March 24, 2011
Herman Miller’s Canvas Office Landscape is designed for today but will evolve for tomorrow. Canvas is a holistic work environment that brings choice, harmony and connection to organizations and their spaces. Canvas is a holistic perspective on work environments: it’s the next step for Vivo and Intent with ongoing design development.
Herman Miller understands that you want more and less, “More connection, more collaboration, more technology, more transparency, more flexibility, and more consistency. Less real estate, less formality, less hassle, and less impact on the environment.” Canvas is designed to encompass these needs and is a “kit of parts” that can accommodate many needs from private offices to open plans. A variety of design is possible through combinations of finishes and colors.
Some highlights of the Canvas solution:
- Diverse and nimble design to respond to varying needs
- Ability to lower horizon planes allowing more natural light throughout the space
- Can move to an open plan allowing for privacy or openness
- Bring existing Vivo and Intent installations forward as work continues to evolve
- Allows for more teamwork and collaborative areas that build interaction, dialogue and contact
- Supports business and people in a natural, balanced way
- Aligns with Herman Miller’s belief that facilities are based on change
We have two new installations of Canvas in our Showroom. Stop in and experience it for yourself!
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March 8, 2011
Kerrie Cardon, RN, AIA, ACHA, spoke at Intereum last week about Enhancing Safety Through Design in Healthcare environments. She is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Architect recruited by Herman Miller to research healthcare environments and share her findings with Healthcare Providers, Designers, Planners and Architects. She travels across the country delivering CEU’s. Below are some takeaways from the Enhancing Safety Through Design CEU she delivered last week:
“The buildings that we are building and planning today really do impact safety” – Kerrie Cardon
Single Bed Rooms allow patient privacy, higher occupancy, fewer transfers, improved infection control and a family support zone. This is good for the patient and their families, but it increases staff travel distances according to Kerrie. Couple this with the fact that supplies are centralized and decentralized, our Nurses walk 1-5 miles per day/shift. Kerrie job-shadows Nurses to observe behavior, and she notices that Nurses don’t get a change to rest as they are always on their feet. Kerrie suggests having nursing needs located in or close to patient rooms to reduce foot travel. Example: Storing medications in locked drawers in patient rooms or mobile carts with locking drawers. She also suggests that for standardization compliance, try to have everything at the Nurse’s fingertips so they don’t skip steps. Example: Utilizing mobile carts and mobile workstations.
The mobile workstation allows for fewer footsteps to be taken each shift. Nurses can work anywhere. The mobile workstation also allows for changes in technology. “Flexible planning dictates multi-use space vs. single-use space” Kerrie reminds. When designing workstations, keep in mind the use of adjustable-height worksurfaces to accommodate different-sized employees (this is especially relevant with the increased amount of men entering the nursing field).
Simple things to keep in mind when designing:
- Proper lighting is essential at the point of care – especially when 40% of Nurses are over the age of 50
- Overhead storage can be dangerous – consider the use of mobile carts
- 83% of Nurses work with back pain, and back injuries cost about $16B/year. Providing lift equipment in as many places as possible allows quicker, easier access to maximize compliance. This means allocating more space for equipment since lifts don’t have a small footprint.
- Getting patients to walk around is essential – they heal faster, but it increases the risk of injury. Adding placed of rest throughout the corridor where patients can have a place to rest when walking around will increase their willingness to move about.
For more information about Kerrie, her information or to learn how you can attend a CEU next time she is in town, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24, 2011
We’ve been excited for the new Herman Miller and Yves Béhar’s SAYL chair for a long time now. It’s been three years in the making! Yes, the chair is a comfy, ergonomic sit. Yes, the chair is highly affordable. Yes, the chair has Herman Miller’s comprehensive 12-year, 3-shift parts and labor warranty. But it’s the chair’s suspension bridge inspired design that continues Herman Miller’s tradition of innovation.
Here’s what Herman Miller’s website has to say about the inspiration, “It was one of those aha! moments. Béhar wondered, could the engineering principles of a suspension bridge be applied to a chair? It turned out that, not only was it possible, but using a suspension tower to support an unframed back would reduce materials, weight, and environmental impact.”
Yves Béhar’s industrial design and branding firm, fuseproject, worked with Herman Miller to create and launch the SAYL chair. Designed with a focus on minimalism, the SAYL chair is lighter, carries less of an environmental burden and is the lowest cost task chair that Herman Miller has to offer. The SAYL chair is set apart by its frameless back structure. The suspension tower design allows for end user flexibility and movement – they can move and twist throughout the workday while maintaining an ergonomic posture. The back is available mid- or high-back and with many suspension materials. There is a whole family of seating from task chairs to side chairs.
Stop into our Showroom for a cup of coffee and a sit. You can make an appointment email@example.com or just drop by.
December 1, 2010
Swoop is a new lounge seating collection by Herman Miller. Brian Kane was selected to design the new collection. Known for furnishing airports, banks and hotels, Kane’s received over 80 design awards and his designs have been exhibited at the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums in New York and the Museum of Modern art in San Francisco.
Totally modular and flexible, Swoop was designed to fit how you sit, work in many furnishing applications and plug into collaboration and technology.
Swoop was designed with molded plywood curves to allow for total end user comfort. The user can sit upright, lean comfortably, lay down or put their feet up. The furniture was designed to support work, rest or play.
The sweeping curves of the modular components allow for many applications: offices, collaborative areas, informal learning settings, conference environments and waiting areas. The applications can be formal or casual. Swoop is perfect for Education, Government, Corporate, Law and Healthcare environments.
The lounge seating incorporates tables into the line. There are freestanding tables that can double as seating. There are chairs that make up a sofa, but order a powered same-height table in place of one of the chairs so the end users can plug in. There are short, powered tables that can be clustered together for an informal seating area. These tables can also double as ottomans.
October 22, 2010
The event took place on October 15 at the Depot in Minneapolis. Attendees were dressed to impress and gathered around a white, sparkling catwalk. The judges were introduced: Allison Hamzehpour, Anna Lee, Mary O’Regan and Christopher Straub. After a brief introduction, DJ BOB kicked up the music as the models hit the runway.
There was a new category this year: Zero Landfill. Intereum took the prize for this category as our garment was made from more than 75% recycled goods.
After the show ended and the awards were handed out, attendees jumped onto the lighted runway and turned it into a dance floor.