Designing Kivo

Herman Miller has a long heritage of working with talented designers from around the world – it was a young German designer named Alexander Lorenz whose blend of precision and playfulness brought Kivo to us.

The math checks out

His vision was of a modular, free-standing system which would be defined by how people wanted to work. Alex was drawn to the geometry of the triangle due to its simplicity and versatility. To realise Kivo’s true potential, he developed a complex algorithm which allowed him to digitally model thousands of different structural combinations. Having realised the potential, we developed and validated a concise range of settings to suit individual and group work in combination with other products from the Herman Miller portfolio.

Overhead view of a red S-shaped Kivo configuration that divides space in an open workplace.

Redefining your space

We’ve introduced a system that helps redefine the way people work. People know exactly what they need to do, and they intuitively know the best place to do it; Kivo was designed to help them articulate this – that’s where its simplicity shines through. It’s a system that divides existing areas, provides privacy and outlines entirely new places to work in. Kivo simply transforms the workplace.

Blue and green Kivo tiles define a small interaction area next to a benching workspace supported by green Embody office chairs.
A woman uses a smartphone in a Kivo enclave. Select to play a video about how Kivo can help redefine space.

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Designer Alexander Lorenz explains how Kivo can help redefine your space.

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Designer Alexander Lorenz explains how Kivo can help redefine your space.

“I just love playing with formulas.”

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Awards

  • Kivo receives Good Design Australia award in the Furniture and Lighting category.

    2014
    Kivo receives Good Design Australia award in the Furniture and Lighting category.