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.

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.

Paula Edwards

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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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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The Highlights of NeoCon and DIRTT Chicago 2014

The Merchandise Mart was bustling June 9th through June 11th with an estimated 40,000 attendees inspecting the intricate work of about 750 exhibitors for NeoCon 2014. NeoCon allows companies such as Herman Miller, Bernhardt, Nucraft, Geiger, DIRTT and many more to unveil their newest and most innovative products in a three day organized showcase. Therefore, sit back, relax and let’s recap the new products of the exciting NeoCon 2014!

Herman Miller

Glancing back to 2013, Herman Miller debuted The Living Office, a concept that helps us create places where we want to go to work.  At this year’s show, Herman Miller described six key work motivations that we all need. Appropriately titled ‘Fundamental to All’ , the six key work motivations of a Living Office include security, autonomy, belonging, achievement, status and purpose, which are ideas that encompass important work experiences such as individual, group, cognitive and physical experiences. These particular ideas were derived from informed philosophers, psychologists and primary research. This concept relating to the Living Office and Fundamental to All could be observed in the beautifully crafted Living Office Landscape put together by Herman Miller at NeoCon 2014.

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Among these new pieces was Silver Award Winning Healthcare Furniture from Herman Miller Healthcare, Palisade. The Palisade Collection (pictured below) allows for a relaxed and responsive setting which promotes a connection between the patient, friends and family thus creating a sense of comfort and belonging. Congratulations to  Herman Miller and Herman Miller Healthcare for winning two awards at this year’s NeoCon 2014!

 

Palisade Collection Silver Winner

 

 

Herman Miller Awards

 

Geiger

The concept of a Living Office was portrayed in a Plaza setting for Geiger’s showroom which blew viewers away with two rolled arm sofas, domino storage and loophole tables which create a space that is not only welcoming, but functional, inviting and promotional of a comfortable and collaborative environment.

Rolled Arm Sofa, Loophole Tables, Domino Storage

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DIRTT

DIRTT unveiled their new change in perspective called the Enzo Approach at this years DIRTT Chicago 2014. “Modular interiors have historically looked impermanent or temporary because of how they were designed and built,” said DIRTT President Scott Jenkins. “Enzo is a profoundly different approach that builds on the core DIRTT framework and provides a significantly greater increase in design freedom.” Therefore through this new perspective, DIRTT has been shifting their perspective in order to reconceive the idea of Rapid Construction. Alongside such an innovative idea like Enzo, DIRTT also included something in their healthcare showroom that combines innovation and health. Hygreen is a system tailored specifically to specialists who work in hospitals and the field of healthcare. Hygreen reminds these specialists to wash their hands before approaching a patient. The device not only reminds each healthcare provider to wash their hands, it records and documents each hand washing event. It also enables specialists in the healthcare field to provide their services without passing along harmful diseases.

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Bernhardt

This year at the 2014 NeoCon event, Bernhardt introduced the Mitt, a chair that is based on the form of a baseball glove. This particular design encourages two main purposes; the first being comfort. Mitt offers a more relaxed design which permits the user to sit in various positions comfortably. Second, Mitt provides easy mobility. The tailored leather handle on the back and the weight locking casters makes this chair perfect for individual, group or work settings.

 

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Nucraft

Nucraft recorded two awards at NeoCon 2014 with a Gold Award for conference room furniture (Kai Conference Table) and a Silver Award for collaborative collections (Tesano). These two pieces coincide with Nucraft’s promise of sustainability to the planet. Each piece utilizes the material in a sustainable, sleek and sophisticated way.Kai Nucraft Conference Room Furniture Tesano Nucraft Collaborative Collection

 

Davis

Davis, among many others, also had a successful debut at the NeoCon 2014 showcase. Modo won the Gold Award for the category Seating: Benches with its timeless and simple design that can fill the need of nearly any company or entity, ranging from a café to an office space. The Modo’s shape is perfect for just about any space because it aids in the sense of belonging and community. As described by Davis, Modo is the perfect building block for any company looking to refurnish.

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OFS/First Office

OFS/First office won two top tier awards this year at NeoCon 2014, including First Office’s Intermix Work which won gold in flexible office solutions and CSD Studio for OFS received the most votes overall in the category of small collaboration. However, a new launch of the collection Re: by OFS created a buzz, winning an honoree award in the large collaboration category. As described by OFS Brands, Re: spawned from the changing needs and disciplines within the modern workplace. Re: workstations allow for individualistic work while engaging a sense of community. Along with the communal idea, the main goal of the Re: collection is to be able to repurpose the pieces, maintain a reliable work space and diminish the need to purchase new office work station pieces throughout the duration of the work space’s lifetime.

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Keilhauer

Last but not least, Keilhauer was found among those at NeoCon 2014. Keilhauer emphasizes the idea that the body wants to move. Research surrounding this idea found that men and women tend to sit in different ways. Therefore, in order to satisfy both the needs of men and women, a new chair titled ‘Lo’ by Keilhauer was introduced at NeoCon 2014. This chair is exciting and different because it rests inches above the ground, perfect for the ‘lounge meeting height’ tables of 26 inches. “We’ve known for a long time that meetings don’t always occur at a desk-height meeting table, in a suitably corresponding office chair,” says Mike Keilhauer, President of Keilhauer.  “To address these different meeting styles, we’ve developed tables at different heights, but we’ve also designed seating that accommodates the different postures and behaviours we’ve witnessed in the workplace, when people meet spontaneously, or informally.  Lo, this delightful and comfortable floor cushion, is our newest addition to this quirky family.”  Lo emphasizes a more casual and comfortable business meeting whilst accommodating both genders.

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