Friday, December 23, 2005

bfi NY participates in "We Care'' Children's Holiday Event


The holidays can be a particularly trying time for children from disadvantaged circumstances, but thanks to the continuing non-profit and business partnership known as "We Care," the season is once again a little bit brighter for kids across the country.

For nine years, We Care has united the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Children's Aid Society here in New York with office furniture manufacturers Geiger, Herman Miller, Inc., and some of America's leading interior design and architectural firms, to host holiday gatherings and a fun filled day of arts & crafts for children in need.

Our New York City Offices recently volunteered their time in the annual We Care project. The effort was coordinated by Joe Rodriguez and Lisa Adonetti of bfi NYC. The NYC office distributed over 500 children's books donated by Simon & Schuster. Joseph Adonetti, Lisa's father, donated sports memorabilia for over 400 children. bfi also sponsored a table where children made bookmarks that were donated by Sonny Lewis and Jill Jacobs of Corporate Art. A special thanks goes out to Simon & Schuster, the Adonetti family, Corporate Art, and the real estate department of Merrill Lynch for donating the labor and sponsoring the volunteer's appreciation party. Below are a few photos from the event.







Thursday, December 22, 2005

Herman Miller, Inc., Net Earnings Rise 81% in Second Quarter FY2006

Herman Miller, Inc., today announced results for its second quarter ended December 3, 2005. Strong growth continued this quarter, demonstrated by a sales increase of 18.9% and an orders increase of 11.1% from the year-ago period. Operating earnings grew to 10.1% of sales based on efficiency gains in both gross margin and operating expenses. Net earnings were $27.9 million, or $0.40 per share, an increase of 81.2% over net earnings of $15.4 million for the same period in the prior year. The ending cash balance of $149.7 million benefited from robust operating cash flows of $44.2 million. Continues...

Monday, November 14, 2005

Bruce Stone joins bfi as New York Sales Manager


NEW YORK, NY - Effective November 14, 2005 Bruce Stone has joined BFI as Sales Manager working in tandem with Ron Cocuzza, Senior Vice President of the firm. Bruce brings over (26) years of in depth business environment industry tenure to BFI in areas of sales and sales management. Immediately prior to accepting his new position Bruce was the Corporate Director for Blockhouse Company, Inc. a thirty five year old manufacturer and market leader of specialty institutional- higher education furnishings with direct accountability for dealer/ distribution development, training and major client initiatives on a national basis.

Bruce he has served as the Director of Sales for Arenson Office Furnishings in New York one of Knoll, Inc. largest distribution partners and was the Corporate Director of Marketing for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, DuPont Flooring Systems strategic business unit as part of the Corporate Services Group responsible for numerous aspects of the overall marketing strategy, product development participation, services, training branding initiatives and new strategies.

Over the course of his career Bruce was also the Managing Director, Special Services for D. Waldner and Company a major New York based Steelcase Distribution partner and has served as the President, CEO of PEP Limited, a business furnishings development and commercial consulting company, a unit of a real estate investment company and property management company with site holdings in several key US markets.

Bruce attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida and has completed numerous post graduate Executive Skills Programs. He is corporate member of IFMA, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE) and the Smart Wood Foundation, a former member of the Nassau County, NY Sports Commission, the Police Athletic League and the National Hotel-Motel Association.

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For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Babble Featured on Esquire Magazine's 2005 "Best & Brightest" List

Babble, a breakthrough sound management tool introduced this year by Sonare Technologies/A Herman Miller Company, has earned a spot on Esquire magazine's "America's Best & Brightest" list for 2005. Babble is among the few new products featured in the popular lifestyle publication's annual review of the year's notable people and innovations. "America's Best & Brightest" appears in the December 2005 issue.

Babble is available through select Herman Miller dealers, as well as direct through the Sonare Technologies website.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Herman Miller Design Yard Earns LEED Gold Certification

Herman Miller's Design Yard Front Door in Holland, Michigan, has received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the Commercial Interiors (CI) category.

The Front Door facility earned LEED Gold in part through its use of recycled and rapidly renewable materials and an added humidification system. Credits also were given for existing characteristics of the building including natural light, mechanical systems, bicycle racks, and changing rooms.

Innovation points were earned for the company's Environmental Affairs Knowledge Node, which serves as an education destination for Green practices. Another innovation point was awarded for Herman Miller's Comprehensive Green Cleaning Program, which includes EPA-approved products and a documented training process.

All major Herman Miller facility projects are targeted for a minimum LEED Silver Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Brooklyn Museum Honors Herman Miller with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Brooklyn Museum will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Herman Miller on Wednesday, November 9, at a preview of its 20th annual fine and decorative arts exposition in New York.

Herman Miller will be acknowledged for its partnerships with some of the 20th century's outstanding designers, as well as its long history of innovative interior solutions.

Also receiving honors in separate categories are modern design furnishings retailer Design Within Reach, and designer Ross Menuez.

The awards ceremony precedes the Brooklyn Museum's new exposition, "Modernism: A Century of Style & Design, 1900-2000."

Additional information is available on the Brooklyn Museum website.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Alliance with Bretford, Inc.



CHICAGO, IL - Herman Miller, Inc., announced at its Global Sales Conference here today that it has entered into a marketing alliance agreement with Bretford, Inc., a manufacturer of award-winning furniture products for training, meeting, visual display, and library applications.

Bretford is highly regarded for its innovative designs and complete solutions for meeting rooms, conference rooms, and learning spaces. Bretford provides a broad offering of tables, technology support, and visual display products that meet a wide range of customer needs. The family owned company, founded in 1948 and based in the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park, IL, also has an array of open-plan office solutions that will be distributed exclusively through the Herman Miller dealer channel beginning January 1, 2006.

