June 15, 2015
Herman Miller Presents a Diverse Array of Purposeful Living Office Settings at NeoCon 2015
In 2013, Herman Miller introduced Living Office, a holistic offering of knowledge, tools, products, and services designed to help people envision and realize higher performing workplaces. Continuing the company’s legacy of leadership in the design of the modern workplace, Living Office addresses wants and needs that are fundamental to all humans, while adapting to the unique purpose, character and activities of individuals and organizations. At NeoCon 2014, Herman Miller unveiled new tools, information, and dynamic furniture designs to help organizations achieve their own Living Office.
At NeoCon 2015, June 15-17, Herman Miller brings Living Office to life with concrete examples of real world applications utilizing the company’s new product introductions. Within 3-321, the main Herman Miller space, a diverse array of purposeful settings demonstrates a deep understanding of people and work, research-based placemaking, and the value of Herman Miller’s broad portfolio of furnishings, tools, and technology support. At Geiger, space 3-318, purposeful settings take on a different expression—one that reflects the brand’s approach to quality, sophisticated minimalism, and timeless craft. In the healthcare space, 3-330, Nemschoff’s expertise with design for patients and families, and Herman Miller’s expertise with design for caregivers, are demonstrated by health and wellness settings that span the continuum of care.
The Herman Miller showroom features ten Living Office settings—complemented by two enclosed meeting spaces – all based on real world input from real customer examples. Each setting in the space tells a different story about the kind of individuals and organization it is designed for, the different kinds of work that it is optimized for, and how Herman Miller’s principles and products deliver value for the individuals who use them, the designers specifying them, and the organizations purchasing them. This approach shows examples of Living Office settings of differing purpose and character—making Living Office real for visitors to the space.
In a departure from past NeoCon presentations, a handful of the Living Office settings in the Herman Miller space will be raised above grade. As eager guests flood through the showroom during NeoCon, this perspective allows the setting as a whole to be viewed so that the design principles and product applications can be more clearly visualized by visitors.
Rounding out the showroom presentation, a series of seating exhibits—a display of Geiger executive seating, another to introduce the Saiba chair by Naoto Fukasawa for Geiger, and another that demonstrates the full range of Herman Miller seating options—confirms Herman Miller’s position as the leading producer of contemporary seating.
At NeoCon 2015, Herman Miller once again has a significant presence in the South Lobby of the Merchandise Mart, this year presenting Chadwick Modular Seating, newly reissued as part of the Herman Miller Collection after being out of production for more than a decade. Originally designed in 1974, and now updated with a higher seat and the ability to carry power, the Chadwick Modular Seating system remains one of the most versatile and enduring lounge furniture options available. Visitors to the South Lobby will find 125 Chadwick Modular pieces offering over 250 feet of continuous seating, demonstrating how the system’s five simple components can be combined in a variety of ways to create a colorful and functional installation of public seating.
About the Herman Miller Collection
In 1948, George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection, with the goal of "a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” He understood that the Collection would evolve as human behavior changed and new materials and manufacturing technologies emerged. Today’s modern living embraces the blending of life and work, with greater appreciation for contemporary design and mobile and ubiquitous technologies offering new freedom of choice in where and how people express their lifestyles and pursue their professions. The Herman Miller Collection welcomes and enriches this new era, as the company endeavors to realize Nelson’s vision for the modern home, office, and public spaces.
About Herman Miller Healthcare
Herman Miller Healthcare brings together the comprehensive offerings of Herman Miller, Geiger, and Nemschoff, to help healthcare organizations and their partners create environments for people to work well, get well, and live well. Driven by a deep commitment to research-based, problem-solving design, they collaborate with industry thought leaders and world class designers to inspire, develop, and manufacture innovative furnishings and equipment centered on the needs of the people who work throughout healthcare systems, and the people they serve. With 80 years of combined healthcare industry experience, and a team of clinical and workplace strategists, Herman Miller Healthcare offers a suite of solutions that improve the work and healing experience wherever care is delivered, supported, or administered.
At Geiger, why and how things are done are inexorably one—achieving quality through craft, celebrating materiality through elegant simplicity, improving the work environment for individuals through design that endures. Standards of craftsmanship and customer satisfaction set more than 50 years ago by founder John Geiger have driven the company’s growth and continue to inspire people today. Geiger's reputation for quality, sustainability, design, and engineering continues to enhance business interiors with an elegant and intelligent portfolio of designs for the modern workplace. Founded in Toronto and headquartered in Atlanta since 1979, Geiger International is a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly held Herman Miller, Inc.
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.