Tuesday, December 12, 2006

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 ten 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 Lisa Adonetti, Wendy Pflaum of bfi NYC. The entire NYC office assisted in assembling this year's craft of a Snowman Magnet. Joseph Adonetti, Lisa's father, donated sports memorabilia for over 400 children & Mark Kramer of Susan lawrence Catering donated chocolate Santas for all the children's goodie bags. bfi also sponsored a table where volunteers assisted the children in assembling our craft. This year's event was better than ever. Many new firms participated and is was an overall success for everyone involved. Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to We Care 2007!






Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving Greetings

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank you for your patronage, services, and friendship.

To all of our clients, vendors, and friends, may you have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving celebration this year.

Dan Morley
President

P.S.
Watch this very special Thanksgiving video that I'm sure we all can relate to.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Herman Miller Company Convia Invents Electrical Evolution

Convia, Inc., a new Herman Miller Company, Electrifies Greenbuild 2006 with Programmable Power and Data Infrastructure for Sustainable Spaces and Design Freedom

Gone are the days of power outlets limiting space and confining building design. Convia, a new Herman Miller Company, is rewiring thinking about traditional electricity with the debut of its signature product, Convia Programmable Infrastructure, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in Denver's Colorado Convention Center (Booth #1201) from November 14-17.

Convia Inc. seeks to change the way people design, build, personalize, and manage space. Convia Programmable Infrastructure is a modular and programmable electrical infrastructure that delivers "plug-and-play" power virtually anywhere within a commercial space without requiring hardwiring of devices or switches. Eliminating the constraints of traditional electrical systems, this next-generation infrastructure invites architects, interior designers, electrical contractors, building owners and tenants to "go reconfigure" and create flexible, sustainable environments that can be easily--and instantly--modified or upgraded. Convia allows users to accomplish all of this with installation costs that are at or below standard wiring, and life cycle costs that are a fraction of the cost of traditional electric.

"In today's fast-paced marketplace, companies are constantly up- or downsizing," said Randy Storch, president of Convia. "Renovating space can be a headache for all parties involved, from tenants and building owners to operators and contractors. With Convia, electrical reconfigurations that could take days or even weeks to complete with traditional hardwiring can be performed within minutes at no cost."

"Go Reconfigure"
Recognizing that change is constant and buildings are rigid, Convia tears down the barriers of hardwiring systems to accommodate dramatic changes in space. Using infrared technology via a secure, remote control "wand" designed by Grimshaw Industrial Design, the leader in industrial design, Convia offers programmable electricity and allows all users--trained and untrained alike--to install, upgrade or relocate any electrical device (e.g. lighting fixtures, security cameras, electronic displays, thermostats, speakers, etc.), switch or sensor in moments. Using the wand, any off-the-shelf electrical, or electronic devices that are plugged into Convia's system connectors can be "programmed" and grouped with each other via a communication and control network, regardless of what electrical circuit they are connected to. To personalize space, users simply "point and click" a two-button wand to change the power connection. In addition, Convia delivers High Speed Ethernet capabilities to any IP appliance such as digital displays, VOIP or wireless hubs that receive power from the system. "Electrical systems have not changed in more than 60 years, but the ways in which we work have--dramatically," said Storch.

"Convia offers the next generation in electrical to accommodate the advances we've made in the past six decades. The beauty of Convia is that this 'next-generation' functionality is delivered at a fraction of the cost of today's alternatives."

Glowing Green
In a nation defined by its infatuation with cars, the auto industry is often presumed to be the greatest contributor to global warming. While vehicles account for 27 percent of all energy consumed in the United States, commercial buildings' energy demand towers above this number, at approximately 36 percent of energy consumed. Recognizing the importance of sustainable environments, more companies are "going green" in their facilities' design, yet roughly half of all of today's available conservation methods are never put in place because buildings' electrical systems can't effectively support them and modifications are cost prohibitive. Convia is designed to accommodate the sophisticated devices and complex electrical configurations required to achieve optimum energy efficiency, at a fraction of the cost of traditional electric.

On average, lighting represents approximately 40 to 60 percent of energy consumption in a building. By allowing for unlimited modifications in positioning and configuring energy-efficiency components, and optimizing occupancy, daylight, time, and temperature sensors, Convia provides personalized and cost-efficient control of power, data, HVAC and lighting systems. By reducing energy consumption, it can help qualify for federal and some municipal tax energy credits of up to $1.80 per square foot of a building, of which $.60 is associated with reduced lighting.

