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.