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Herman Miller Unveils New Elements and Ideas to Serve a Living Office™ at NeoCon 2013

June 10 ,2013

Herman Miller, Inc. is taking full advantage of the NeoCon 2013 spotlight to present insightful ideas and inspiring designs that enable people and organizations to do great things. The company’s immersive spaces are focused on the needs of individuals and organizations in workplace, education and healing environments. The company’s Living Office vision  will come to life throughout the company’s 3rd floor showrooms (# 3-321, 3-318, and 3-330) and in the 1st floor South Lobby lounge at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, June 10-12.

Herman Miller understands that the workplace is experiencing dramatic change. The expectations of workers are changing. The tools of work are changing. How work gets done is changing. These dynamic forces require a new landscape of work, one which focuses not on the latest trends but instead on people. This year, Herman Miller shares a new vision of work, a place where talent can affiliate in an atmosphere of shared passion, purpose and growth.

Living Office
The company has approached this new office revolution with the proven methods of its past. Working with many of the world’s leading experts and designers, Herman Miller is uncovering new insights and applying this greater understanding of people—how we think, how we are motivated, and how we create and collaborate—to the emergent landscape of work.

At NeoCon 2013 Herman Miller will unveil multiple new designs that are rooted in natural behaviors and preferences, serving intuitive modes and settings of work and performing seamlessly across Living Office landscapes. These include three major new furniture platforms designed by Yves Behar/fuseproject, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, and Berlin-based design team Studio 7.5.

Herman Miller Collection
The Herman Miller Collection’s unique ability to reach and serve virtually every space in modern life is fully realized in the Living Office. As this new vision creates synchronicity between people and the emerging landscapes of work, it seamlessly integrates designs from the Collection to complement and enhance Herman Miller’s new office furniture archetypes. A vital part of the Living Office experience, the Collection adds comfort, variety, and balance; provides more solutions for addressing the unique needs of individuals and organizations; and helps enable creativity, performance and expression within a dynamic work community.

This year at NeoCon numerous new Collection pieces are featured, including: the Eames Molded Wood side chair; the soon-to-launch Eames Fiberglass chair, utilizing a more sustainable manufacturing process and new material chemistry; the reintroduction of Isamu Noguchi’s Rudder Table; and newly commissioned products from some of today’s most talented designers. These include Leon Ransmeier’s highly considered AGL Table Group, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s minimal and sculpted Osso Family for alliance partner Mattiazzi, and the comfortable, contained Wireframe Sofa Group by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin.

Geiger
Geiger adds two new designs to the Herman Miller Collection. The first is Brabo, designed by Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen, featuring a club chair, settee and sofa, as well as side and coffee tables. The second is Domino Storage, an elegant case goods collection designed by Brazilian architect and designer Isay Weinfeld. Domino is finished on all sides and can serve as a divider in open-plan designs or other applications in which the back is visible. The initial offer consists of 12 variations, in three widths and two heights.

Geiger has also enhanced Catalyst, its furniture-based system for open-plan and private office setting, with new options that allow additional work and collaboration configurations. Additionally, Geiger has reintroduced two iconic Ward Bennett seating designs, Landmark and Bumper. Finally, MP Flex tables represent an elegant and functional addition to the MP family of tables.

Mirra 2
As work evolves the variety of tasks and the speed of transition between them has accelerated, requiring today’s professional to be more agile in shifting between a wide range of individual and collaborative work processes. With all that motion, people need support that moves with them. In response Herman Miller presents Mirra 2, its latest advance in in high-performance work seating.

Designed by Studio 7.5 of Berlin, Mirra 2 is built on the same principles as their acclaimed, best-selling original but has been completely redesigned from the casters up. The result is a leaner, lighter, and more responsive chair that moves as one with the sitter and dynamically supports even the slightest user movements.

Textiles
Wool is among the ultimate sustainable materials— a single sheep offers enough wool for roughly two Eames Sofa Compacts, annually. Wool products are produced with lower levels of energy than manmade materials so it’s easy on the environment. It’s strong, durable, easy to clean, and has an ability to take color well, giving it deep and consistent saturation.

Herman Miller will launch two new wool textiles at NeoCon 2013, Loft and Noble. Loft is a new heathered flannel that will be used on vertical surfaces and screens. It is a light weight, hardy wool available in a wide palette of eleven color ways. Partnered with Loft is a complementary seating felt called Noble. Its palette coordinates with Loft with a color range from warm to cool and neutral to bright with deep saturation in sixteen color ways. Both Loft and Noble are made at Pendleton Woolen Mills, a U.S.-based mill celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The return of Alexander Girard’s Hopsak fabrics are also featured, with a vibrant range of 17 colors adding a touch of playfulness to the Herman Miller showroom through application on Eames Aluminum Group seating. Made of 100 percent recycled polyester and using the most advanced environmental construction, the new Hopsak fabric remains true to the characteristics of the classic original weave.

Healthcare
In today’s evolving healthcare landscape change is no longer occasional, it’s constant. As technologies, policies and processes continue to shift, future-proofing facilities is imperative, to ensure they move with—not against—those working, healing and visiting inside. This constant shift requires solutions that are designed for change.

Inspired by Living Office, Herman Miller Healthcare and Nemschoff will introduce several flexible, human-centered interior solutions designed for the entire care continuum. Outfitting patient rooms, administrative areas, team-based caregiver workspaces and beyond, these progressive solutions allow facilities to quickly and cost-effectively adapt their interior solutions to support process improvement initiatives or changing patterns of care.

Living Office Forum
Herman Miller’s showroom will also be hosting the Living Office Forum, a series of short presentations from a diverse set of highly respected thought leaders and award-winning designers whose expertise have helped inspire and inform the new landscape of work.  The three-day forum begins on Monday, June 10 and features noted cultural anthropologist Dr. Grant McCracken, scientist Dr. Paul Zak with Herman Miller’s Tracy Brower, PhD, MASS Design Group co-founder Michael Murphy, and the Eames Foundation’s Eames Demetrios. Also presenting are designers Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows with architects Isay Weinfeld and Vincent Van Duysen, Yves Behar, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, and the design team of Studio 7.5.

The complete Living Office Forum schedule is noted below.

 

Monday, June 10

Tuesday, June 11

Wednesday, June 12

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Open

Studio 7.5

Eames Demetrios

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Paul Zak and
Tracy Brower

Grant McCracken

Steve Frykholm and
Clark Malcolm

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sam Hecht and
Kim Colin

Grant McCracken

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Open

Michael Murphy

 

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Paul Zak and
Tracy Brower

Studio 7.5

 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Studio 7.5

Isay Weinfeld and Vincent Van Duysen, with Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows

 

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Sam Hecht and
Kim Colin

Yves Béhar

 

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Yves Béhar

Eames Demetrios

 

 

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. Its award-winning products generated more than $1.7 billion in revenue in fiscal 2012. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt "National Design Award,” innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2012, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week.  Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

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