The system also may contribute points to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System (TM), the national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, by enabling more cost-effective adoption of efficient devices and components. In addition, Convia eliminates the landfill waste that often is created when buildings using traditional electric infrastructure are modified because 100 percent of Convia components are reusable. On average, the renovation of a 20,000-square-foot space would yield waste of approximately 10,000 feet of branch conduit, all associated fittings and supports, 600 backboxes for branch wiring, 40,000 feet of branch circuit wire and 62,000 feet of telephone and data wires.

Breaking Barriers, Not the Bank
Reconfiguring and remodeling commercial space can be expensive. In many cases it can mean delayed occupancy, or putting an existing business at a standstill as costly renovations are performed. While the initial cost of installing Convia falls at or even below that of traditional hardwire electric, it can save enormous time and expense throughout the lifecycle of a building.

With Convia the need for expensive and time-consuming electrical modifications, construction and labor is dramatically reduced. Since tenants can easily customize space themselves to meet their changing needs, productivity is enhanced and their overall satisfaction is improved, thereby reducing tenant churn.

One Solution, Two Ways
Convia is available in two configurations: an open ceiling grid system and a customizable, plenum-rated system for use in conjunction with traditional, finished ceilings incorporating air-handling systems. The grid is best suited for open ceilings and is ideal for people who seek the ultimate in flexibility. In addition to the strengths of the programmable power and data infrastructure, it also enables place making with wall and ceiling products, to easily and economically reconfigure physical space as needs change.

The plenum-rated compatible version is designed for closed or drop ceilings. While this version doesn't offer as much place-making capability as the open ceiling grid system, it delivers superior performance and value compared to traditional wiring solutions. All components on this system utilize Convia's smart connectors enabling rapid movement of devices, and are fully programmable. The open ceiling grid system and plenum-rated system are compatible and can both be used in a space to get maximum benefit. With Convia, new or renovated interior spaces become programmable environments, responsive to the ever-changing needs of the modern commercial space.

About Convia, Inc.
Convia, a Herman Miller company, seeks to change the way people design, build, personalize and manage space. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Chicago, Convia is dedicated to offering customers agile and programmable environments, which allow for radically flexible spaces. For more information about Convia Programmable Infrastructure, visit www.hmconvia.com.

About Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller designs products and provides services that enhance the performance of people and their environments worldwide, making life more productive, rewarding, intelligent, and delightful. The company's award-winning products and services generated over $1.7 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. Recognized both for its innovative designs and business practices, Herman Miller is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2006, the company was again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and was included among Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., National Design Center Becomes First LEED-CI Gold Facility in New York City

Herman Miller's National Design Center in New York City has received the coveted LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the Commercial Interiors (CI) category. It's the first LEED-CI Gold rating to be awarded in New York City. The USGBC developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to encourage the development of more sustainable buildings and interiors.

Overall, the 15,400-square-foot facility received 37 credit points from the USGBC, most notably for its water conservation, energy efficiency and environmentally responsible materials. Herman Miller's newly relocated National Design Center in New York City occupies the 17th floor of a midtown Manhattan tower at 1177 Avenue of the Americas.

"This project has tremendous synergy with the environmental initiatives occurring in New York," said Rico Cedro, Director of Sustainable Design for architects Krueck and Sexton. "Carbon dioxide emissions and water conservation are issues of regional, city and state importance. We wanted the National Design Center (NDC) to demonstrate leadership in these areas."

The facility features low-flow fixtures that reduce water use by 37 percent, and 100 percent of the electric power is obtained from certified renewable energy sources. "Indoor air quality is also an important issue," Cedro added. "A typical American spends over 90 percent of his or her time indoors and a large proportion of that time is spent at work. The New York NDC maximizes indoor air quality through its advanced HVAC system design, materials with low-emitting or zero-emitting VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and its Greenguard-certified Herman Miller seating and systems furniture."

The space was designed to allow customers, architects and designers to see and experience the array of choices offered by Herman Miller. It also houses Herman Miller's New York sales team and its gallery boasts Herman Miller's award-winning contract office furniture products, along with a selection of Herman Miller for the Home classic designs.

"We want our customers to be inspired by this facility," said Ray Kennedy, Director of Corporate Merchandising, who oversees the development of Herman Miller's National Design Centers. "Over 20 percent of the project's material value is recycled content and approximately 83 percent of the discarded construction material was recovered and recycled. We believe these steps underscore our ongoing commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship."

The New York City National Design Center has been open in its new location since June 2006. It is the seventh Herman Miller National Design Center located in the U.S. and the third to receive LEED certification. The Washington, D.C., National Design Center received Gold certification in August 2005 and the Dallas National Design Center received Silver in March 2006.

