June 29, 2009
“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” — Talleyrand, (1754-1838)
Any substance so gently arousing and bewitching to the senses must be paired with adventure and romance. And the colorful story of coffee does not disappoint.
Herman Miller Journal
June 26, 2009
Herman Miller recently lost a great friend, and in many ways, a founding father, Carl Frost. “Jack,” as many friends called him, died at the age of 94.
June 24, 2009
Dr. Brock Walker’s exclusive “medically engineered technology” (MET) has improved everything from racecars to seats for outer space to Herman Miller work chairs. Discover how his journey began—and where it has led.
June 22, 2009
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Healthcare environments have more constraints than most, garner more attention than many, and have to account for more life-and-death variables than any other kind of environment you are likely to find yourself in. The stakes, the stress, and the rewards can be high.
June 19, 2009
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One of the best things coming out of the push toward sustainability is the increasing awareness that with a little effort, we can do a lot of good. Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of energy consumption nationwide, so the workplace is a low-hanging fruit, in a way, even if your company doesn’t have any programs or policies in place. Here’s what you personally can do, starting today.
Herman Miller Journal
June 17, 2009
You may have heard us talk about our human-centered design at Herman Miller. That’s the approach many of the designers use behind the products they develop with us.
You might have also heard about our continuous improvement system called the Herman Miller Performance System (HMPS), which we implement in our operations, distribution, and installation processes to accommodate the needs of our customers.
But it’s likely you haven’t heard of Agustin Coronado, who works in our seating operations, unless you work at Herman Miller or live in West Michigan. While Agustin’s job title labels him a facilitator for one of our chair assembly lines, he’s really a designer at the core. A designer who thinks of people first.
June 15, 2009
At NeoCon this year, our showroom demonstrated how we work for a better world around you. Check out our video series for an overview of the space and highlights of the products we offer. Each is designed to improve your environment whether it’s an office, hospital, school, home, an entire building, or the world at large.
June 12, 2009
Jeff Weber and his visionary design partner, the late Bill Stumpf, set out to create a chair that solved a problem no one else was addressing—the lack of harmony between people and their computers. The result was the Embody chair, which bloggers are calling Herman Miller’s “uber-chair” and “the best chair we’ve ever sat on.”
To find out more about Embody, Marc Levin of OfficeDesigns.com interviewed Jeff Weber, designer of the Embody chair. Here are excerpts from that interview.
June 10, 2009
Illustration credit: Caitlin Kuhwald
Small talk gets no respect. Flip through the stacks and stacks (literal or virtual) of books and articles on the topic, and you’ll see that it’s cast as manipulative or mercenary: it’s what you do to get the girl, get the sale, or get the job. It’s called the “grease” or the “glue” of social interaction; neither of those metaphors is particularly appealing, unless you’re a counter cook or a collage artist.
June 7, 2009
There’s a changing of the guard going on at Herman Miller when it comes to design. We are working with the new convenant partners to guide design at Herman Miller for the next couple of decades. Don Goeman, Herman Miller’s executive vice president of research, design and development, interviews five design partners.