February 8, 2011
In 1943, Abraham Maslow introduced the world to what is prominently known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These needs often are shown according to their level of importance within the shape of a pyramid, with the most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom.
Inspired by this idea, researchers from Herman Miller Healthcare developed the Caregiver Goal Prioritization Pyramid.
In fact, Doug Bazuin, a senior researcher with Herman Miller Healthcare and frequent contributor to Discover, recently had an article published by Hospitals & Health Networks about the Caregiver Goal Prioritization Pyramid. The article, called “The Pyramid of Caregiver Needs,” highlights the team’s research findings from nine hospital observations and 150 interviews.
Says Bazuin, “The pyramid reminds us to think through the multiple implications of any change or decision in a care giving process or environment. When we use the pyramid as an input into the design of a space or product, it can help to ensure we have considered all the variables and results in a better outcome for both the caregiver and the patient.”
Herman Miller Journal
February 4, 2011
Marigold Lodge chef David McClimans presents Tartine of Pork with Celeriac Remoulade. This tasty recipe serves four and won’t disappoint those who crave a big sandwich with a very sophisticated name.
Tartine of Pork with Celeriac Remoulade
1 baguette (about 2 ½ inches wide)
Extra virgin olive oil
½ cup aioli
1 large bunch watercress, coarse stems removed
1 pound cold, cooked pork, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tart apple, such as a Granny Smith, cored, quartered, and sliced into thin wedges
2 cups celeriac remoulade
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon minced chives
12 cornichons (dill gherkins)
February 2, 2011
It’s always interesting to talk with designers about their work—why they went into it, what they like about it, what it takes to be good at it. Take Jeffrey Bernett, for example, one of the creative minds behind Herman Miller’s recently launched Canvas Office Landscape line. He feels that excelling at design means “being very curious about life and being very considerate when it comes to the needs of others. Designing things that are ‘different’ is easy; designing things that are ‘better’ is much harder.”
Bernett’s colleague at CDS and collaborator on the Canvas project, Nicholas Dodziuk, says his earliest awareness of design came from a kids’ table and chair set by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. “We grew up in an eclectic house but that really stood out to me,” he recalls, noting that his mother was an artist who often brought him to the Noguchi Museum, which was close to where they lived in New York.
Bernett, too, feels that “knowing what has come before is very important to design, especially when it comes to furniture. The process is part of a continuum; you learn from what other people have done.”