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 $1.74 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. Herman Miller is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2006, the company was once again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and is among Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

NeoCon East Slide Show

Inspiring solutions for the design and management of the built environment was the theme of this year's NeoCon East, held at the Baltimore Convention Center October 11-12, 2006. Several bfi personnel had the opportunity to attend this year's event. We saw some really great new products. Here are a few photos from the show.






Leaf Light Available for Order

The award-winning Leaf personal light is available for order.

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Description:
The Leaf personal light uses innovative LED technology to bring the human touch to lighting. Designed by Yves Behar of fuseproject in San Francisco, Leaf lets the person manage lighting intensity, color, and on/off by simply touching the intuitive controls. Sleek, energy-efficient, and very adjustable, Leaf is designed for the office and living areas. It is a cool and compelling way to illuminate work or set a mood.

Features:
  • Spirited Design. The upper and lower blades are thin and sculptural, giving the light an organic form. To coordinate with a variety of settings, there's a choice of finish colors: black, white, red, nickel, and polished.
  • Innovative Technology. Leaf uses 20 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for illumination. Ten chips are blue-white (cool), and 10 are yellow-white (warm). The heat-dissipating design keeps the light cool to the touch without a fan.
  • Personal control. The light turns on and off with just a touch. Slide a finger along a groove in the base to adjust intensity and achieve the desired blend of warm and cool light. The on/off button gently glows so it's easy to touch in the dark. When turned off, the light retains the previous color/intensity setting when it's turned back on.
  • Very Adjustable. To direct light where needed, the lower blade rotates 180 degrees and pivots 27.5 degrees forward and 23 degrees backward. The upper blade pivots 210 degrees so it can be extended for direct lighting or folded for subtle, ambient lighting.
  • Energy efficient. Leaf uses 8-9 watts of power, 40 percent less than a compact fluorescent bulb. It allows up to 100,000 hours of use, which is eight times longer than conventional light sources.
  • Personal control. When turned on, the light retains the previous color and intensity settings.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Upgrading employees to an Aeron chair costs the same amount as you're spending on their toilet paper.

Joel Spolsky writes an interesting justification for buying Aeron chairs for your employees in his article titled, A Field Guid to Developers. Here is his justification from a business owners view point.

Let me, for a moment, talk about the famous Aeron chair, made by Herman Miller. They cost about $900. This is about $800 more than a cheap office chair from OfficeDepot or Staples.

They are much more comfortable than cheap chairs. If you get the right size and adjust it properly, most people can sit in them all day long without feeling uncomfortable. The back and seat are made out of a kind of mesh that lets air flow so you don’t get sweaty. The ergonomics, especially of the newer models with lumbar support, are excellent.

They last longer than cheap chairs. We’ve been in business for six years and every Aeron is literally in mint condition: I challenge anyone to see the difference between the chairs we bought in 2000 and the chairs we bought three months ago. They easily last for ten years. The cheap chairs literally start falling apart after a matter of months. You’ll need at least four $100 chairs to last as long as an Aeron.

So the bottom line is that an Aeron only really costs $500 more over ten years, or $50 a year. One dollar per week per programmer.

A nice roll of toilet paper runs about a buck. Your programmers are probably using about one roll a week, each.

So upgrading them to an Aeron chair literally costs the same amount as you’re spending on their toilet paper, and I assure you that if you tried to bring up toilet paper in the budget committee you would be sternly told not to mess around, there were important things to discuss.

The Aeron chair has, sadly, been tarnished with a reputation of being extravagant, especially for startups. It somehow came to stand for the symbol of all the VC money that was wasted in the dotcom boom, which is a shame, because it’s not very expensive when you consider how long it lasts; indeed when you think of the eight hours a day you spend sitting in it, even the top of the line model, with the lumbar support and the friggin’ tailfins is so dang cheap you practically make money by buying them.
So show this article to your boss, the next time you want to get a better chair for your cubicle.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bill Stumpf, co-creator of Aeron chair, dies at 70


By Rob Kirkbride
The Grand Rapids Press

ZEELAND -- Bill Stumpf, the designer who revolutionized office seating by creating the first mass produced ergonomic chairs for Herman Miller Inc., including the iconic Aeron, died Wednesday, according to the company.

The products Mr. Stumpf designed changed the office and made it a more comfortable place to work.

Stumpf will be remembered with Herman Miller design greats such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Isamu Noguchi, said John Berry, author of "Herman Miller: Purpose of Design" and a former Herman Miller employee.

"His impact on the company and its market growth would certainly be more significant than Eames or Nelson," Berry said today. "His design process benefited from Nelson and Eames and he looked to them as mentors. He took design to new levels."