The Bretford alliance offers expanded product choices for Herman Miller clients in the contract office market. The alliance is also an important component of the company's strategy to enhance and expand its ability to provide highly effective environments for learning activities in corporate facilities, colleges, and universities.

The agreement takes effect immediately and provides Herman Miller dealers and corporate sales personnel with access to all of Bretford's products. Bretford's alliance with Herman Miller is for the North American marketplaces of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

"Bretford's comprehensive offer of beautifully designed products for meeting and learning environments is a wonderful complement to Herman Miller's product offering," said Charley Vranian, executive vice president of North American Emerging Markets for Herman Miller. "This marketing alliance will allow both companies to better serve our customers, and provides our dealers with an exclusive set of great products from a company that shares our values and our dedication to design and innovation."

Added Mike Briggs, president of Bretford: "We're thrilled to strike up this alliance with an industry leader whose history, values, and core competencies of innovation, design, and high quality are in sync with our own. Just as there is a Herman Miller way of doing business that is a model for our industry, we practice a Bretford way that is similar: Do the right thing. Do it with passion. Do it with pride. We think the combination of Bretford and Herman Miller will be an unbeatable proposition in the contract office and higher education marketplaces. This alliance opens a new and exciting chapter in our company's history."

Vranian hailed Bretford's strength in problem-solving design, integrating technology into their solutions, and commitment to sustainability and the environment as attributes that contribute to the attractiveness of the alliance.

For nearly 57 years, Bretford has spent time and energy developing, manufacturing, and selling product solutions that help people learn and work to the best of their ability.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.51 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. In fiscal 2004 Herman Miller was named recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2005 the company was again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit www.HermanMiller.com.

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Alliance with Brandrud, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL - Herman Miller, Inc., announced at its Global Sales Conference here today that it has negotiated a marketing alliance agreement with Brandrud, Inc., a leading manufacturer of seating products for healing environments and community spaces.

Brandrud, a 50-year-old firm located in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, WA, has an extensive product portfolio that is primarily focused on the healthcare market. As a market leader in the design and manufacture of healthcare seating, Brandrud's products complement Herman Miller for Healthcare's comprehensive offer of clinical products and office furniture for healthcare facilities.

The alliance provides Herman Miller dealers and sales personnel with significant new capabilities to meet customers' needs for product solutions in patient rooms, exam rooms, treatment areas, and lobby and lounge areas.

The agreement takes effect immediately. Herman Miller will distribute the full range of Brandrud's products throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico.

"Healthcare is a huge opportunity for Herman Miller, and Brandrud is a great fit," said Charley Vranian, executive vice president of North American Emerging Markets for Herman Miller. "This alliance will help build on the terrific momentum we're experiencing with Herman Miller for Healthcare--and it's an added bonus that some of Brandrud's soft seating for lobby and lounge areas will enhance our higher education and work environment offerings."

Brandrud's Co-President Lee Falck called the alliance agreement a "powerful pairing of innovation, culture, and values. Brandrud is committed to problem-solving design, as is Herman Miller. Brandrud is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility, and Herman Miller is the acknowledged industry leader in that regard. Brandrud and Herman Miller both are known for great people practices--and attentive customer service. We are well matched in our history and approach as we enter this alliance."

Brandrud designs personal spaces within public places through its innovative seating collections and related furnishings for the healthcare and education markets. The company blends research, design talent, materials, fabrics, and sustainability practices in its aspiration to set new design standards.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.51 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. In fiscal 2004 Herman Miller was named recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2005 the company was again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit www.HermanMiller.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Thoroughly modern Miller

Herman Miller's designers changed the way we work

Kim Van Syoc wrote this educational article on the history and influence of Herman Miller in the office environment.

An interesting fact she mentions about the company is that Herman Miller never worked at Herman Miller!

Read Article

Friday, October 21, 2005

Herman Miller renames Cella chair to Celle chair


Herman Miller's newest seating innovation, the Cella chair, has been renamed the Celle chair. Still pronounced (sell'a), the Celle chair name focuses on the cellular construction of the chair. Its cellular suspension, a patented system of cells and loops flexes in concert with the body's movements for day-long comfort.

Herman Miller was unable to trademark the name spelled "Cella" and a company, who's name I do not know at the time of this writing, had filed a suit to prevent Herman Miller from using the name. Herman Miller decided to change the name now rather than litigate and potentially have to change the name later.

Celle sounds Italian to me but actually, according to Wikipedia, Celle is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. Let's hope Herman Miller can protect the "Celle" name.

More info on Herman Miller's Celle chair can be found online at: http://www.bfionline.com/celle/

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Mirra chairs sport new colors, enhanced-comfort AireWeave fabric

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AireWeave follows the body's contours and distributes pressure evenly. A new, more supportive weave means even greater long-term comfort.

The popular Mirra chair line continues to extend its appeal on two fronts: color choices and comfort.

Now available are three new, more color-saturated choices - graphite dark, blue fog dark, and cappuccino dark - for AireWeave, the chair's breathable seat-suspension fabric.

3Q11 Graphite3Q12 Shadow3Q13 Citron
3Q11 Graphite3Q12 Shadow3Q13 Citron
3Q14 Felt Green3Q15 Blug Fog3Q16 Cappuccino
3Q14 Felt Green3Q15 Blue Fog3Q16 Cappuccino
3Q17 Terra Cotta3Q20 Alpine7Q01 Graphite dark
3Q17 Terra Cotta3Q20 Alpine7Q01 Graphite dark
7Q05 Blug fog dark7Q06 Cappuccino dark
7Q05 Blue fog dark7Q06 Cappuccino dark

AireWeave itself, which follows the body's contours and distributes pressure evenly, has also been enhanced. A new, more supportive weave means even greater long-term seated comfort for Mirra users.

