Herman Miller Introduce Real Choices at Orgatec 2006

COLOGNE, Germany, September 1// -- Herman Miller will introduce a bevy of new products at Orgatec 2006, Cologne, Germany, from October 24th- 28th (Hall 10.2 - Aisles: N10, P11, N20, P21). The additions to the portfolio include two new office systems; My Studio and Vivo Interiors, Leaf light, designed by Yves Bahar, and Foray , an executive office chair from Herman Miller's Geiger subsidiary. Orgatec is the world's largest trade fair for offices and office facilities, comprehensively presenting trends and developments for the working world in the office and public facility sector, and is the professional tradeshow for office furniture manufacturers in the business sector.

The theme for Herman Miller at this year's show is "Real Choices,"
illustrated through interactive product displays, graphics, and inspiring colours in textiles and finishes, to reflect the company's myriad solutions for workspace design, comfort, and performance.

"We realise there are multiple and specific customer needs in the marketplace," says Herman Miller President and CEO Brian Walker. "Our new and existing products represent our researched and thoughtful response to those needs and symbolise our long-standing commitment to offering customers the best choices for attracting, supporting, and retaining top talent."

In conveying the theme of Real Choices, the stand will see the product display zone divided into five different environments, including: the 'Studio', 'Office, 'Lab' and 'Lounge'. Each area shows different products, in a number of applications.

Connected by a simple 'Street' these environments are fused together by a 'sample box' of materials, forming huge 'resource screens', defining the stand, that individually tell a story about the company's dedication to sustainability and sustainable design.

The stand is designed to take visitors on a journey, offering them a number of solution choices, demonstrating the flexibility and adaptability of the Herman Miller offering. It is inspiring and communicates the core values and messages of the business, and purposefully has no specific form architecturally, but focuses on materials, ideas and great products. In addition, it offers the opportunity to get under the skin of the business, and learn more about the company, its heritage, its belief's and its ethics, aiming to educate the visitor as to why they should choose Herman Miller as a long-term business partner.

More than a System

My Studio Environments is one of two new systems designed by Doug Ball.
An innovative concept in open-plan workspace design, it is a user-centred solution featuring elements that enhance physical and psychological well being and instilling a personal sense of ownership.

My Studio can be utilised for privacy or collaboration and supports spaces with a reduced footprint. The office layout provides capability for creating, displaying, and organising work. It also incorporates a personal closet for the storage of personal items. Adds Ball: "My Studio can adapt without being moved. It was specifically designed to conform to a variety of work styles without the need for reconfiguration."

The second system, Vivo Interiors, is a frame-and-tile system that offers a clean, fresh aesthetic. In Vivo, Ball reveals crisp edges for a straight, well-defined appearance, while its trim pieces interlock for exceptional alignment and fit. A horizontal bead defines the tiles and reflects light, providing added visual interest.

The placement of Vivo's work surface is also unique for a frame-and- tile system. Its sidelong placement allows for a wider range of view. The new orientation helps people feel more secure and increases awareness of teammates and environmental changes.

Both My Studio and Vivo are the first systems to be designed according to the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry's (MBDC) Cradle-to-Cradle protocol, adopted within Herman Miller as Design for the Environment. The protocol informs the safety of a product's material chemistry, the ease of disassembly, the percentage of recycled content in the product, along with the recyclability of the product's parts. Similarly, both systems have been awarded GreenGuard certification.

Touch the Light

The new Leaf personal light by Yves Behar and his San Francisco-based design firm, fuseproject, represents the future of lighting. Twenty LEDs (light emitting diodes) create an interactive experience, allowing control of both the colour and intensity of illumination. With the touch of a finger, Leaf emits a warm, ambient glow or a cool, blue affect.

Its propriety heat dissipation system coupled with the energy efficiency of LED technology also makes Leaf a smart choice for the home or office environment. It too was designed according to Herman Miller's Design for the Environment protocol and utilises 40 percent less energy than compact fluorescent lighting. Says Behar, "The real magic behind Leaf is the way it translates human touch--it creates a compelling way to experience the art of light."

Sitting in Style

The new Foray chair is the first collaborative design from Geiger International and Herman Miller. Designed by Eric Chan, Foray's intelligent design offers elegance matched with the latest in ergonomic seating technology. Foray also was designed according to Herman Miller's Design for the Environment protocol and is expected to receive GreenGuard certification in July 2006.

"We wanted to produce a chair that would be attractive to a technology- reliant executive," says Geiger President Dave Guy. "Its user-defined settings and materials combine for the ultimate experience in comfort and durability," he adds.

Internet: www.hermanmiller.com

Source: Herman Miller Ltd

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