June 15, 2015

Through ongoing research and work with numerous global customers, Herman Miller has found that conference rooms are often avoided because the surroundings, furnishings, and tools in them are actually at odds with people and their work. Exclave is designed to remove these frictions. A suite of products—performance gear for team spaces— Exclave brings purpose to work settings by harmonizing surroundings, furnishings, and tools to create collaborative environments that support people and keep ideas and innovation moving.

Herman Miller worked with Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, to design Exclave. Gianfranco Zaccai, cofounder and Chief Design Officer of Continuum, describes Exclave as, “an Enterprise Solution to foster natural human collaboration anywhere and everywhere. The system allows for the integration of the best evolving technology into a more natural social and organizational context to foster trust, flexibility, and efficiency.”

To deliver this elevated experience of work, Exclave maximizes the potential of vertical surfaces with wall-mounted rails that can be installed throughout a workplace, transforming any space into a potential setting for sharing ideas. Exclave white boards, tack boards, and eco boards can be stacked up to four deep on rails, or moved from place to place as users switch between individual work and group activities. Other rail-hung elements include a media tile that supports one or two monitors for digital content and video conferencing, and a storage element and accessories that keep essential tools at hand and house personal items. Exclave’s purposefully designed organic table shapes, available in multiple sizes and seated or standing heights, allow people to see each other, technology, and content clearly, improving team engagement with idealized sight lines. Rounding out the solution, mobile carts in two sizes aid in the visualization and sharing of ideas, delineate open space, and can be used to transport up to eight boards from setting to setting.

Additionally, much like the territory of one country surrounded by the land of another—the concept which inspired the product's name—elements of Exclave can live independently throughout the workplace, complementing a variety of tools and furnishings and transforming the entire office landscape into a collaboration space.

Exclave will be featured at NeoCon 2015, June 15-17, in Chicago and will be available to the contract market later this year.

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $2.1 billion in revenue in fiscal 2015. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. Herman Miller maintains the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week in 2014. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.