Mr. Stumpf designed some of Herman Miller's best-selling products, including the Ergon, Equa and Aeron chairs, along with the Ethospace cubicle system.

Still, his best-known design was the Aeron chair, a skeletal mesh chair that became a best-seller for the company and was so radical in its design that it is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Stumpf created it with Don Chadwick.

The chair became a symbol of the dot-com boom and bust. Creative-types lusted after the chair -- and many still do.

Like many of the great designers who worked for Herman Miller, Mr. Stumpf had a long relationship with the company. The designer who worked out of an office near Minneapolis created the Ergon chair for Herman Miller in 1976 after extensive research on how people sit.

The chair was a revolutionary departure from the office chairs of the day. It combined comfort with design panache and allowed architects and facility managers to use customized fabrics to add life to the office. The Ergon 3, an updated version of the original, is still built by Herman Miller.

Mr. Stumpf and his design partner Jeff Weber were in the process of creating another chair for Herman Miller, according to the company.

My Studio Attracts Continuing Media Fascination

My Studio Environments continues to draw positive media attention in the aftermath of its coming out party in Chicago during NeoCon 2006 earlier in the summer. The groundbreaking system by Douglas Ball received significant coverage on ABC's World News Tonight and on ABC.com.

It also was featured in Time Magazine's July 17 issue in a three-page feature entitled "Redrawing the Cube."

More recently, Variety highlighted My Studio in its Variety Weekend edition of August 25.

Friday, August 18, 2006

ABC News: New Cubicle: Utopian Office Space?

ABC News: New Cubicle: Utopian Office Space?
ABC posted this great article on the history of the office cubicle then and now. There's also a good video clip about the latest version of the office cubicle featuring Herman Miller's new MyStudio Environment.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., Snags Best of Show, Two Golds and Silver at NeoCon 2006

Herman Miller's My Studio Environments captured the coveted Best of Competition in the annual Best of NeoCon Awards announced Monday morning at the opening of the three-day contract furnishings trade show in Chicago.

The striking system, designed by Doug Ball, also won the Gold Award in the Furniture Systems category.

Herman Miller also won the Gold Award in the Lighting category for the Yves Behar-designed Leaf personal light, and Geiger International, a Herman Miller subsidiary, won the Silver for Ergonomic Task Seating.

The awards, now in their 17th year, drew nearly 360 entries in almost 30 categories, and were judged by designers and facility managers who are members of the IIDA and IFMA. The competition is sponsored and organized by Contract magazine, which will feature My Studio Environments on the cover of its August issue.

Monday, June 12, 2006

My Studio Environments 'all about the person who's working there'



With the introduction of My Studio Environments, Herman Miller and dealer salespeople have an exciting, innovative solution to offer their customers.

"There's nothing else like it on the market, and we expect it to have a major impact," says Senior Product Manager Joel VanWyk. "Early response has been very positive, and customers are anxious to see My Studio and learn what it can do for them."

He notes that My Studio Environments is another major step by Herman Miller in the evolution of office furniture. "It fits perfectly with our history of systems furniture research, innovation, and problem solving. It also is a nice addition to our portfolio of systems products and enhances its range."

Available for order now, My Studio Environments will be introduced to the public at NeoCon 2006.

"For companies that view knowledge workers as strategic elements of their business," says VanWyk, "My Studio offers compelling advantages."

Designed by Douglas Ball, My Studio Environments is a human-centered solution. It fosters comfort, well-being, and productivity in personal, human-scaled offices that let people control their privacy and work processes.

Ball has been solving problems for people in offices for over 30 years, with an array of successful office furniture, computer workstations, and seating to show for it. "It's all about the person who's working there," he says of his approach to designing work environments.

For My Studio Environments, he reinvented the existing systems paradigm. "Workers have not only had to give up offices with doors, they've also had to give up space," he says, "so my goal was to optimize their work area."

"My Studio has the feel of a private office, even in a 6' x 8' footprint," says Eric Moes, senior product manager. "People can open up their offices to collaborate or close up their offices for work that requires concentration. This balance makes My Studio unique among open-plan products.

"For companies looking to optimize their real estate investment," he says, "My Studio is space efficient, but not at the expense of the individual."

Friday, June 09, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., Offers "Real Choices" at NeoCon 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., will introduce a bevy of new products at NeoCon 2006 in Chicago's Merchandise Mart from June 12-14. The additions to the portfolio include two office systems, an LED table top light, and an executive office chair from its Geiger subsidiary.

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

Learn more about Real Choices at NeoCon 2006.

"We realize 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 symbolize our long-standing commitment to offering customers the best choices for attracting, supporting, and retaining top talent."