Mirra orders with ship dates on or after September 19 will be produced with the new AireWeave.

Wayne Baxter, senior product manager, compares the enhancements to a model year changeover for an automobile.

"After two years, it was time to update the Mirra line," he says. "The new colors and AireWeave are completely compatible with existing Mirra chairs. They work well together - and look great, too."

He notes that all Mirra AireWeave colors have been enhanced for a richer look.

With the color additions come two deletions. Due to low sales volumes, lime and tangerine are no longer available as AireWeave choices. That means that Mirra now offers a total of 12 color choices.

A&D offer. From now until November 11, 2005, A&D firms can purchase Mirra chairs for 67% off (limit of 20 chairs per A&D location). These chairs are only for the firms' use and are not for resale. Contact us for details.

For more information visit our Mirra Chair page at: http://www.bfionline.com/mirra/

Friday, September 23, 2005

Herman Miller Design Center Earns LEED Gold

Herman Miller’s National Design Center in Washington, D.C. lands a Leed for Commercial Interiors (Leed-CI) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 16,000-square-foot new center for the office furniture manufacturer has accrued 39 credit points, just three credits shy of the highest level of certification--Leed Platinum. A pilot for the recently unveiled Leed-CI category, the facility includes a gallery of Herman Miller furnishings, conference and communal areas, a cafĂ©, and a working office environment for Herman Miller’s sales team.

"Sustainable guidelines can result in a more thoughtful and integrated approach to project goals, design elements, and building systems," says Ray Kennedy, director of corporate merchandising, A & D, and customer relations for Herman Miller.

Read Herman Miller press release.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Herman Miller and Edelman form alliance


Herman Miller and Edelman Leather are combining furniture designs with exquisite leathers. The alliance will make available on many products in Herman Miller's modern classics furniture line an array of Edelman upholstery leather in various colors.

"We're delighted to have Edelman Leather as an option for our most discerning customers," said Rick Duffy, vice president at Herman Miller. "The quality and range of color and finish is a wonderful complement to our design collection."

Edelman Leather can be specified in September, in either the all-grain or dream cow leathers for the following: Eames sofa, Eames soft pad and aluminum group seating, Eames chaise, Eames executive chair, Eames lounge chair and ottoman, Goetz sofa and Nelson marshmallow sofa.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer Herman Miller's customers unprecedented freedom in color, texture and quality of leather," said Arthur Edelman, chairman of Teddy & Arthur Edelman Ltd. "Imagine an Eames lounge chair available in over 600 colors. This relationship helps us to share our passion with even more people, on many of the most celebrated furniture designs of the 20th century."

Edelman Leathers are full grain and aniline dyed, made in Edelman tanneries. "Good leather doesn't wear out; it wears in," said John Edelman, president of Arthur & Teddy Edelman.

The Cella Chair Design Story


The Cella chair began in the imagination of designer Jerome Caruso. He envisioned a highly engineered, intelligent seating surface composed of hundreds of small cells and loops that would support and respond to different areas of the body. To implement this vision, research focused on optimizing the chair's performance, particularly the patented Cellular Suspension.

To meet the project mandate that Cella be more comfortable than other chairs in its price segment, several research methodologies were used, including end-user evaluations, benchmarking, and expert-opinion research by ergonomists and biomechanical professionals from around the country.

From an ergonomics standpoint, Cella follows the lead of Herman Miller's Aeron and Mirra work chairs, with five ergonomics issues integral to the design all three:
- Size and fit. Anthropometric data from CAESAR (Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource) and other sources was used to ensure the chair fits different body shapes and sizes.
- Pelvic stabilization. The Cella backrest has Herman Miller's integrated, passive PostureFit contour.
- Kinematics. Herman Miller's proven Harmonic tilt mechanism was applied on Cella.
- Pressure distribution. Throughout Cella's development process, Herman Miller used its pressure-mapping capabilities to inform the design of the cellular size, flex regions, and contouring.
- Thermal comfort. Special temperature sensors, called thermocouples, were used to evaluate upholstery options and inform textile selection.

From an aesthetics standpoint, Cellular Suspension was designed to update and redefine the look of low- to mid-price work chairs, where thick foam-and-fabric seats and backs remain the norm. The color offering was created to support the chair's application flexibility and address important trends. Inspirations for the palette include:
- New architecture. The trend is toward darker, warmer tones in architecture and interior design.
- Nature. Rich, saturated tones for a timeless, classic look.
- Global influences. Colors that appeal to international customers.
- Design trends. Chairs are being specified to have a more neutral presence in office environments so they don't compete visually with other design elements.

With these trends as a guide, Cella's broad yet concise color selection goes beyond what is expected in the price range.

From an environmental standpoint, Cella was developed using Herman Miller's Design for Environment cradle-to-cradle protocol, which establishes strict standards for recyclability, safe content, easy disassembly, minimal packaging, and minimal waste. As a result, like all Herman Miller products, Cella fits into the company's vision of sustainable design.

bfi is an authorized Herman Miller Dealer servicing the NJ/NY area. For more information on the Herman Miller Cella Chair visit our Cella Chair page at: http://www.bfionline.com/cella/

Monday, August 15, 2005

The Man Behind the Cella Chair

Meet designer Jerome Caruso, creator of the Herman Miller Cella Chair, Sub-Zero fridge/freezer, plus an array of other innovations

At 12 years old, Jerome Caruso discovered his career when a friend of his father introduced him to industrial design--and he heard about a General Motors contest for futuristic car concepts. "I worked in the basement every day after school for months," Caruso remembers, "developing a clay model for the car, transferring the design to a block of wood, and carving it out by hand. That was when I realized what I wanted to do--especially after winning an award."

