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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You Sit More Than You Sleep

Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between sitting for long periods of time and lower back pain. In the U.S. alone, about 96 million individuals suffer from chronic to mild back pain. While in turn, 79% of the United States work force sits for 8 hours each day.
What does this mean in the grand scheme? This quick, animated TED Ed video helps explain.
The office is an incubator for lower back pain and back problems. Thus by manipulating ergonomics and creating an office chair that supports the lower back (sacral-pelvic region) properly we can work toward eliminating lower back problems caused by excessive sitting and inactivity while working.
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In 2000, Herman Miller‘s PostureFit, an important, patented ergonomic feature, was developed. With a goal of supporting the lower back through comfort, working with the body for natural movement and lumbar control, Herman Miller’s engineers teamed with Dr. Brock Walker (a back care specialist with patents in ergonomics and biomechanics) and Bill Stumpf (a co-designer of the Aeron chair). With Stumpf’s expertise in design, Dr. Walker’s knowledge in back care and pelvic alignment and Herman Miller’s knowledgeable engineers, the team set out to implement an ergonomic feature that aligned the pelvis with the spine and supported the lower back. The design of the Aeron Chair with PostureFit was the result.
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When Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair hit the market, it demanded attention. It was unlike the bulky, foam padded office chairs seen on the market. The Aeron chair was sleek, contoured, sophisticated and enhanced ergonomically. To this day the Aeron Chair is the best selling Office Chair on the market.
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PostureFit technologies can be found within every Herman Miller Task Chair including the Aeron, Mirra 2, Celle, Embody and SAYL chairs. Through sleek contours and curvature, these Task chairs work to promote natural spinal alignment and muscle balance even when the user is in upright or forward leaning positions.
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Did you know that back pain is the number one reason people miss work and will be the number one cause for permanent disability for more than 80 million baby boomers in the next two decades? Investing in lumbar support, natural spine alignment and overall comfort can help us to avoid the high costs of back pain down the road.
Experience Herman Miller’s ergonomic PostureFit feature for yourself through the Try-A-Chair program. It makes it easy for you to test out a new Herman Miller office chair for not just a few minutes, but for a week, month or longer to familiarize yourself with the chair and see how it fits your body, your work, and your space. A quick visit to Intereum‘s showroom can help you get started!
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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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What’s Behind the Living Office?

As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” Taking into account Winston Churchill’s wise words, Herman Miller decided to explore this idea to discover how our office spaces can shape our moods, stress levels, productivity and creativity. Therefore, the Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Neuroeconomics Studies performed a neurophysiology study on behalf of Herman Miller and the Living Office spaces. The study assessed how each setting affected individual physiology through monitoring hormones, cardiac activity, palmar sweat and respiration of 96 participants. The office settings studied by Claremont included a Jump Space, Plaza and Cove.

Jump Space

A Jump Space provides touch down areas that facilitate work for distinct period of times. Jump Spaces are generally located in the office along highly trafficked routes which can help to connect people quickly between other activities. The standing-height desk used in the study helped to provide some discretion and privacy. The study concluded that a Jump Space correlated with the highest increase in mood in participants due to the high traffic and discretion. In the Jump Space setting, work performance, mood and morale were boosted. Lastly, the Jump Space increased the ability to complete the group technical task of reassembling an apple peeler by using directions.

Overall, the Jump Space used in the study proved that this quick touch down space can increase creativity, happiness and productivity within the work place.

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Plaza

Unlike a Jump Space or Cove, Plazas are public spaces situated at points of the high trafficked areas within the office. Plazas are open and encourage mixing, mingling and multiple work activities in tandem. A Plaza hosts a space that is inviting and welcoming with higher rates of noise and natural light within the space. In the study, the strongest correlation between positive mood and performance was found in a Plaza setting. In a Plaza space the individuals had the highest baseline happiness and experienced an increase in mood after completing the individual and group tasks. Also, the Plaza space had more noise, natural light, foot traffic, and openness. Participants within the Plaza setting had the highest ability to complete the group task efficiently as a team.

Therefore, rather than being seen as a luxury or diversion, high-traffic areas like a Plaza can increase mood, increase performance, decrease stress and enhance creativity.

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Cove

A Cove is a semi-private space near individual work stations or common areas that provide compact meeting areas for colleagues. The space enables engaging assemblies for short periods of time. Due to a Cove’s placement, there is a decent amount of foot traffic which tends to create noise levels higher than the Jump Space. Those in the study who worked within a Cove showed the largest improvements in mood and in turn, increased productivity.

With a secluded area, the Cove provided a quieter environment for individuals which in turn significantly improved individual moods.

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Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables

Our bodies are made to move and shift positions constantly, yet research shows that on an average we Americans are sitting, resting or sleeping for about 21 hours each day. Sedentary lifestyles increase our risks for diabetes, some cancers, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, Herman Miller has focused on this necessity to move through ways that support movement, comfortability and health by creating a natural environment within the workplace. Thus, Herman Miller created the Renew Sit-to-Stand tables for this purpose. The Renew Sit-to-Stand tables make shifting from sitting to standing a breeze, enabling health-positive movement and activity through long work days.

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The slim profile of the Renew Sit-to-Stand provides a sleek look while opening up more space to stretch your legs while creating an aesthetically pleasing environment in any setting. The soft paddle shaped switch under the desk works simply to raise or lower the desk to the individual’s liking. With such easy adjustment between sitting and standing, thoughts, meetings or phone calls are not interrupted by transition. Herman Miller took care to create softly angled corners which help to avoid bumps or bruises that can occur while moving from sitting to standing or the other way around. Combined with a supportive desk chair, the Renew Sit-to-Stand tables support a full range of motion while you work.

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The Renew Sit-to-Stand tables work seamlessly in all places that you can. Whether in a private office, system furnitures, collaborative spaces, or an open office, the Renew provides natural movement by creating a choice between an active standing or sitting meeting. The sit-to-stand tables can even work efficiently in conference rooms by holding stand-up meetings that put health on the agenda.

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Public Office Landscape Creates Connection

The result of much research and design is Public Office Landscape, the first office system to support casual work and provide comfort at the desk, in circulation spaces, and in group areas – all within a consistent design vocabulary.  Public elements can be arranged into configurations that express culture and foster belonging-and that can evolve as needs change.

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Public was designed to support fluid interactions and spontaneous conversations across the entire landscape, keeping the office in a state of flow, where people are engaged, focused, and able to move freely between collaborative and individual modes of work.

The design behind Herman Miller‘s Social Chair reflects the idea of connection literally and figuratively. With an open, inviting and sleek shape, the Social Chair allows for easy collaboration, interaction and conversation. The unparalleled top surface connects simply with desks, storage units or even other Social Chairs for an easy meeting space or lounge area. Composed of lightweight materials, the Social Chair provides flexibility while accommodating comfortable movement. It not only accommodates movement, the chair provides comfortable support for a breadth of postures and activities. Herman Miller’s Social Chair diminishes the choice between ergonomic seating for the work day and casual seating for lounging or meetings.Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 5.35.59 PM

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The Social Chair plays seamlessly into Herman Miller’s Living Office by promoting productivity, communication, comfortability and constructing a holistic space. The chair not only supports the comfort of an individual, it drives the purposeful interactions that occur at the desk, in communal areas and throughout the entire office that enhance a successful and productive workplace. The Social Chair alongside the the Living Office help create a desired and natural work environment that we look forward to working in each day.

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