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-centered solution featuring elements that enhance physical and psychological well-being and instill a personal sense of ownership.

My Studio can be utilized for privacy or collaboration and supports spaces with a reduced footprint. The office layout provides capability for creating, displaying, and organizing 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.

See and Experience Vivo.

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 color 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 utilizes 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.


A Golden Anniversary and a Reintroduction with Swagger

The Eames Lounge and Ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, is commemorating its 50th anniversary with a lively celebration and a new veneer that hearkens back to its original, lustrous rosewood. The new sustainable veneer option is called santos palisander. At NeoCon there will also be a display of invited designers' interpretations of the iconic lounge, in the form of three stylish sets whose cushions have been transformed into impressionistic canvasses.

Herman Miller also is showing at NeoCon its reintroduction of the Nelson Swag Leg group, a set of desks, tables and chairs designed by George Nelson, Herman Miller's longtime director of design. The chair, originally produced in fiberglass-reinforced plastic, is being reissued in earth-friendly and recylcable polypropolene. The collection also includes two dining tables, a work table and the elegant Nelson Swag Leg Desk.


The Sounds of Sonare

Sonare Technologies/A Herman Miller Company will demonstrate its next generation of the Babble voice privacy technology with Multivoice in the 11th floor Herman Miller for Healthcare showroom. Multivoice can be placed in any workspace and activated to protect private face-to-face conversations. Designed to operate independently of the telephone, Multivoice allows the freedom to speak securely within an open-plan office, conference room, or lobby setting.

Sonare's showing at NeoCon includes Roomtune. Displayed within the Herman Miller showroom, Roomtune turns tack boards, whiteboards, and artwork into sophisticated panels that remove excess sound energy, improving the overall acoustic performance of an interior space. Sonare President Bill DeKruif noted, "Babble opened the door for us to explore new ideas about protecting privacy and confidentiality. We're thrilled to add Multivoice and Roomtune to our sound management portfolio and the range of our interior applications."


Building Bridges with Alliance Partners

Herman Miller for Healthcare will reside in its own showroom this year at NeoCon. Its new location on the 11th floor of the Merchandise Mart in Suite 113a marks the first opportunity to fully demonstrate its range of products, knowledge and services in a variety of simulated applications.

Along with its casework, systems, and clinical furnishings, Healthcare will be displaying a new seating option from alliance partner Brandrud. Brandrud offers a comprehensive furnishings portfolio for patient rooms, exam rooms, treatments areas, and lobby and lounge areas.

Herman Miller's alliance with Bretford, Inc., expands its ability to serve a variety of learning environments in corporate facilities, colleges, and universities. Bretford offers innovative tables and visual display products for meeting and conference rooms, as well as learning spaces.

Several other alliances enhance Herman Miller's ability to provide customers with powerful choices for creating great places. Baker Manufacturing, Edelman Leather, First Office, Luna Textiles, Maharam, SCA Wall Services, SitOnIt, Inc., and Theatre Solutions, Inc., broaden and deepen the portfolio of products and services available through Herman Miller.

"We are making history at this NeoCon--and a strong statement about the future--as we bring to market an unprecedented set of new solutions and an amazing array of choices," said CEO Walker. "We have never been better positioned to serve our customers with the innovative product solutions that we can offer through Herman Miller and through our valued partners."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Legendary Eames Lounge and Ottoman Marks Golden Anniversary at ICFF 2006

Golden Anniversary Coincides with Introduction of Santos Palisander Veneer


One of Herman Miller's signature designs--the Eames Lounge and Ottoman--is marking its golden anniversary in 2006 with a classic celebration that will reverberate through New York City during the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair from May 20 to 23.

"It's a great opportunity to commemorate the enduring appeal of this timeless design and its half-century of continuous production," said Marg Mojzak, Director of Herman Miller for the Home.

The chair is the centerpiece of Herman Miller for the Home's ICFF display, located in Booth 1012 on the exhibition floor of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. The booth will feature a glittering collection of seven Eames Lounge Chairs, including three of them with commissioned cushion covers rendered by three artisans and designers from Switzerland, Korea and the U.S. There also will be four Lounge chairs outfitted in a new sustainable tropical veneer.

The chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, also is the focus of a traveling exhibition that opened May 18 at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York and moves in October to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Next year it visits The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

The exhibition, entitled The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design, is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and made possible by Herman Miller, Inc. It features an early production chair and ottoman that was used by Herman Miller's founder D.J. De Pree in his Zeeland, Michigan, home. It also includes an "exploded" 6-foot sculpture of the chair that shows each component of the design suspended--from its molded plywood and rubber shock mounts to black leather cushions.

