June 12, 2017
Richard Holbrook designed Prospect to encourage and enhance team collaboration while offering just the right amount of privacy.
Prospect is a portfolio of semicircular freestanding furniture designed to foster collaborative and individual creativity in today’s workplaces and learning environments. Perfect for small to medium-size teams, Prospect is replete with whiteboards, tackable surfaces, and media display, and it offers just the right amount of privacy. It’s an ideal place for brainstorming, pinning, and visual thinking that allows people to easily bounce between working together and alone.
“At this time in our world, with so many challenging problems to solve, it seems to me that we can all certainly benefit from more creativity, more connection, and better collaboration,” says Designer Richard Holbrook, who traveled extensively, observing the most cutting-edge offices around the globe. Inspired by the way world-class creative teams work and learn, he designed the Prospect portfolio to deliver much of what he saw to today’s workers and students.
The result is a solution that is both a beacon for creative collaboration and a solo sanctuary.
“Visual thinking, iteration, quick prototyping, and collaboration are proven practices for getting to the right questions and better answers,” says Holbrook. Inside Prospect’s Creative Space, sharing ideas becomes as easy as turning around and grabbing a marker. Holbrook prototyped and refined the height and space between the structure and table to strike a balance between intimacy and openness, while reducing visual and audio distractions and adding a sense of comforting privacy. Prospect’s round shape puts everyone inside on equal footing. The table’s height and easily stowable stools encourage people to move between sitting and standing and engage with one another.
Collaboration is important. But Holbrook knows that to bring their best thinking to team collaboration, people need time for focused work. Prospect’s Solo Space is a sanctuary that functions as an escape, perfect for individual creative work or simply a place to touch down and tackle a few quick tasks. The circular shape offers visual privacy—unique within an open floorplan—and the soft, sound-absorbing surfaces create a peaceful spot for working or studying.
When creating Prospect, Holbrook sought beauty in utility, making sure to use as few materials as possible. The aluminum structures are strong and lightweight so they can be placed anywhere within an office or learning environment. A white board can be accessed by removing the pads on the interior surface.
Prospect is the newest addition to Herman Miller’s offering of Focused Portfolios, solutions that are designed to support specific purpose, character, and activities for specific kinds of settings and teams, as opposed to Landscape Systems, which are designed to support a broad range of settings and work activities.
Prospect was honored with a Best of NeoCon Gold Award in the category of Furniture for Collaboration.
Premiering at NeoCon, Prospect will be available in the North American and Latin American markets beginning fall 2017.
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Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index ten years in a row, was named a 2016 Top 100 Healthiest Employer, and has earned numerous global sustainability awards. In fiscal 2016, the company generated $2.26 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.