Reasons behind the variety

We have worked often with designer Jeff Weber over the past decade. Along with Bill Stumpf, Jeff designed the Embody chair and the Caper seating line. The Avive collection was his first non-seating project for Herman Miller. Weber says Avive was a response to the desire to elevate the level of flexibility within the workplace in terms of planning that would take a changing office landscape and a variety of different types of workers into account. “Freestanding furniture allows you to do this,” he says. “The intent was to produce a series of work tables to be used within individual workspaces and accommodate collaboration, too.”

Two bean-shaped Avive tables with beige tops.

That’s the reason for the variety of shapes. The rectilinear elements relate to architecture and those were intended to be used in the midst of systems furniture. And then the rounder, softer-shaped tables were meant to be used as more of a collaborative element-either inside a workstation or at some proximity to it. Weber said he also wanted to produce a level of continuity, in terms of both materials and forms, with other Herman Miller furniture, “so we devised a base structure system that makes a coherent visual language and produces a system effect. We had intended that they be somewhat novel in form-practical and lyrical at the same time.”

“There should always be a human benefit associated with whatever it is we’re designing.”

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