The museum exhibition, rare for a single piece of furniture, also boasts a 200-page hardcover book co-published by Merrell Press in London and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The exhibition catalogue includes both vintage and contemporary photography and tributes to the Eames Lounge and Ottoman from six essayists.

Special media pieces supporting the exhibition include a short original film focused on current production of the chair by Eames Demetrios, the grandson of the Eameses. That segment complements archival footage of the chair's high-profile introduction in 1956 on the set of NBC studios in New York. On the live program called The Home Show, Arlene Francis interviewed Charles and Ray Eames about their dramatically different approach to lounge seating.

The 50th anniversary year is also the occasion for the introduction of a striking and richly grained veneer called santos palisander, a sustainably sourced tropical wood from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests. The original Eames Lounge and Ottoman was produced with a lustrous rosewood veneer on the molded plywood shell, but Herman Miller shifted to cherry and walnut veneers in 1991 due to environmental concerns surrounding the harvesting of certain tropical woods in rainforests.

The santos palisander veneer is available at a price of $3,995 through Herman Miller for the Home's channel of retailers and e-tailers. Throughout the anniversary year, all Eames Lounge chairs will be marked with a special commemorative medallion. The Eames Lounge and Ottoman also is available through Herman Miller's contract dealers.

"Through the decades, the chair has defined comfort and elegance," said Eames Demetrios, who oversees the Eames Office. "Charles and Ray would be very pleased to see that their handiwork continues to provide so much pleasure for people. And they would celebrate the fact that 50 years later Herman Miller is continuing to invest in the Eames Lounge and Ottoman to preserve the integrity of the original design and safeguard its future."

Added Herman Miller for the Home's Mojzak: "We have many wonderful and classic designs at Herman Miller for the Home, but for many people the Eames Lounge and Ottoman is arguably the most recognized and coveted. We're thrilled to celebrate 50 years of enduring style and beauty--and we expect that it will only grow in popularity during the next half century."

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 for both 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 2006, 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.

Eames Exhibit to be Held in New York


From May 18 through September 3, New York's Museum of Arts & Design will focus on the design, production, social history, and cultural impact of the lounge in "The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design."

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http://www.interiordesign.net/id_newsarticle/CA6330885.html

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., Named to Business Ethics Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" List for 2006

In Business Ethics magazine's seventh annual survey of corporate social responsibility demonstrated by major U.S. businesses, Herman Miller is ranked No. 22 on the publication's list of "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The ranking, released on April 27, is published in the Spring 2006 issue of the magazine.

Herman Miller once again is the only company in its industry to appear on the "100 Best" listing, and is among only 16 companies to have been included on the "100 Best" list each of the seven years the survey has been published. It's also the highest-ranked Michigan company, joining Whirlpool (No. 49) and Kellogg (No. 55) on this year's list.

The survey, which rates qualifying companies on several measures of corporate governance, business performance and socially responsible practices, gave particularly high marks to Herman Miller for its environmental leadership and sustainable business practices, its commitment to inclusiveness and diversity and its products.

The universe of companies considered for the list encompasses U.S. firms in the Russell 1000, the S&P 500, and the Domini Social Index. These firms are ranked on service in eight stakeholder categories: shareholders, community, governance, diversity, employees, environment, human rights, and product. The "100 Best" list puts a numerical rating on service to these various stakeholders. It uses data from Socrates, the online social research database created by KLD Research & Analytics in Boston, an independent research firm serving investment management professionals.

Founded in 1987, Business Ethics magazine is the only U.S.-based business magazine focusing on ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., Wins Sustainable Leadership Award at CoreNet Global Summit

Herman Miller has been named a recipient of the Sustainable Leadership Award for its exemplary practices and commitment to achieving, by the year 2020, its Perfect Vision plan for a completely sustainable business. Len Pilon, Director of Workplace Strategies and Facilities, accepted the award at the CoreNet Global Summit in Philadephia on Tuesday, April 25.

The award was presented by the International Interior Design Association and the American Institute of Architects' Committees on the Environment and Interior Architecture in partnership with CoreNet Global.

Herman Miller was cited for its leadership in the category of Private Sector companies with under $5 billion in annual sales. Specifically, the company was honored for a comprehensive approach to sustainability in design, construction, and corporate culture. The company also was heralded for serving as a teacher and information source on sustainable design and practices both for those inside and outside of the industry.

Sustainable Leadership Awards also were given to Texas Instruments in the Private Sector multinational category and to HOK in the Design (architecture, interior architecture) category.

