Get Ready: NeoCon and MinneCon 2015

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NeoCon 2015 is less than a week away – what do we expect to see this year? Keep reading to find out.

Herman Miller

When you first walk into NeoCon, the Chadwick Modular Seating system will be there to greet you. Chadwick is a special piece in which Herman Miller has entered into the Best of NeoCon category for 2015. With five movable units, Chadwick is the most versatile and durable lounge seating option on the market. Arrange and rearrange Chadwick into an individual seat, a small sofa or a large couch to accommodate your space and individual needs.

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The Herman Miller display will also be hosting the Eames molded stools. Created by Charles and Ray Eames, the molded stool comes in several veneers along with two height options. The Eames molded stool provides comfort that forms to each body in any place.

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Herman Miller will also welcome the Distil Desk and Table at NeoCon 2015. Distil marries elegance and technological integration with soft edges and beautifully molded plywood. Distil also simply conceals devices and chargers while keeping them close for easy use. Laminate-lined storage units mount on the left or right side for quick stowaways.

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Another exciting product that will be seen at NeoCon 2015 is the Metaform Portfolio. With lightweight, movable blocks, the Metaform portfolio can be reconfigured in seconds to restructure your space. The blocks fit together perfectly, come apart, and rearrange.

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Herman Miller Healthcare/Nemschoff

This year at NeoCon 2015, Herman Miller Healthcare/Nemschoff will be displaying the Palisade Collection. Palisade encourages family and friends to participate and connect with patients throughout the healing process. The Flop Sofa incorporated into the Palisade Collection is designed for 24 hour use by converting quickly from sitting area to sleeping surface. Integrated technology, optional lighting and various features support the needs of various individuals.

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Nemschoff will also be showcasing Terra Casegoods. Created for the treatment area, Terra provides components that support a multitude of healthcare applications. Terra is adjustable, efficient and diverse to satisfy the needs of caregivers, patients or families.

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Geiger

At NeoCon 2015, Geiger will be highlighting the sophisticated Tuxedo Component Lounge. The Tuxedo Component Lounge incorporates elegantly tall steel legs along with a low structure. Like a classic tuxedo, the component lounge is elegant and proportioned just right for comfort. With a full array of configurations from an ottoman and club chair to full-size corner sectional, the Tuxedo Component Lounge is a simple, architectural arrangement that fits any space.

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Geiger will also be showcasing the MP Table. The MP table is designed on a crisply proportioned platform of metal columns while supporting a wide range of work/life situations. With four available heights, the MP Table works as a side table, personal table desk, lounge-height work surface, conference table and café table.

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Alongside the MP table and Tuxedo Component Lounge, the Crosshatch Chair will be seen at NeoCon 2015. Crosshatch utilizes minimal materials to construct a simple, classic profile. With crosshatched parachute cords, the Crosshatch Chair supplies the necessary back support while adjusting to fit the comfort needs of a breadth of users.

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MAI Alur

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MAI Alur will be exhibiting their new Alur wall options for 2015. What’s new about MAI Alur’s wall systems for 2015?

Soft Close Mechanism: Soft close sliding door mechanism features a pneumatic cylinder to gently close the door for improved function and convenience.

Hinge Door: Frameless hinge door features sleek, ADA compliant hinges and sound seals on all four sides to provide optimal sound attenuation.

Wood Door: Solid core wood door features MAI premium wood grain laminates or custom stain to match veneer finishes and a heavy duty offset pivot to provide an exceptionally smooth door operation.

Top Locking Ladder Pull: Locking ladder pull features an ADA compliant top locking mechanism and is available in two sizes for doors up to 9′ high and doors over 9′ to 10′ high.

Convenience Options: New convenience options feature an innovative top frame mounted roller catch for hold close function and a magnetic door catch for hold open function.

 

MinneCon 2015

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A month following NeoCon, we hope to see you at MinneCon on July 16th. Make sure to keep an eye out for Intereum and Herman Miller!

Herman Miller, one of the sponsors of MinneCon 2015, will also be providing a continental breakfast alongside CEU, “Scenarios 2018”, which will be presented by Paula Edwards, a Herman Miller expert in commercial interior design and facilities management.

Scenarios 2018, one of the most exciting upcoming CEU presentations, will explore the unpredictable future and how our decisions now are affecting how well our workplace will support workers of tomorrow. Paula Edwards’s interactive session will utilize scenario thinking to present three scenarios and the resulting conclusions about how work will change through 2018. The scenarios are intended to support deeper thinking and to imagine how in turn, the workplace might change to support the future.

Paula will share her expertise and insight with Minnesota CEUS at MinneCon 2015 from 7 to 8 am. Click here for registration information. And click to register for Scenarios 2018 and events here.

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CEUs at MinneCon 2015

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A Welcoming Design

It’s hard to miss the buzz surrounding healthcare and how care environments are evolving to address the demand for patient-centered and family-centered experiences.