Caruso refined his design sensibilities in Europe in the 1960s. While a graduate student at the University of Copenhagen, he also worked at that city's premier design office. "There was a sensitive approach to European design that made an indelible impression on me," he recalls.

Deciding to go it alone, he lined up projects in Scandinavia; at age 26 he opened a practice in Brussels with clients in Belgium, England, France, and Germany. Later he returned to the U.S. and again established a one-man studio. His diverse projects ranged from spearheading Motorola's entry into the manufacture of LCD watch modules to designing and engineering the first completely machine-produced stack chair for the U.S. contract market (now in the American Arts collection at the Chicago Art Institute).

Caruso is most noted as Sub-Zero's first and only designer for more than 20 years, responsible for their entire line of sophisticated refrigeration icons and industry-leading firsts, including winestorage units. He invented Sub-Zero's revolutionary drawer-and-cabinet system, named one of the 10 best products of '95 by Time magazine. For the 2002 debut of Wolf, Sub-Zero's corporate companion, he designed 25 new cooking appliances within 18 months.

With more than 75 design patents to his credit, Caruso takes a hands-on approach and enjoys doing it all--concepts, drawings, prototypes, and engineering. "The bigger the challenge, the more fun it is to work out the solution," he says. He's especially intrigued with chairs and vividly recalls the challenge of Herman Miller's high-performance, award-winning Reaction chair, which he designed with his son, Steven.

But Herman Miller's Cella chair, he smiles, was the "Mt. Everest of fun. At the beginning, I imagined a highly engineered, 'intelligent' surface that could be the ultimate in seating comfort. I envisioned hundreds of tiny 'cells'--each one consisting of a pad with spring-like loops that would both support and respond to different anatomical areas." And after years of development and experimentation, the Cella chair closely follows that original concept.

Today, from his spacious, sky-lit studio in Lake Forest, Illinois, Caruso continues to enjoy the design process as much as he did when he first discovered it as a boy. "My goal has always been to bring function and art together in products that perform superbly and look great," he says.


Herman Miller Designs
Cella Chairs
Reaction Chairs

Office/Studio
Jerome Caruso Design, Lake Forest, Illinois

Awards/Recognition
Good Design Awards, Chicago Athenaeum, 2003, Convection Oven Line, Radiant Cooktop Line/Wolf Appliance Company
IDSA Awards, 2002, Convection Oven Line, Radiant Cooktop Line/Wolf Appliance Company
IDSA Award, 2002, Reaction Chair/Herman Miller
IDSA Award, 2001, Wine Storage Units/Sub-Zero Freezer Co.
Best of NeoCon Gold Award, 1998, Reaction Chair/Herman Miller
Design Excellence Award, Design Journal, 1998, Reaction Chair/Herman Miller
Annual Design Review, I.D. magazine, 1998, Reaction Chair/Herman Miller
Year's 10 Best Products, Time magazine, 1995, Sub-Zero 700 Series
IDSA Award, 1991, Attiva Seating System/Thonet Industries
IDSA Award, 1987, Sub-Zero 500 Series

Related Information:
Introducing the Cella Chair by Herman Miller
Herman Miller's Cella Chair and Babble Voice Privacy Technology Win "Best of NeoCon 2005" Awards

bfi is an authorized Herman Miller Dealer servicing the NJ/NY area. For more information on the Herman Miller Cella Chair visit our Cella Chair page at: http://www.bfionline.com/cella/

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

NeoCon 2005 Photo Gallery

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View our online gallery featuring many of the new products on display from numerous top manufacturers. View Gallery»

(NeoCon World's Trade Fair is the contract furnishing industry's premier trade event and North America's largest conference and exhibition for interior design and facilities management.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Introducing the Cella Chair by Herman Miller

Herman Miller introduces the Cella chair, the most recent addition to their seating innovations and recipient of the Best of NeoCon Innovation Award in the Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task category.
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Cella Chair Facts:
  • Cella features Herman Miller's patented Cellular Suspension™ material, the first major work chair innovation in its price category in many years.
  • Based on international user size data, Cella is appropriate for a wide range of people—from the 5th percentile woman to 95th percentile man.
  • Cella is 99 percent recyclable, has 33 percent recycled content, and can be disassembled in less than 5 minutes for efficient recycling.
  • Designed by Jerome Caruso, Cella is smart, sporty, and unique.
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  • Cella’s Cellular Suspension material is made of a durable, pliable polymer; it’s not foam and fabric, and it’s not mesh.
  • Cellular Suspension creates different flex regions in the back and seat by varying the depth of the loops that connect the cells.
  • Deep loops have more flex, shallow loops have less flex.
  • Varying the loop depths gives different areas of the seat and back different levels of flexibility for varying levels of support.
  • It also provides aeration so skin temperature remains constant and moisture moves away from the body.
  • Cella’s range of ergonomic features and full complement of adjustments set it apart from other chairs in its price category.
  • Cella has a refreshing, versatile aesthetic that complements a variety of interiors.
Herman Miller Cella Chair
  • The palette includes nature-based colors and luxurious, saturated tones that coordinate with Mirra and Caper chair offerings for flexibility in choosing seating for an entire facility.
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  • Latitude™ upholstery is available in 20 colors with options for seat coverings available beginning this summer and for back coverings starting this fall.
  • Cella joins Aeron® and Mirra® chairs as the latest in a series of innovative seating.
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  • Together they provide a wide selection of high-performance work chairs in price ranges that are right for any budget.
bfi is an authorized Herman Miller Dealer servicing the NJ/NY area. For more information on the Herman Miller Cella Chair visit our Cella Chair page at: http://www.bfionline.com/cella/

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Friday, June 17, 2005

Herman Miller's Cella Chair and Babble Voice Privacy Technology Win "Best of NeoCon 2005" Awards

Herman Miller's innovative new Cella work chair and breakthrough Babble voice privacy technology today won "Best of NeoCon 2005" awards at the annual industry exposition in Chicago.