The awards, now in their third year, recognize sustainable design leadership as expressed through advocacy, mentoring, and projects that reflect consistent commitment to the principles of sustainability in professional practice.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., Named to Diversity Inc Magazine Top Ten List

Herman Miller's strong program in supplier diversity has drawn recognition from Diversity Inc magazine. The company was named one of the Top 10 Corporations for Supplier Diversity, joining other recognized corporations such as Sempra Energy, AT&T, J.P. Morgan Chase and Hewlett-Packard.

Diversity Inc also hailed Herman Miller in a separate listing of 25 Noteworthy Companies, which measures a company's overall diversity record in four key areas--CEO commitment, human capital, corporate communications and supplier diversity. Herman Miller is the only company in its industry to appear on any of the Diversity Inc lists.

"Our commitment to building an inclusive corporate community is a long and continuing journey that began with our founder, D.J. De Pree. D.J. recognized every person had unique gifts and talents and established a culture that values and encourages bringing the whole person to the workplace," noted Michael Ramirez, Director of Inclusiveness and Corporate Diversity at Herman Miller. "The recognition from Diversity Inc validates that commitment and demonstrates we continue to make strides. Herman Miller is a place where each person can be exceptional. It also shows that a strong commitment to inclusiveness and diversity is both good for people and good for business."

Diversity Inc is a monthly business magazine published by DiversityInc Media LLC, a privately owned company with no outside investors. It has published a Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, along with specialty lists like the Top 10 for Supplier Diversity and 25 Noteworthy Companies, for the past six years. This year, more than 250 companies competed for recognition. The Top 50 list appears in the June issue of Diversity Inc magazine.

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. Herman Miller is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2006, the company was once again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ken Kramer Joins bfi NYC

bfi New York is proud to announce the appointment of Ken Kramer as Account Manager in New York. Ken was the Owner and Principal of Pride Office Furniture in Rockland County, New York a Teknion Distribution Partner.

With over 25 years of solid business experience, sales, operations and project management with a demonstrated capacity to identify client needs and formulate tailored solutions, he is a welcome addition to the bfi New York Sales Team.

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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 http://www.bfionline.com.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Mike Sivilich Joins bfi Princeton Sales Team

bfi is pleased to announce that Mike Sivilich has joined the bfi Princeton sales team. Mike joins us from Tanner School Furniture where he was a state contract specialist/space planning consultant for the past two and a half years. Before joining Tanner, Mike was a top sales performer with GOE and DS&D. Mike will be focusing on State Contract sales, sales to educational institutions and commercial sales.

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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 http://www.bfionline.com.

Friday, March 24, 2006

bfi chosen exclusive dealer of JOLT Lighting in NY/NJ area

bfi is proud to announce it is now the exclusive dealer for JOLT Lighting in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. JOLT has been in business since 1992 serving the office furniture industry. JOLT is the only US manufacturer focused solely on flexible lighting solutions for desks and workstations.
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Visit one of our dealer showrooms for a demo of these amazingly cool JOLT lights. You absolutely must "see the light" to believe how great they really are! Contact your bfi sales representative or contact us today.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Herman Miller, Inc., Retains Top Spot in Fortune's 'Most Admired'

Herman Miller is ranked once again as the "Most Admired" company in its industry in Fortune magazine's annual survey broadly measuring the reputation of America's corporations.

The results, published in Fortune's March 6, 2006, edition, rate Herman Miller as the most admired firm in the furniture industry for the 18th time in the last 20 years. The publication ranked Herman Miller first among all companies in its industry in four of the eight key attributes of reputation -- innovation, employee talent, social responsibility and quality of products/services.

"The Fortune ranking recognizes the lively talent that we have throughout our corporate community, as well as our spirit of innovation and commitment to enduring quality and problem-solving design," said Brian C. Walker, President and CEO of Herman Miller. "We aim to differentiate ourselves from the competition, and it's terrific to see the results of that effort show up so clearly again this year."

The magazine characterizes the annual listing as "the definitive report card on corporate reputations." To compile the Most Admired list, Fortune enlisted the help of Hay Group, which sorted the Fortune 1,000 and the top foreign companies operating in the U.S. into 65 industry lists, each containing the 10 largest companies. Hay then surveyed executives, directors, and analysts, asking them to rate companies in their own industry according to eight criteria: innovation, employee talent, financial soundness, quality of management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility; long-term investment, and quality of products/services. To create the top 20 list, Hay Group asked the 10,000 respondents to the industry survey to select the 10 companies they admired most, regardless of category. These were chosen from a list of the companies that ranked among the top 25% in last year's survey, in addition to those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. A total of 611 companies in 70 industries were surveyed.

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. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR.

