The Compass System Wins Gold for Herman Miller at NeoCon 2010

Herman Miller Healthcare, a division of Herman Miller, Inc., led the way at NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair 2010 – the premier exhibition for the commercial furnishings industry held annually at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago – earning a Best of NeoCon® Gold Award for its Compass™ System in the Healthcare Furnishings category.

Launched this week at NeoCon, Compass is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Herman Miller and Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy headquartered in Boston. The modular furniture system revolutionizes how designers and end-users address the constant state of change in healthcare spaces, all while providing a consistently superior experience for patients, families and staff.

A rail-hung wall system, Compass creates flex space in the hospital. If more space is needed for a patient’s supplies, a wall panel can be swapped out for a 13-inch-deep storage cabinet, said Joel Van Wyck, director of healthcare products.

Each unit has a wood-tone thermal foil surface.

It’s “95.5 percent PVC free,” Van Wyck said. “They’re designed to be reused, instead of ripping out cabinetry.”

Even the modular sink is germ-phobic and anti-splash, he said.

A Herman Miller-designed faucet tips slightly toward the back of the sink, sides of the sink slope inward, and the drain is offset, so water doesn’t splash directly into it.

The annual Best of NeoCon Awards for product is juried by interior design and real estate management professionals. Now in their 21st year, the awards are sponsored and organized by the International Interior Design Association, the International Facility Management Association, Contract magazine, the McMorrow Report and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Compass will be on display at the Herman Miller Showroom (#330) throughout the show.

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