Ayse Birsel on Design

From Noguchi to the human spine, Ayse Birsel talks about the inspiration behind furniture that helps people connect.
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Product Story

Resolve fosters a more natural work experience by enabling people to feel comfortable, valued and connected within their workspaces. Its imaginative design – based on the 120-degree angle commonly found in nature – places people in calming environments where every element is designed around their needs and activities.

The open angle at the core of Resolve creates an inviting work area, encourages interaction with colleagues and adds a sense of space even in smaller work environments. Without the restriction of panels or walls, air and light can pass through the space and people can see in and out. Screens and canopies balance this openness by providing a sense of enclosure and privacy.

Resolve System


The 120-degree angle at the heart of Resolve is based on the natural size, reach and movement of people. This means that the tools people need are always within reach, ensuring greater efficiency and productivity. With its curved shape and openness, Resolve encourages people to connect while also offering a sense of privacy that doesn't feel confined.

Resolve System


Resolve transforms workplaces into strategic tools for attracting and retaining employees and for communicating your brand. The system’s unique aesthetic is a compelling addition to diverse office landscapes and offers a choice of supportive furnishings. With its customisable screens and a thoughtfully curated palette of colours, materials and finishes, Resolve offers a range of options for expressing your organisation’s identity.

Resolve System


Resolve helps organisations meet their business goals while also attending to the needs of staff – a critical balance that delivers greater performance and value to everyone. The system is quick to install and reconfigure, and easy and inexpensive to refresh. Its compact footprint occupies less space in the landscape than traditional solutions but provides more opportunities for individuals to achieve a comfortable balance between focused work and interaction with others.

Design Story

Born in the port city of Izmir, Turkey, a town more than 2,000 years old, Ayse Birsel absorbed a Mediterranean cosmopolitanism growing up. She studied industrial design at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara from 1981 to 1985. A Fulbright scholarship brought her to the Pratt Institute in New York where she gained her master’s degree. It was here that she honed her approach to design: distilling problems to reveal novel solutions. Thus, Birsel enjoys working with organisations that actively embrace change. “I’m not very good at giving new form to old answers.”

Birsel’s aptitude for originality was especially appealing to Herman Miller, which required a completely new system to meet the needs of a changing workforce and workplace. Her solution, Resolve, was like nothing the world of work had seen before – an aesthetically unique, human-centred design that brought comfort and connection to people in the workplace.