Cella won the Innovation Award in the Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task category; Babble earned Gold honors in the Workplace Technologies category.

Cella, designed by Jerome Caruso for Herman Miller, features Cellular Suspension that uses pliable molder polymer "cells" and loops to responsively flex in concert with the body's movements throughout the workday. Following the rigors of Herman Miller's Design for Environment (DfE) methodology, the chair has 33 percent recycled content, is 99 percent recyclable, and can be disassembled in less than 5 minutes with simple hand tools. Cella brings a new level of ergonomic performance and a unique, progressive aesthetic to mid/low priced contract seating.

Babble provides voice confidentiality and security of information in open-plan work environments. Its desktop format connects to the telephone and sends the user's voice out in multiplied and "babbled" form through proprietary speakers arranged in the work area. Introduced through Sonare Technologies / A Herman Miller Company, the phone-based device represents the first of several innovative new products and technologies expected from the new subsidiary.

The Best of NeoCon Competition honors new products introduced to the U.S. market since the close of the previous year's competition. Award sponsors include the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Contract magazine, and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Internet Home Alliance Announces Results Of Mobile Worker Pilot

If you build a public work space specifically to meet the needs of mobile workers—workers who use a PC at least 15 percent of the time and have the freedom to work from home, the office or some ‘third place,’ will they come?

According to new research from Internet Home Alliance, a network of leading companies doing collaborative research to advance the connected home space, the answer is yes. In addition, the research found that a mobile work environment was a viable business proposition, increasing the revenues of retailers in the area, prompting the pilot participants to keep the Plano, Texas, test site up and running indefinitely.

In April of last year, a group of Alliance members—Cisco Systems, Cushcraft, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Panasonic and Taubman Centers—came together to test in the real world what past Alliance research had found to be the “ideal” mobile work environment: a broadband connection; a highly secure Wi-Fi network; business services such as copying, printing and scanning; business and news programming broadcast on plasma screens; ergonomic furniture designed specifically for a mobile work style; collaborative work areas; and food and hospitality services.

The Alliance set up this ideal environment in a 2,400 square foot space in The Shops at Willow Bend, an upscale shopping center located in Plano, Texas, a Dallas suburb home to several Fortune 500 companies. Dubbed “Connection Court,” use of the space was open to the public from April through October 2004 and free of charge.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Survival Tips For Smart Moving

BY DAN MORLEY, PRESIDENT

Upgrading to a new facility involves numerous decisions. As a business owner that’s nothing new to you, though. You constantly make high-pressure decisions, so why should moving decisions be any different?

The fact is, unfortunately most owners make avoidable moving mistakes. Here are some frequent mistakes that businesses make in their relocation undertaking.

MISTAKE 1: Forget budget. Full speed ahead. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get the job done. But by rushing though a budget, you’ll often find yourself forced to eliminate important elements that would have made a project more productive and more appealing to new and old clients. Take the time and really devise an appropriate budget.

MISTAKE 2: I want the lowest price possible. Moving offices involves multiple purchasing decisions. To maximize budgets you’ve got to interrelate these purchases (phones, computers, furniture, carpet, security, movers, construction, etc.). Oftentimes, this lack of coordination leads to tremendous bottlenecks, increasing time and, therefore, costs.

MISTAKE 3: I’d rather do it myself. Companies that try to control every aspect of a project themselves frequently make critical mistakes. They try to become experts at carpeting, blueprints, ergonomics, lighting, and everything else under their control. Spending excessive time and effort trying to complete moving yourself can take away from the success of your core business.

Before jumping in consider all the details: phones, computers, information systems. How and when do you unplug everything without destroying your entire record-keeping and communications system?

MISTAKE 4: What does everyone else think? One of the biggest mistakes can be asking too many people to get involved. Too many opinions and ideas can slow down the decision-making process and cause the move to take forever.

MSTAKE 5: I sign all the checks. I make all the decisions. By never asking for any employee input, however, it can create dissension during a time that should spark excitement. My advice? Show concern. Consider the psychological effect of change on the employees. All it requires is a partner who knows how to prepare employees for the transition from old office to new.

MISTAKE 6: First thing tomorrow. Waiting too long to address key facility issues and postponing decisions can cost the company money, efficiency, and overall appearance. Procrastinating over the interior portions of the office (color schemes, carpeting) can leave you with limited options (colors, products) which otherwise would have been available.

MISTAKE 7: Just do it. While the ability to forge ahead and complete a project is necessary, making quick and rash decisions in the interest of time can be quite detrimental. Building a new facility without any planning could leave your company without any room to grow, or a little research could prove that your current facility with proper remodeling would have been sufficient. The key is to know your company’s goals and directions, which will help to create an integrated plan.

Moving a headquarters or office space to an unfamiliar facility is a serious undertaking and one that involves significant patience, understanding and expertise. Having been key components in several office moves for our clients, bfi has a strong moving management team and is a well-oiled machine in terms of guiding and advising these corporate clients. As such, if you’re planning on relocating your team, we strongly urge you to follow the advice we’ve compiled above to make your transition smooth and seamless. Happy moving!

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For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

bfi Appoints Ann Issackedes Senior Account Executive

PARSIPPANY, NJ (MAY 23, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area's largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Ann Issackedes has joined bfi as Senior Account Executive. In this position, Ann's responsibilities will include facilitating client needs as they relocate or change their office environments, providing creative and specific furniture solutions, and helping to create work environments that allow business to flow and operate more efficiently.


