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Welcome to Living Office

Illustrations by Daniel Carlsten

In businesses around the world the workforce is changing. The expectations of workers are changing. How work gets done is changing. The tools of work are changing. The work itself is changing. There is a new landscape of work.

The new landscape of work is inherently global and seamlessly digital. In it, any person can connect with any other person, information, idea, or even machine. The traditional roles of individuals and organizations have blurred as the means of creation and production are increasingly democratized. The lifecycle of ideas, products, and whole businesses has accelerated from decades to years, and from minutes to milliseconds.

At Herman Miller, we are working with the world's leading thinkers and designers to apply a greater understanding of people—how we think, how we are motivated, and how we create and collaborate—to this new landscape of work. Doing this allows us to see a different approach to how we manage our work, the tools and technologies that enable us, and the places where we come together to do it. We seek a total experience of work that is more natural, more desirable, and ultimately, more rewarding.


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Reworking Work

Truly global markets, seamless connectivity to people and machines, instantaneous access to information and ideas, a merging...

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Work In Progress

At Herman Miller we're taking a different approach to how we manage our work, the tools and technologies that enable it, and...

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Work Life

No matter what kind of work you do, or if you do it alone or together, this is how work gets done. In every workplace around...

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Future Perfecting

How scenario planning at Herman Miller will help us create better places to work

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The Office Documented

A survey of over 70 years of Herman Miller's research and literature on the changing landscape of work.

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Ideal Settings

Herman Miller's Living Office provides people a variety of spaces optimized to support work and interaction.

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Why Living Office

As we seek solutions to power tomorrow's work, it's clear that the old ways of business no longer serve us. Living Office updates our management, tools, and places, to drive greater connectivity, creativity, productivity, and prosperity.

Management

Management

In the new landscape of work, creativity and idea generation drive value, and humanity is the distinguishing capability. Processes don't create ideas, think up new products, or maintain relationships, people do. Tomorrow's enterprise should be based on the fundamentals of life, not industry.

Tools

Tools

To succeed in the new landscape of work our tools and technologies must evolve from individuals and information management, to include groups and creativity. These solutions should be so naturally guided and interwoven throughout our physical experience of work that we barely notice their presence.

Places

Places

Tomorrow's offices need to attract, nurture, enable, and retain the talent that will drive innovation and execution, and bring an organization's strategy to life. Through an optimized variety of settings a Living Office will give individuals something that cannot be had anywhere else: a spiritual connection to work and colleagues; a platform for increased productivity and effectiveness; and, a more naturally human experience of interaction and creation.


An Engine of Prosperity

In the new landscape of work, a dynamic equilibrium of shared passion and profit delivers greater performance and value for both individuals and organizations. By offering a new vision for management, tools, and places, Living Office generates this mutually reinforcing engine of prosperity.


Creating a Living Office

There is no one-size-fits-all, off-the shelf solution for an optimal workplace. Each Living Office is unique, based on the distinctive purpose, character, and activities of its inhabitants. Here we examine the ideas and elements that drive our designs.

Settings

Living Office provides people with a variety of spaces that are optimized to support work and interaction. We call these spaces settings. Each of the following 10 settings is distinct in its purpose, scale, and sociability. Each may be executed in a variety of ways to enable purpose, express character, or enhance the activities of work.

Living Office Settings

Landscapes

Composed from an optimized selection of settings, each Living Office landscape aims to bring an organization's strategy to life. To accomplish this the landscape should enable and empower its inhabitants by providing choice and fostering community—not unlike a vibrant city. In a Living Office, people should immediately grasp what they can do, where they can go, what things are for, and why they are the way they are.

Living Office Landscapes

Living Office Design Solutions

Browse through the settings, download those that interest you, use them to create workspaces based on your organization's character and purpose.


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