December 9, 2009
Last week’s Best of Year Awards—Interior Design magazine’s design competition recognizing superior interior design projects and products in all categories—highlighted three products from Herman Miller: the Envelop desk, the Setu chair, and the Embody chair.
Envelop won the Best of Year Award in the Furniture: Contract/Desking & Systems category, while Setu received the award for the Seating: Contract/Conference category. Embody was noted for its Merit Award in the Seating: Contract/Task category.
Check out the rest of the winners on the publication’s website.
Herman Miller Journal
December 4, 2009
In September we shared with you the history of Marigold Lodge and how the home became a part of Herman Miller. We thought we’d show you more of the lodge—and the other buildings that share the property—since Marigold is such a special place to the Herman Miller community. Take a tour through our slide show to see what our guests experience when they visit.
The lodge has eight bedrooms on the second floor, including those of the Gold family. Throughout the home, pieces from the family’s collection decorate the space, including Herman Miller furniture made in the 1930s, before our founder, D.J. De Pree, met Gilbert Rohde.
Other accommodations are located in the Smokehouse (formerly the barbecue house), the Ice House, and the Carriage House. Altogether, Marigold has 21 guest rooms.
Marigold also offers meeting space in the Learning Center, which has four conference rooms, as well as touchdown spaces, group spaces, and a patio. And the Boathouse offers one conference room that easily accommodates a small group.
No matter what the season, Marigold is a treat to visit, whether you’re our guest from out of town or an employee of Herman Miller. Everyone receives a warm welcome in a beautiful environment.
November 30, 2009
For celebrated designers, Charles and Ray Eames, it was toys. They considered playtime productive time. Charles once noted, “Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.” Fittingly, the Eameses had a diverse and lively collection of toys from all corners of the globe. They recognized the connection between playful exploration and meaningful innovation.
So, what inspires you? Do you have an office toy collection? A collection of classic lunch boxes in your kitchen? A crate of vintage vinyl 45s? Take us for a photographic spin around your collection and if it’s cool and creative enough, you could win a set of Herman Miller Select Walnut Spinning Tops.
Snap a photo (.jpegs are perfect) of your collection, include a one or two-sentence description with it, and email it to: email@example.com. Put “Contest” in the subject line. You have until December 14th to enter. Good luck!
Click here for official contest rules. And visit Herman Miller Select for more information about the tops.
Better World, Herman Miller Journal
November 23, 2009
If you visit Herman Miller’s Design Yard facility in November or December, you’ll notice the “Stocking Workshop” signs that lead to the warehouse where, for the fourth consecutive year, employees are volunteering their time to make 150 Christmas stockings for the Holland Rescue Mission. Make that 350 stockings—since Love, INC just requested 200 more. Both organizations work toward meeting unmet needs of individuals and families.
These volunteers are spending lunch hours, evenings, and even weekends cutting, sewing, and decorating the stockings, which are made from Herman Miller’s roll-end fabrics or materials used in testing. Some people even sew stockings throughout the year in anticipation of this event.
The Holland Rescue Mission and Love INC give residents stockings for their families, as well as access to donated items to fill them. It’s one way to make the holiday season a little brighter for local families.
Technology, What's Up
November 18, 2009
Herman Miller is broadening its presence in social media platforms. With our recently launched official Facebook page, we’re offering you another way to interface with our organization. Watch for real-time updates about products, services, events, and behind-the-scenes stories from our extensive archives on Facebook.
You can also join over 2,000 people who are already following Herman Miller on Twitter. We’re tweeting company news updates and events, as well as responding to questions you have.
Interested in stories about design, products, or the Herman Miller community? Check out our videos on the Herman Miller YouTube channel. Or peruse the stories in this blog, where we welcome your comments in the conversation that interests you—on topics from design to our products to what makes the world a better place for all of us.
November 16, 2009
Herman Miller’s Twist LED task light, designed by Yves Béhar from fuseproject, has received the “Spark!” award, the pinnacle of recognition among four levels of honors—”Spark!” Gold, Silver and Bronze–in the SparkAwards international design competition.
Watch this video to hear Yves talk about the design and innovation behind Twist.
November 10, 2009
Known for his iconic textile patterns and colors, Alexander Girard brought a new dimension of modern design to Herman Miller in the fabrics he designed during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. One well-known design is “Daisy Face,” a screen-print created for the Action Office system in 1972.
In this video, hear what Bob Guerin, of Propp + Guerin Design, says about the three-dimensional “Daisy Face” sculpture outside Herman Miller’s Los Angeles showroom. It’s another way we’ve harmonized the details of design with the natural world.
November 5, 2009
With its dramatic bowstring wood trusses, curved walls, and freestanding forms, Herman Miller’s Los Angeles showroom epitomizes Herman Miller’s design legacy—right down to the details.
Check out how this video captures the extensive level of detail and craft—in both the architecture and the products—that create a dynamic spatial flow and enhance the natural beauty of the materials in the space. Then come see for yourself. We’re pretty sure you’ll be delighted.
November 2, 2009
The Baltimore Convention Center was the location for NeoCon East—the design exposition and conference for the Mid-Atlantic design community—October 28 and 29. It’s where Herman Miller showcased an array of recently introduced products designed to promote both energy efficiency and flexibility.
October 20, 2009
Core77 is a design magazine and resource that provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike. Yesterday they published their review of Herman Miller’s Setu chair, designed by Studio 7.5.
How does Core77 sum it up? “Setu provides an economically feasible way to stock an entire office with comfortable, cutting-edge-design chairs without the sticker shock. Setu will also make sense for consumers looking to furnish the home office on a budget. However, what we’re really hoping is that the Setu catches on not just in offices, but in the aforementioned public spaces where we often find ourselves working these days. Studio 7.5 has put roughly five years of work into this chair, and it would be nice to see it pay dividends in years of comfortable sitting for the masses, both inside offices and out.”
Want to read more? Check out the Core77 review for yourself.