Herman Miller Healthcare Living Office is a new approach to understanding healthcare work in order to foster greater staff collaboration, enhance organizational performance and improve clinical outcomes. Research performed by Herman Miller identified that patients with guests assisting in their care were more likely to recover sooner, receive a better level of care, and rate their overall satisfaction of their experience higher.  As healthcare organizations begin to realize the value of adding loved ones to the patient’s support team, the focus turned to finding a better way to accommodate guests in patient rooms.

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With a long history of designing solutions that address patient needs in healthcare environments, Nemschoff took on the challenge to develop a solution that would allow family members to be intuitively accommodated in the patient room. Working with Jess Sorel of Sorel Studio in San Francisco, the Palisade Collection was designed to help support and encourage family member participation in the healing process.

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As explained by Sorel in the Herman Miller WHY post, In This Together, he states that Palisade combines the philosophy of the Eames, the research of Herman Miller, and the craftsmanship of Nemschoff.  What’s the message that we want to send to a guest when they arrive? Are they apparent or are they an afterthought?

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Communicating through its design, the Palisade collection makes guests feel welcomed and part of the care and healing process.  The design and function of Palisade creates the personal space, security, and comfort that is needed, and by allowing the design of the space to be the host, patients are put at ease and relaxed. Watch this quick video to see how Palisade provides 24/7 support.Nemschoff_LI_PAL_SLEEP_867-37EN_P_201405_023_G_720_576

 

Learn more about the 7-time Award Winning Palisade Collection from Nemschoff and plan a visit to our healthcare showroom to experience it further.

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Herman Miller Challenge: Designing for New Office Nomads

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:

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The Winner: Gustav by Christian Pistauer from Auckland, New Zealand

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 6.35.58 PMIn 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.”

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Behind the Scenes: IIDA’s Fusion+Fashion 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Future for the Standard Office Looks Very Green

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With successful concepts such as the Action Office and Living Office, recently Herman Miller has been researching and collecting information about incorporating nature-mimicking spaces that satisfy the human necessity for a connection to the natural world. Studies have confirmed that natural spaces enhance a meditative state of mind while simultaneously assisting in reducing stress. This research also showed that connecting with nature helps to rejuvenate the brain completely. But how could trees, grass, sunshine, and a little fresh air rejuvenate our brains?

Attention Restoration Theory (ART) helps to explain why nature can work wonders in rejuvenating our brains. Researchers from the University of Michigan explain that our attention comes in two ‘flavors’: involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary attention is when something interesting captures our attention, while voluntary attention is when we focus to complete a task. As described by the researchers of the University of Michigan, nature is filled with vibrant stimuli which captures our attention in a bottom-up fashion, or a way that first examines the finer details and then the big picture. The striking, involuntary attention capturing effects of nature can give our brains a chance to replenish when it comes to a top-down approach, or looking at the big picture first and then working out the finer details. However, designs implementing nature aren’t simply beneficial to the individual office worker– it can be a sound economic investment, too. An exercise that applied biophilic (nature oriented) work spaces found that if incorporated into many New York City offices $470 million would be regained in productivity value.

Rosalyn Cama, president of Cama, Inc., an interior planning and design firm, describes her passion for finding work place solutions that implement nature-mimicking spaces. Cama explained an experiment she uses on groups at a national convention in New York. Cama asks the group, “‘Imagine a stressful time in your recent past. If you could escape anywhere in the world to help reduce your anxiety, where would you go?’ For thirteen years, Cama has continued to ask the same question and she finds that 95% or more usually select an outdoor space. She then proposes another question asking why they chose the space they did. Many reply explaining their destination as calming, stress-free and serene.

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A combination of both Herman Miller’s Living Office and a biophilic environment could create this leisurely space that over 95% of individuals desire. The combination could implement a space where office workers enjoy the space and look forward to work that harmoniously mixes a calm, functional, stress-relieving, collaborative and productive environment. The Living Office alone creates a natural physical environment that exposes a generous amount of natural light and brings a communal sense to the everyday office. Herman Miller’s Living Office combined with even more biophilic elements could enhance productivity by rejuvenating brains and creating a space that each person looks forward to working in. The future for both Herman Miller and the standard, everyday office is starting to look very green!

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Project Spotlight: Tara Kaur, DDS, Earns Eco-Dentistry Gold Certification

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We are especially excited to spotlight a recent project that Intereum had a strong role in furnishing! Located in Edina, Minnesota, Tara Kaur, DDS, PLLC is one of the first 100 dental practices worldwide to successfully complete the EDA’s GreenDOC program in order to achieve the Eco-Dentistry Association’s Gold Certification. A small group of dental offices meet the association’s highest standards due to strict expectations in pollution prevention, waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and a holistic, wellness-based practice. EDA’s GreenDOC program encompasses over 180 eco-friendly initiatives ranging from the physical office space, dental processes and materials, and administrative/community outreach methods implemented by the office. From this vast list, Tara Kaur, DDS, incorporated a multitude of initiatives reaching a total of 331 points thus earning the Eco-Dentistry Gold Certification—the first dental practice to earn the certification in Minnesota.

