June 8, 2012

At NeoCon 2012, Herman Miller, Inc., is featuring inventive, vibrant, inspiring ways to support groups working together and foster a sense of community that enables people to do their best. The contract market debut of the newly revived Herman Miller Collection is a central element. Collection products are integrated throughout the company's 3rd floor Merchandise Mart showrooms (# 3-321, 3-318, and 3-330) and a 1st floor lobby lounge for attendees. Consisting of iconic Herman Miller classics, complementary contemporary designs from both Herman Miller and international alliance partners, as well as newly commissioned pieces, the Collection is shown in applications that support group and community work and enhance the company's large and diverse range of products for the workplace, as well as learning, healing, and hospitality environments. 

Herman Miller understands that as people work together—much of it digitally—they place increasing value on interacting with others face to face. Weaving community in the workplace becomes ever more vital. At NeoCon 2012, Herman Miller achieves community through the warmth of welcome, the strength of diversity, and the power of connection.

The Herman Miller Collection
Welcome, diversity, and connection find particular expression in the Herman Miller Collection. Inspiration for the Collection comes from designer George Nelson who said 60 years ago that the ultimate office should be like a daytime living room. His blurring of work and life was ahead of its time.

Today, people can work anywhere, and Nelson's vision is becoming a reality. The Collection addresses this new reality, offering the ability to select, furnish, and create complete environments that focus the flow of creative communities, add vibrancy, and inspire people. Carefully curated to combine both existing and newly minted, iconic designs from the vast Herman Miller Archive, along with the contemporary work of some of today's best known designers, the offering includes names like Eames, Nelson, Noguchi, Girard, Bennett, and Burdick as the foundation for the program.

Weaving community in the workplace, in both the literal and figurative sense, is seen in the company's point of view on People Place Potential and work in a digital age. An "idealized office" area weaves together a near equal mix of collaborative and assigned work areas. These are vibrant, welcoming, and comfortable places that inspire and unite people in a community of work—and that make real estate work harder.

Textiles by Alexander Girard; Exhibition of Vintage Designs and Objects
Trained as an architect, but proficient in all manner of design, Alexander Girard was one of the 20th century’s most gifted and celebrated designer visionaries. Introduced to Herman Miller through Charles Eames and George Nelson, he established the Herman Miller Textile Division in 1952, and served as its Director of Design until 1973. NeoCon 2012 marks the unveiling of five new re-editions of Textiles by Alexander Girard, reflecting his remarkable ability to design ‘aesthetic functionalism,’ with strikingly beautiful yet pragmatic fabrics.

Herman Miller’s showroom honors this design relationship’s past while looking forward, through a large curated exhibit highlighting Girard’s incredibly diverse and prolific work. The textiles, graphics, and interiors he created brought warmth and delight to all sorts of communities and spaces, especially the office, while his dedication to quality, promotion of craft, and appreciation of beauty made a richer world. The exhibit features vintage materials and personal artifacts assembled from Herman Miller’s corporate archives and private collections, including significant contributions from Bright Lyons, the Brooklyn NY retailer of vintage art and furniture.

Canvas Group-Based
More than 40 years ago, Herman Miller pioneered systems furniture and gave birth to the modern workplace with Action Office. At this NeoCon, they expand on their latest advancement in systems design, Canvas Office Landscape, with a targeted set of Group-Based products designed specifically for small group settings. These additions join the elements that make up Canvas to create a holistic work environment that bring choice, harmony, and connection to all kind of organizations and their space. Canvas elements create surround, structure, surface, storage, and support for the complete range of workspaces.

Setu Stools and Table Series
The Herman Miller Setu Chair was created to help people work where they want, when they want. Designed by Studio 7.5, its innovative kinematic spine bends and flexes with every move making it instantly comfortable with nothing to tweak. The new Setu Conference Stool provides the same benefits in a stool specifically designed for standing height environments. This enables workers to stand or sit spontaneously and inter-changeably for a few minutes or a few hours. Setu conference stool marries the ergonomic benefits of Herman Miller's Setu task chair with the light scale and simplicity of an occasional stool.

Herman Miller also introduces the Setu Table Series, designed to work in conjunction with the three core seating postures; lounge, work, and sit-to-stand heights. By leveraging the same base as the Setu Lounge, this table series creates a cohesive aesthetic with universal appeal that works in any environment.

Thrive Portfolio
Herman Miller's Thrive Portfolio of ergonomic solutions highlights a range of new technology support solutions that can increase efficiency and improve overall health. The award-winning Flo dynamic monitor support has been expanded to provide its benefits to a full range of technical applications. Each unique solution utilizes the same leading edge patented geometric spring system to provide an unmatched range of motion an fluid, intuitive monitor adjustments that reduce eyestrain, promote healthy postures, and improve productivity.

A new Tablet Mount also allows tablet devices to attach to most Herman Miller monitor supports, moving mobile technology off the work surface to free up workspace while supporting a healthy work environment. A full range of these technology support solutions will be on display along with an exciting new LED task light from Herman Miller's alliance partner, Luxo. Designed by Stephan Copeland, 360 features a unique rotating base and head combination offers outstanding flexibility and range with a minimal footprint.   

The Geiger International showroom (#318) unveils one of the company's most robust product rollouts ever. Look for two striking seating collections, a sublime textiles program, a comprehensive table collection, and a fresh take on casegoods for both the open plan and the private office. Weaving community through connective, group-centered executive environments that cultivate interaction, productivity, and comfort, Geiger's highly crafted furniture is tailored in inventive ways to encourage all types of interactions for the C-suite.

Herman Miller's Director of Education, Jeff Vredevoogd will present at this year's NeoCon alongside Dr. Marti Bogart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at North Central College on "Assessing the Effectiveness of Learning Spaces." Participants will learn tips and tricks for creating environments that encourage engagement, foster academic enthusiasm, and bridge to the professional world based on Herman Miller's longitudinal Learning Spaces Research Program (LSRP). The presentation begins at 11:00 AM  CST on Tuesday, June 12 in Room 7-A on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart, Session Code: T266.

Herman Miller Healthcare and Nemschoff believe that certain attributes – Adapts, Streamlines, Welcomes, Comforts, and Reassures – are not just design considerations, but are an integral part of facilitating the work flow, communication and well-being of patients, their visitors and caregivers. At NeoCon (#330), the Companies unveil future-forward interior solutions – from waiting room seating to patient-centered overbed tables—that accomplish these essential design functions through the transformative power of space. Herman Miller Healthcare will prove the award-winning Compass System's real-time adaptability and reconfigurable capabilities with the Sandbox, an interactive showroom display that demonstrates the ease of reconfiguration. Look for new, comfortable and sophisticated collections of lounge, multiple and stack seating and end tables from Nemschoff, as well as solutions that create a center of healing, support caregivers, and provide comforting respite areas.   

Weaving Community into the workplace, Herman Miller's brands, products, and space promise NeoCon visitors a rich choice of solutions for virtually any need in workplace, learning healing and hospitality interiors.

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. A recipient of the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the company's curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2011. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" company in the contract furniture industry. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.