Living Office


Placemaking for Living Office

Place can be a powerful tool for achieving your goals.

Each organization and its people are different, yet many offices today look and feel the same. Herman Miller uses a proprietary research-based Living Office Discovery Process to help you envision an office that better reflects who you are and provides greater support for what you do.

Designing for human experience

Living Office provides an updated understanding of people and their work, founded on elements that are naturally human—how we experience the world and what motivates us. Informed by this understanding, Living Office offers considerations for the arrangement of surroundings, furnishings, and tools to meet the needs of people and deliver an elevated experience of work.

Placemaking for Living Office

A Place for every purpose, a purpose for every place

Purposeful settings

From improvisational creativity to standardized processes, work today is more varied than ever before—so shouldn’t our offices be more varied too? In a Living Office, people can choose from a range of spaces that better support their activities, strengthen their connection with colleagues, and help fulfill their specific purpose. These settings can be designed in ways that uniquely express the culture of an organization and progress their ambitions, making place a more valuable asset.

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A Hive is a grouping of workstations that allows people to harmoniously engage in individual and collaborative work.

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A Haven is a small shelter where focused work can be done without distraction.

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A Clubhouse is a working neighborhood that belongs to a team assigned to a specific, long-term project.

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Enabled by a clearly defined point of focus, a Forum supports the presentation and discussion of content.

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Jump Space

Comprised of highly approachable work points, a Jump Space facilitates work for short periods of time between other activities.

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A Cove is a compact setting near individual work points that enables people to work together for short periods of time.

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The vibrant and dynamic heart of the landscape, a Plaza is a place where people can intuitively take the pulse of the organization.

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A Workshop is the ideal setting for people to work together to generate the ideas that drive work forward.

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Meeting Space

A Meeting Space is designed to support information sharing—whether it’s a single speaker at the head of the room, or a group of colleagues conversing among themselves.

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A Landing is an open perching spot adjacent to Meeting Spaces or Forums, where people can warm up before meetings and cool down after they end.

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