"Ann's education and expertise make her a great addition to our team," said President of bfi, Dan Morley. "As our business grows, we are committed to continue to attract quality candidates such as Ann Issackedes to our organization."


Ann Issackedes joins bfi from Bill Behrle Associates. As a Senior Account Executive at Behrle, Ann specialized in furniture sales and design for New York City law firms and corporate headquarter standards programs. Prior to Behrle, Ann worked with Furniture Consultants in New York City, Tobron Office Furniture, also in New York, and ran her own furniture sales and consulting firm. Ann began her career at Knoll International.


Graduating with a degree in business from Skidmore College in New York, Ann Issackedes has also completed design coursework at Berkeley College. A member of the New Jersey Board of ICREW for the past four years, she has served as co-director of special projects for the past two. Ann Issackedes resides in River Edge, New Jersey.


For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America's largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.


For more information, contact bfi's Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, May 09, 2005

bfi Participates in 6th Annual Box-A-Thon Charity Event

NEW YORK, NY (MAY 9, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently participated in the 6th Annual Design Literature and Sample Box-A-Thon. The Box-A-Thon, run by Info Edge and SpecSimple.com, enlists the help of New York’s busiest design firms and furniture dealers to help support some of the finest New York area design schools.

“Participating in our first Box-A-Thon was just a phenomenal experience,” said Susan Luss, architecture and design business development manager for bfi. “We were able to not only raise a lot of money, but to also provide students with a tremendous amount of supplies and samples, which will truly enhance their learning experience throughout college. It was great to participate with so many different peers of the design and furniture industry, and we’re looking forward to being involved with such a meaningful event in the future.”

A huge success, this year’s Box-A-Thon recruited the help of more than 75 firms, the donation of more than 300 boxes of materials, and raised more than $7,000 to be donated to the participating schools. An added benefit is that materials, which would have otherwise been thrown away, are now saved and recycled in their use at the various design schools.

The Box-A-Thon, in its sixth year of operation, is a unique charity event that benefits design schools and the design industry alike. It begins when architecture and design firms box various excess supplies including resource books, fabrics, samples, brochures, and various professional design materials. bfi and other furniture dealers then transport the boxes to the participating schools. These supplies are used throughout the semester by architecture and design students as cost effective training materials and manuals. In addition to donating supplies, firms were given the opportunity to pledge $25 per box, the proceeds of which go to scholarship and material funds for the participating schools.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Nelson Miniature Chests Reintroduced at ICFF 2005

Herman Miller for the Home is bringing back another classic to the North American marketplace, the Nelson Miniature Chests designed in 1952 by George Nelson. The return of the delicately crafted chests is timed to coincide with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2005. Herman Miller will be showing the chests in Booth 1012 of New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center during the May 14-17 gathering.

The chests are available in six-drawer and nine-drawer models, and come with two base options. They are made of teak stained with a rosewood finish. The suggested retail price ranges from $999 to $1395.

"The Nelson Miniature Chests are extremely popular with collectors," said Marg Mojzak, senior manager of Sales, Marketing and Distribution. "And for the growing number of people who love mid-century modern pieces, the return of the Miniature Chests will be warmly welcomed. They are beautiful, flexible, and work well with a wide range of decors."

George Nelson designed the chests soon after returning from his first trip to Tokyo in 1951. The chests echoed Japanese tansu, cabinets with many small drawers. They were intended, in Nelson's view, to demonstrate what he liked most about Japanese design--"a sense of fitness in the relationship between hand, material, use, and shape."

The reintroduced chests have hand-fitted drawers to ensure proper alignment. Each of the models has one "jewelry" drawer with dividers to organize and store smaller items.

"It's always a pleasure to add another George Nelson design to the collection of classics at Herman Miller for the Home," added Gregg VanderKooi, product manager. "The Nelson Miniature Chests will have big appeal in the marketplace."

Nelson Miniature Chests are covered by the Herman Miller warranty for one year.

Herman Miller for the Home products are available at select retailers and online stores. A complete listing may be found at HermanMiller.com. Herman Miller also is making the reintroduced Nelson chests available to contract customers through its dealer distribution channel.

Herman Miller provides complete solutions that help create great places to work. Through research, design, manufacture, and distribution of innovative interior furnishings, complemented by furniture management and strategic consulting services, the company serves organizations and individuals around the world. During fiscal 2004, Herman Miller's award-winning products and services generated $1.34 billion in revenue. In 2005, the company was again cited in Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and was named among Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol MLHR.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Herman Miller Receives Regional EPA Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest office recently honored Herman Miller, along with other organizations and individuals, with its seventh annual Environmental Awards.

EPA regional administrator Wayne Nastri presented awards to 37 individuals and organizations for their efforts to protect and preserve the environment during 2004.
"The EPA applauds the outstanding achievements of these environmental heroes," said Nastri. "Thanks to their efforts, our air, water and land will be cleaner and safer for generations to come."

Herman Miller was acknowledged for its ongoing work "to minimize the environmental impact of its fabrics, materials, and finishes while maximizing product quality." It was also noted that the company conducted approximately $200 million of business in the region during 2004.

The EPA presented the awards to businesses, government officials, tribes, environmental organizations, and citizen activists from California, Arizona, Nevada and the Pacific Islands. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 175 nominees.

Other award recipients included rocker Neil Young, recognized for using biodiesel-fueled trucks and buses on a recent concert tour; the California Stormwater Quality Association; and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The EPA Pacific Southwest office encompasses Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations.

