June 15, 2011
Intereum offers several services to provide a complete, turn-key solution to our clients. For the most unique project requirements, we rely on our highly skilled and experienced craftsmen in the Custom Shop. They consistently produce quality results in modifying standard furniture, refurbishing and repairing existing furniture, and custom product manufacturing.
Here at Intereum, we think outside of the box – literally! If a manufacturer cannot ship a product exactly how our client wants it, our Custom Shop can usually figure out a way to modify it. If a workstation requires an unusual worksurface shape, our Shop employees can most likely fabricate it. We see customizations as opportunities, not obstacles!
Intereum’s Custom Shop can also create unique products “from scratch”. So from custom granite counters to curved laminate modesty panels, our skilled craftsmen love to get creative!
Next time you dream of an office furniture solution you think cannot be done, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763-417-3300 and we will do our best to prove that it can!
Becoming an Agent of Change through Sustainability: How do our choices and behaviors affect sustainability?
May 17, 2011
Sustainability is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as “the ability to meet our needs without compromising the needs of future generations.” This includes not only the environmental considerations, but also the social and economic impacts. The culmination of the social, economic and environmental impacts is referred to as the “Triple Bottom Line”. It requires doing more with less, adapting to constantly changing technology, and updating our outdated buildings; all difficult to achieve – much less maintain – in this economic climate.
The topic of sustainability can be a challenging one, because it forces us to analyze our behavior and choices. It is as much about planning as it is about the Three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). It brings up several “What ifs”: What if including more contractors in the upfront design and planning phase of a project would allow you to integrate your systems to save energy, increase thermal comfort and air quality, and save on long-term life-cycle costs of your space? What if your design team included vendors that have products that accommodate change in the future and thus reduce the cost and labor that is inevitable with expansions? What if these products made your users happier, more satisfied and helped your business attract and retain the best and brightest? How does your behavior and the choices you make affect the “Triple Bottom Line” and thus sustainability?
A recent paper released by DIRTT (stands for Doing It Right This Time) writes, “This is a discussion about our behaviors: The way we approach buildings and the way the buildings ultimately behave…choosing better materials as a substitute for real sustainability is the equivalent of choosing palliative care over a healthy lifestyle.” Also, Bill Stumpf, one of the creators and visionaries of the iconic Aeron Chair, wrote a book titled The Ice Palace That Melted Away. This book addresses behaviors, virtues and civility and how they shape culture and affect sustainability. “Disposable culture”, consumerism, and “material wastefulness” are also topics in this book. He writes,
“In my lifetime, I will use up nearly 20,000 disposable razors, 25,000 gallons of hot water and 500 six-ounce cans of aerosol shave cream (62 shaving years, God-willing, one shave per day). By comparison, in all his years of removing whiskers, my grandfather used less than half a dozen straight razors, maybe two or three honing straps, at best 100 bars of Ivory soap, maybe a dozen shaving brushes, one ceramic later mug, and less than one quart of hot water per shave (75 percent less hot water than I use). I can’t help wondering if in such simple routines I shouldn’t shun an obvious material wastefulness and indifference to the details of daily life and adopt a less material existence in general, extracting more pleasure from the art of living,”
A renewed commitment to planning is an integral step to sustainable projects. Thus, having an integrated project team and proactively planning for change is essential. Proper planning and strategic partnerships enable synergies to happen and allow sustainability to flourish. Stay tuned for our next Agent of Change post on collaboration!
This blog post is the final part of our series focusing on Herman Miller’s ergonomic seating portfolio. Our previous post discussed the Mirra and Celle chairs. It is now time for Embody and SAYL to shine!
Embody: the First “Health-Positive” Chair
The Embody chair was designed by (Minnesota native) Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf. There are three main innovations at work in the Embody ergonomics: Pixilated Support™, the “kicker”, and Backfit™ system. All three support dynamic movement and spinal health (hence the term “health-positive”!).
Stumpf and Weber were inspired by a piece of furniture most of us use for about as long as we sit a work chair: a bed mattress! A decent mattress distributes pressure evenly, and if one person moves or turns, the other is not bothered by it. This concept was translated to both the back and seat of the Embody.
Pixilated Support™ is a matrix of points in the seat and back of the Embody chair that evenly distributes the pressure exerted on the user’s body. The neutralization of pressure reduces the circulation reduction that happens at high pressure points.
When the user sets their Embody’s tilt at one of the ten settings to best match their weight, the “kicker” allows the user to stretch beyond that point when needed. This supports movement and blood flow throughout the work day.
With Backfit™, a flexible backrest system adjustable at 9.3 degrees, a user can set the Embody to support a curved or straight back. The curved back setting will recline 9.3 degrees more than the straight back setting, keeping the S-curve supported and the visual horizon level.
Check out Herman Miller’s Embody Experience!
SAYL: Life Unframed
The SAYL chair, designed by Yves Behar, was inspired by the famous San Fransisco Golden Gate Bridge. The suspension tower structure and mechanics were mimicked in this chair by using the Y-Tower to suspend a 3D-intelligent back material. The material has tension areas to support transition areas between the thoracic and lumbar and also the lumbar and sacrum. The hinge points built into the back help rotate the pelvis forward, keeping the circulation healthy throughout the work day. All of these details continue providing “health-positive” attributes and allow for a completely frameless back design.
The back material can also be upholstered and still have the 3D-intelligent characteristics!
Can you see the similarity in back shape between the Embody and SAYL chairs? The narrow upper back offers a full range of movement to the seated user’s upper body. This further accommodates movement throughout the day, which improves blood flow.
May 3, 2011
We all know Herman Miller’s Aeron chair, designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick; it has become an icon. It was the first chair to lose the upholstery. It is part of the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection. It can often be sighted in movies. But what makes it such a pioneer and still keeps it relevant today? The unique PostureFit™ design.
The human spine has four major regions: the sacrum, lumbar, thoracic and cervical. As you can see in the diagram, the spine is best stabilized at the sacrum and thoracic. Herman Miller took this information, and instead of targeting the lumbar and placing a gap at the sacrum like most chairs on the market, they focused the PostureFit™ system on the stable base of the spine: the sacrum.
Sitting is believing – try the Aeron chair for yourself! E-mail email@example.com to set up an appointment at our showroom, or just come by for a visit.
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 20, 2009
Intereum has recently updated its Plymouth showroom with some new offerings from Herman Miller. Pictured above is Herman Miller’s new Setu Chair placed around an Eames Conference Table. The table has a special bamboo veneer that is available through custom order.
In another area of the showroom the Herman Miller Intent Furniture has been installed with the Embody chair seen at the desks.
This furniture system is not only beautiful but movable giving the flexibility in the workplace. This freestanding installation could be moved as needed in an office environment.