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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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.

Geiger Tuxedo Component Couch

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.


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.


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?


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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Getting Lean with Herman Miller’s Roger Call

Earlier this week, a group of individuals exclusively attended a Lean Thinking Workshop hosted by Roger Call, registered architect and current Director of Healthcare Kaizen Architecture for Herman Miller Healthcare. Attendees participated in an organized activity which provided an interactive, hands-on experience led by trained Lean facilitators. This activity focused on teaching the attendees how to apply and comprehend the Lean concepts in a healthcare setting—specifically an ambulatory clinic as a model.

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Roger gave a few CEU’s during the simulation where he highlighted the current conditions that are triggering the necessity for Lean. The “perfect storm” (as Roger called it) that is brewing in the current healthcare field derives from higher demand (more people entering the system), higher quality standards, and lowering reimbursement–which forces providers to become more efficient while reducing errors. Thus to put this driving force in perspective, Roger Call laid out a scenario which spurred the activity. Each table of eight attendees was a clinic where a world-renowned architect had previously designed everything. Rearranging what had already been done would be a capital expense and was denied. Therefore, the attendees had the task of following their job descriptions exactly to fulfill the goal—to reduce errors and become a profitable clinic.

Each table went through this didactic exercise to experience how it would feel to take a patient through a clinic. The exercise guided the teams through directly experiencing errors by posing challenges. For example, the instructions specified that for the entirety of the workshop each person had to write in all CAPS or it was considered an error that needed to be redone. Working as a team, small incremental steps were taken to remedy the situation. Jen Zeller, Intereum’s A&D Market Manager, explained how these steps helped to, “Drive home the point of a continuous improvement of environment. It also drove home the point that quality control is everyone’s responsibility.”

Although only a two hour workshop, the main take away from the Lean Simulation was unambiguous, encompassing the strong correlation between design and performance. Only in truly adaptive environments—environments intentionally designed for change—can cultivate cultures of continuous improvement. Planning and designing for the changing future will be the only way to facilitate and reap the benefits of the Lean process.

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Since 1996 when automaker Toyota’s consulting group was implemented, Herman Miller exclusively partnered with Toyota and continues to apply Lean philosophies into every step of their work. With a consistent relationship for 17 years, Herman Miller has fostered the Lean idea of continuous improvement through their research and development, the factory floor and business practices. Together, Intereum and Herman Miller implement the Lean philosophies throughout the installation, design and order entry process to increase efficiency and satisfaction.


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Counting Footsteps Where It Matters Most

If you had to guess, what distance would you estimate a nurse walks in a 12 hour shift?

A) 1 mile

B) 2 miles

C) 3 miles

D) 4 miles

Well, before we get to the answer, know this:

Herman Miller Healthcare recognizes the importance of nurses’ roles in hospitals and clinics, and wanted to take a step in the right direction by addressing the issue of nurses walking too much. Herman Miller Healthcare sponsored a study that was conducted by the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE), Texas Health Research & Education, and HSK, Inc.  The purpose of the study was to better understand how physical design and operations processes interact to influence the total distance nurses walk.

The results revealed that nurses can travel upwards of 4 miles on a 12 hour shift. 4 miles! That’s 16 laps around a track field or the length of 70 football fields!


Over the course of the research, a new measure that realistically predicts nurse walking distance on hospital bed units was identified. While not perfect, this formula does offer architects, nurse leaders, and other hospital leadership an additional means of evaluating the way units, beds, and circulation options are laid out. This calculation is determined by the distance between destinations on the unit floor, multiplied by the number of time each distance is traveled, which results in a realistic prediction of how far nurses walk.

Intereum had the opportunity to work alongside an architect and design firm that addressed this same concept with a local clinic interested in enhancing the patient experience. To do so, they strategically gave exam rooms two doors; one being a traditional swing door and on the other side of the patient room, a DIRTT sliding barn door. By setting up the patient rooms in this manner, the clinic was able to keep the nurse and provider traffic separate from the patient’s pathways. And most importantly, this arrangement cut down the amount of foot traffic for nurses and providers while increasing the ease of communication between staff.

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Another approach to maximizing efficiency at this clinic was the installation of Herman Miller Compass. The 13″ footprint reserved valuable real estate for patients while keeping the essentials for the nurse and provider at their fingertips. In the end, the subtle efficiencies can have a great impact on building relationships with patients while tending to their needs.130208_Intereum_S_047

Lastly, some exciting news was announced about Nemschoff, a Herman Miller Company, and how they are the number one brand in the healthcare furniture market for the third year in a row by Contract magazine. We’re proud to be a dealer that offers furnishings that reflect commitment to people-centered design, high quality, craftsmanship, and products that withstand to the demands of high use environments. Nemschoff_FA_NDC_P_20120618_022_G_720_485

For more information about the Herman Miller Healthcare study, please click here.

Herman Miller Partners with Planetree Visionary Design Network

Herman Miller has always kept people at the center when it comes to their designs.  This is no truer in the commercial side of their designs as it is in their healthcare designs.  Recently, Herman Miller Healthcare has made a strong partnership with Planetree Visionary Design Network to better serve patient’s needs.



Herman Miller’s healthcare focus and goals are centered on creating healing environments that customize the needs of patients.  This ensures the people using their designs best interests will always be at the center.  Planetree’s focus is to personalize, humanize, and demystify healthcare, beginning and ending with the patient in mind.  With those core values at the heart, Herman Miller is proud to have found someone with the same vision to partner with to focus on their healing environments.  This partnership aims to draw on their collective research and design to encourage creating patient-centered healing spaces.

Coming June 25th, Intereum and Herman Miller Healthcare will host a CEU focused on the story of Planetree, the healing environment, and patient-centered care. This presentation will focus on what’s become top-of-mind for many healthcare organizations, the patient experience, and it will also address the measurable outcomes with Planetree’s successes and its relation to the creation of environments. The CEU kicks off at 4:00 at Intereum. Contact Jen Zeller if you’re interested in attending!