Monday, April 25, 2005

bfi Completes Furniture Installation for Kean University's Newest, State-of-the-art Academic Facility

UNION, NJ, (APRIL 25, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced that it recently completed a project on behalf of its client, Kean University, providing furniture specification, management and installation for a new academic building (NAB 2).

bfi has a long track record of meeting the needs of educational institutions and we are very proud to have worked with Kean University on its newest academic building,” said Bill Ziegler, senior vice president at bfi and manager of the project. “This is a state-of-the art facility where bfi was able to collaborate with architect KSS to provide the university with a highly automated computer lab and unparalleled faculty offices.”

The NAB 2 takes the place of Kean University’s Student Services Building, which was demolished in order to erect the 124,000-square-foot, four-floor academic facility. Featuring a 125-seat audlecture hall, 44 classrooms, 20 seminar rooms, 13 labs and 77 faculty and staff offices, as well as a stately center atrium that occupies all four floors of the facility, the building will be the most technologically advanced on campus.

bfi procured furniture for the entire facility, utilizing a compilation of products, including Herman Miller Passage products and K.I. furniture. A high tech computer lab was furnished with computer tables that are wired for power and data systems. Currently, Kean University is seeking the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which would make NAB 2 the first facility at an institute of higher education to receive such certification in New Jersey, qualifying it as highly sustainable and energy sufficient.

In addition to the Kean University project, bfi has provided its expertise to a number of educational facilities in New Jersey, including the New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey Medical School, Rider University and Montclair State University.

Kean University was founded in 1855 and is one of New Jersey’s largest institutions of higher learning. Occupying in excess of 150 acres in Union and Hillside Townships, Kean offers 47 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs, with total enrollment exceeding 13,000.

For more information, visit www.kean.edu.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Princeton, New Jersey office at 609-860-1800 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, April 04, 2005

bfi Appoints Christina Headley Intermediate Designer

PARSIPPANY, NJ, APRIL 4, 2005— Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Christina Headley has rejoined the Company as Intermediate Designer. Working out of the Parsippany, New Jersey office, Christina will be responsible for drafting, field surveys, space planning, furniture budget research, furniture layout and specification, and construction drawings and construction oversight.

Ms. Headley has spent a majority of her college and professional years at bfi. Beginning as an intern, Christina worked her way up to a full time position as an interior designer in 2001. After a short time with Arenson, a Knoll Furniture dealer, Christina has rejoined bfi as an intermediate designer. Christina brings six years of design experience to bfi. In her prior experience as an interior designer, Christina has served as Lead Project Designer for Lee Hecht Harrison, a national company, where she was responsible for space planning and design. In addition, Christina has served as a client liaison coordinating with architects and project managers to assure that projects were completed on time and within budget. As an intern, Christina assisted in research and structuring of project bids, as well as creating marketing materials for the design department.

Christina Headley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Centenary College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in interior design. Christina currently resides in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, March 28, 2005

bfi Appoints Julie A. May Account Manager

NEW YORK, NY MARCH 28, 2005— Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Julie A. May has joined the Company as an account manager. Responsible for serving the New York Metro area, Julie will be providing bfi clients with interior design solutions including: Herman Miller products, furniture specification services, project management, storage and rental, as well as drawing from over 300 manufacturers to suit all budgets and conceptions.

Ms. May brings more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience to bfi, in addition to a strong educational background and freelance design career. As a sales and marketing manager at Information Builders, Inc. and as an account manager for the Vanstar Corporation, Julie has consistently surpassed sales and marketing goals. Throughout her career, Julie has worked with Fortune 1000 companies, grown sales in existing business accounts, and served as both designer and point-of-contact while freelancing with commercial, hospitality and residential architectural and interior design firms.

Julie A. May received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Hartford. She then began her interior design training at New York University and continued on to the Interior Design Professional Level Program at UCLA. Julie currently resides in Edgewater, New Jersey.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

bfi Renews Lease at its Parsippany Offices

COMPANY WILL RENOVATE SPACE AS A HIGH-TECH SHOWCASE

PARSIPPANY, NJ (MARCH 28, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently renewed its lease at 10 Lanidex Plaza West in Parsippany. CB Richard Ellis’ Sean Morley and Marc Trevisan represented bfi in this transaction.

“We are pleased to have renewed our lease in Parsippany and to be continuing to play a leadership role in the Morris County community,” commented Paul Gold, chief executive officer of bfi. “bfi plans to completely renovate this space and to create a technological showcase for furniture applications so that our customers are able to fully realize the breadth of furniture solutions available from bfi. We are pleased that this Parsippany space can also accommodate the substantial growth we are experiencing at bfi.”

The planned renovations at bfi include virtual showroom tours. Clients and prospects will have a unique opportunity to view the showrooms of the many manufacturers bfi represents. A state-of-the-art presentation screen suspended from the ceiling will take you on a virtual tour highlighting the furniture systems and options available through bfi.

The offices of bfi's chief executive officer and president will be equipped with contemporary, technology-oriented top-of-the-line wood furniture, and floor-to-ceiling glass demountable walls. Their executive assistant's workstation will be done in the most current Herman Miller metallic finishes and contain overhead storage units with lift-assisted mechanisms. New state of the art carpet tiles line the floors.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Herman Miller Tops Fortune Magazine's 2005 "Most Admired Companies" List for Furniture Industry

Fortune magazine has released its annual "Most Admired Companies" list, and once again Herman Miller ranks at the top of its industry, and among the top 20 companies overall in its combined score for eight measures of reputation.

Herman Miller leads the eight companies included in the Furniture category with an overall score of 7.90. Herman Miller placed first in six out of eight key attributes including Innovation, Employee Talent, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Long-term Investment, and Quality of Products/Services.

Herman Miller has led the furniture industry's "Most Admired" list in 17 out of the 19 years that Fortune has included the category in its definitive survey of corporate reputation.