Examples of Dr. Kaur’s initiative to maintain an ecofriendly practice include focuses in reducing water and energy consumption, implementing green building materials successfully, and reducing and nearly eliminating all sources of waste. As a prime example, Dr. Kaur’s office utilizes digital imaging and digital patient charting, which reduces landfill waste and exposure to radiation by as much as 90%. Dr. Kaur said in regards to their certification, “We know our environmental problems are serious and each of us needs to do what we can to be part of the solution. As an EDA Certified Dental Practice, we are able to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental care while incorporating the highest standard of planetary care. We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful community devoted to being eco-conscious.”

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Prior to earning the certification, Dr. Tara Kaur’s goals remained in creating an ecofriendly environment that supported a holistic relationship between ecology and economy to create a sustainable approach to the practice of dentistry. Tara Kaur, DDS, develops dental protocol on an individualized basis to provide the best solutions for each patient. With a dedication to sustainable dentistry practices and patient satisfaction, Dr. Kaur’s practice works to provide an upgrade in overall well-being. The Tara Kaur, DDS, team ensures an experience that is promotional of an overall healthier lifestyle while promising a metal-free, fluoride-free, mercury-free, and anxiety-free experience.

A peek into the eco-friendly Tara Kaur, DDS office courtesy of Brandon Stengel from Farm Kid Studios:

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Congratulations Tara Kaur, DDS!

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Maharam: The Expert Collaborator

Founded in 1902 by Russian immigrant Louis Maharam, Maharam Design Studio expanded and became a company working strictly in theatrical costume and set designs in the 1930s-1940s. However in the ’60s, Maharam discovered their niche in designing performance-driven textiles for commercial interiors. For over fifty years now (and one year as a part of Herman Miller), Maharam continuously creates designs suited for commercial and residential interiors. Before joining the Herman Miller family, Michael and Stephen Maharam stood as fourth generation owners. Yet at this time, the company’s focus was aimed more toward Architectural & Design firms. Thus a shift in focus spurred a new culture within Maharam with design as the cornerstone. With a focused brand message, Maharam embraces a breadth of disciplines ranging from product, graphic, and digital design to art and architecture which coincides seamlessly with Herman Miller’s values and passion for quality products and results.

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Throughout Maharam’s dominant journey in the commercial and residential design industries, Maharam has worked with some widely known and talented designers: Paul Smith, Hella Jongerius, Irving Harper, and Konstantin Grcic. Alongside these designers, Maharam works closely with A4 Studio who has assisted in building Maharam’s visual identity. A4 Studio designs Maharam’s cards, invitations, notecards, iPad home screens, Maharam’s own personazlied font and many other things.

Paul Smith

As a fashion designer with a keen eye for trends and fashion, it is no surprise that Paul Smith took interest in Maharam’s designs. He quickly took action and began to incorporate some of Maharam’s designs into his clothing lines. When described by others, Paul Smith is a fashion designer who creates designs that encompass the idea of ‘classic with a twist.’ Paul enjoys creating pieces that are perfect for any occasion but are more than meets the eye. For example, Paul creates men’s blazers that are perfect for a night out, a business meeting or wedding reception. The outside is sleek and sophisticated while the inside tells a different story. He chooses diverse and fun patterns that are not usually seen inside a men’s blazer to keep them original and whimsical.

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Hella Jongerius

After graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven (the Netherlands) in 1993, Hella joined the design industry. Early in her career her designs were produced by a Dutch design collective Droog. Hella Jongerius’ design style prefers imperfection to create an original piece and an eclectic feel. Working with textiles, furniture and ceramics, Hella has incorporated her artisanal style into the industrial process—giving each design a unique touch.

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Irving Harper

Irving Harper, recently celebrating his 98th birthday, has exuded an extraordinary talent for paper sculptures throughout his design career. In 2013 Irving collaborated with Herman Miller and Maharam to produce literature highlighting the intricate details and delicacy of both his talent and creations. With over 300 paper sculptures of various sizes within his home, Irving relented the idea that these paper sculptures represent an outlet for stress relief from about 1964 up until 2005 when his home couldn’t fit anymore.  According to Maharam, it is evident that at age 98 Irving is, “still young at heart” with a vibrant imagination.

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Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic is an industrial designer with a passion for both technology and materials, and a strict discipline in careful design and architecture research. Currently with Maharam, Konstantin has been designing bags alongside his textiles, furniture, lighting and other requests by clients.

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Maharam also made an appearance at NeoCon 2014–a huge event for the company. This year at NeoCon, Maharam debuted their entrance into the rug market by displaying new rugs along with their textiles and designs. Regarding their show floor,  Maharam stated that they prefer to let the product speak for itself by showing the least amount of items at their best advantage.

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