine is looking for entries that propose ONE DESIGN FIX to our designed environment, fixes that can be applied to the way that the designer himself or herself may actually live today: the products we use at home or work, our home or workplace, our city or any commercial application. A design fix that may be quite humble or affect only a small thing, but which in scale, deployed throughout our society, can improve our future by making it more sustainable, energy-efficient, less damaging to the environment.
December 14, 2009
Have you ever seen, or possibly worked in, an environment where there are cords and cables everywhere? In today’s data and communication heavy world it is impossible not to have multiple different electrical wires going to each workstation, not to mention inside of conference rooms. Another fact that complicates today’s workplace is that flexibility is needed now more than ever as changes can happen at what sometimes seems like the speed of light. Connectrac is truly a brilliant product in that it solves the problem of cords & cables in the workplace in a simple, economical and elegant way while still giving the users flexibility.
Clinton Strong from Connectrac visited Intereum and gave the company a presentation about their raceway systems. Connectrac provides floor-mounted, low-profile raceway systems for power, voice, and data. All Connectrac systems are economical, flexible, and relocatable, inviting you to get connected without being tied down. Here is a video of Clinton while he presenting to the staff at Intereum:
Connectrac floor-mounted electrical raceway systems consist of a shallow track with a removable aluminum cap, forming a rectangular conduit to encase electrical wires. A number of devices can be located along the track, providing connectivity where needed, and a variety of finish options can cover the track, integrating it with the existing design elements.
November 13, 2009
Some architects and designers are expanding into completely new practice areas during the current economic downtown. This trend is happening particularly in the LA area where architects have been sharply affected after years of growth. Architect Barbara Bestor is acting as creative director on a number or brand identity projects, working on graphics, logos, and web identity for clients that include Fuse Entertainment, Pitfire Pizza, and several start-up restaurants.
Another architect, LA-based Debi Van Zyl, is finding some success at selling hand-knitted children’s dolls on the website Etsy.com. One doll, named Bernard, looks like a cross between a hammerhead shark, a lizzard, and an alien; none wear black-rimmed circular glasses.
While no one believes the recession has ended, there are indications the worst may be over. The American Institute of Architect’s Architecture Billings Index, after two and a half years of decline, reports that demand for housing seems to be rebounding.