Herman Miller is one of 23 Michigan companies to make the "Most Admired" list and among three within the state to lead their respective industries. In all, 65 industries were ranked in the 2005 "Most Admired" survey results.

To reach its findings, Fortune and its survey partner, Hay Group, asked the top managers at 582 companies (the largest by revenues in each sector) to judge their competition. In all, 10,000 executives, directors, and securities analysts rated the companies in their industry on the eight attributes.

The complete "Most Admired" list is available online to Fortune subscribers at the magazine's website, www.fortune.com, and will appear in the next print issue of the magazine.

Interior Design has joined in the recognition of Herman Miller's #1 ranking in the March 7 issue of their LiveWire e-zine.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior furnishings that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated $1.34 billion in revenue during fiscal 2004. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. In fiscal 2004 Herman Miller was named recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." In the current year the company has been named to the Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index and was again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry in the annual survey of industry executives and analysts. The company trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit www.HermanMiller.com.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Are You Moving?

Are You Moving?

Download our bfi Survival Guide to Office Moving and Remodeling.

This 17 page booklet is packed full of advice and information on how avoid making costly mistakes as an office going through a transition.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Vision and the Computerized Office

Vision and the computerized office

Digital Generation: Vision and the Computerized Office

When people rely on a Video Display Terminal (VDT) screen to do the majority of their work, for extended periods of their workday, vision symptoms often result. Optometrists and ergonomists use the term Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) to describe these symptoms, which occur in 75 to 90 percent of computer workers. CVS symptoms may include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry and irritated eyes, neck and/or back aches, and light sensitivity.

Vision experts agree that less-than-ideal workplace conditions and screen technology can exacerbate these problems, and that ergonomic interventions must be part of the solution. Suggestions for addressing these conditions give organizations practical ways to improve their workers' visual health and allow people to work to their full potential.

Download the entire research report*, free of charge

*Research report created by Herman Miller Inc.


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Monday, January 17, 2005

bfi Completes Six-Phase Relocation and Consolidation of Ricoh's West Caldwell, NJ Offices

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, JANUARY 17, 2005 – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently completed a six-phase furniture relocation and consolidation for Ricoh Corporation, a worldwide office equipment provider, in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The project was a result of Ricoh’s acquisitions of Savin and Lanier, which required the Company to relocate and merge three operations into one centralized location. bfi utilized its first imported Asian product in this assignment, as well as domestic sources, which provided Ricoh with an affordable and durable quality office furniture product for its new space.

"We are very proud to have spearheaded Ricoh's furniture and relocation needs in this new space with a high quality and innovative Asian product," said Daniel F. Morley, president and principal of bfi. "bfi strives to meet the intricate needs of our clients and this project exemplified our company's teamwork and customer service strategy at work. We are pleased to have completed the entire six-phase relocation in a timely and seamless manner. We also expect to experience more market demand for this type of affordable, attractive and user-friendly product line."

Ricoh required a team-based atmosphere and furniture that would be conducive to its high degree of technological usage. As such, AA Architectural was brought in to create such a design, resulting in an open office environment, equipped with low paneled office stations. These low panels created a collaborative, team-centered ambiance, with a high degree of visibility, and were able to accommodate the wiring needs of the client. Ricoh’s new workspaces included a combination of surface and storage areas, and each workspace was equipped with its own storage locker. Because the project was completed in six phases, Ricoh’s operations were not interrupted, allowing the Company’s employees to continue their operations at full tilt.

Ricoh Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., based in Japan, is headquartered in West Caldwell, New Jersey and is a leading office equipment and electronics provider. Products include, but are not limited to, copiers, printers, digital duplicators and digital cameras. The Company employs over 73,000 individuals worldwide.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi's Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs/Wire Chairs: Product Additions, Update

New Products: Available for Order January 3, 2005
  • Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair (DSSN.) This chair has a four-legged base, which is stackable up to 14 chairs high. The base is available in Chrome. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue. Glide option: Standard or Standard with Felt.
  • Eames Molded Plastic Armchair (DAR.) The Eiffel tower base is available in Chrome. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue. Glide option: Standard or Standard with Felt.
  • Eames Molded Plastic Armchair (DAX.) The nonstackable four-legged base is available in Chrome. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue. Glide option: Standard or Standard with Felt.
  • Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair (RAR.) The base frame is available in Chrome and will feature solid maple rockers. The seat is available in Black, Red, White, Lime Green, and Light Blue.


Finish Additions: Effective January 3, 2005
eames molded plastic side chairsLime Green and Light Blue have been added to the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair (DSR.) finish offering. These two new colors—in addition to the existing colors: Black, Red, and White—are available on both the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair and Molded Plastic Armchair.

bfi Appoints Sandra M. Miller Sales and Account Manager at its Princeton, NJ Office

PRINCETON, NJ (January 3, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area's largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Sandra M. Miller has joined its Princeton, New Jersey team as a sales and account manager.

"We are proud to have Sandra join our rapidly growing organization," said Bill Ziegler, senior vice president of bfi's Princeton office. "She has tremendous experience within the architectural and interior design businesses, and we are looking forward to utilizing her broad experience to service our expanding customer base at bfi."

Sandra Miller joins the bfi team from Arenson Office Furnishings in Woodbridge, New Jersey, where she was a project and account manager. She has also gained experience as a senior designer and sales representative, and has served as a project designer and design manager for Vitetta Group Interiors, Country Floors, Inc., The Phillips Janson Group and W.B. Wood Company, respectively. Ms. Miller also brings extensive freelance experience with her, having completed projects for such groups as BVI Architectural Group, Michael Landau Associates and Tuller McNealus Architects.

Ms. Miller earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi's Princeton, New Jersey office at 609-860-1800 or visit www.bfionline.com.