Herman Miller to mark the 50th anniversary of the Eames chair and ottoman, collector’s editions will be sold beginning in May.

Herman Miller Eames chair and ottoman

Few items of furniture are as instantly recognizable as the Eames chair and ottoman, perhaps the only chair to make its debut on live television.

Now, 50 years after it was introduced on “The Today Show,” Charles and Ray Eames’ leather-and-rosewood lounge is being reissued in a limited collector’s edition.

For a $6,500 donation at EamesFoundation.org, mid-century modern aficionados can buy the molded plywood chair in Santos Palisander, a sustainable rosewood. Originally, most Eames chairs were made of endangered rosewood Rio Palisander; manufacturer Herman Miller discontinued its use and switched to walnut and cherry.

The new chair set will be available at retail for around $4,000 starting in May.

Money raised from the collector’s edition will help maintain the Eames house museum in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The Eameses (he died in 1978, she in 1988) were among the most influential architect/designers of the mid-20th century as advocates for the then-unprecedented idea that low-cost, high-quality modern design could be appreciated by the American masses.

The Eames chair immediately found its way into the homes and corner offices of millions of striving Americans and, eventually, the Seattle living room of NBC’s “Frasier” and the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

The Legendary Eames Lounge and Ottoman Marks Golden Anniversary

One of Herman Miller's signature designs -- the Eames Lounge and Ottoman -- is marking its golden anniversary in 2006 with a classic celebration.

"It's a great opportunity to commemorate the enduring appeal of this timeless design and its half-century of continuous production," said Marg Mojzak, Director of Herman Miller for the Home.

Anniversary Exhibition and Book Developed by Grand Rapids Art Museum
The chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, will be the focus of a traveling exhibition that opens in May at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York and moves in October to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Next year it visits The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

The exhibition, entitled The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design, is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and made possible by Herman Miller, Inc. It features an early production chair and ottoman that was used by Herman Miller's founder D.J. De Pree in his Zeeland, Michigan, home. It also will include an "exploded" 6-foot sculpture of the chair that shows each component of the design suspended -- from its molded plywood and rubber shock mounts to black leather cushions.

The museum exhibition, rare for a single piece of furniture, also will boast a 200-page hardcover book co-published by Merrell Press in London and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The exhibition catalogue will include both vintage and contemporary photography and tributes to the Eames Lounge and Ottoman from six essayists.

Special media pieces supporting the exhibition include a short original film focused on current production of the chair by Eames Demetrios, the grandson of the Eameses. That segment will complement archival footage of the chair's high-profile introduction in 1956 on the set of NBC studios in New York. On the live program called The Home Show, Arlene Francis interviewed Charles and Ray Eames about their dramatically different approach to lounge seating

Golden Anniversary Celebration Includes Santos Palisander Edition

The 50th anniversary year is also the occasion for the introduction of a striking and richly grained veneer called Santos Palisander, a sustainably sourced tropical wood from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests.

The original Eames Lounge and Ottoman was produced with a lustrous rosewood veneer on the molded plywood shell, but Herman Miller shifted to cherry and walnut veneers in 1991 due to environmental concerns surrounding the harvesting of certain tropical woods in rainforests.

From January though April, the Santos Palisander version of the chair can be ordered only through the Eames Foundation, based in Southern California. The foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames, and to preserve the Case Study House #8 in Pacific Palisades, CA, designed by the Eameses in the late 1940s.

The Eames Foundation edition of the Eames Lounge and Ottoman will be upholstered in an exclusive black leather from Edelman Leather and will be made available for a contribution of $6,500 (with $3,250 tax deductible) to the Foundation. Donors will receive the Santos Palisander edition numbered and marked with a medallion in observance of the 50th anniversary. They also will receive a one-year foundation membership, a DVD of the Eames Demetrios film on the production of the chair, and a copy of the museum exhibition book signed by Eames family members.

"Herman Miller has benefited from its long partnership with Charles and Ray Eames," said Brian Walker, Herman Miller's President and CEO. "It's an honor to make available this special edition of the Eames' best-known design to provide important financial support for the work of the Eames Foundation."

The Santos Palisander veneer will be available at a retail price of $3,995 through Herman Miller for the Home's channel of retailers and e-tailers beginning in May. Throughout the anniversary year, all Eames Lounge chairs -- no matter the veneer -- will be marked with the special medallion. The Eames Lounge and Ottoman also is available through Herman Miller's contract dealers, and they will begin selling the Santos Palisander veneer in May, as well.

Herman Miller Preserves 'Integrity of the Original Design'

"Through the decades, the chair has defined comfort and elegance," said Eames Demetrios, who oversees the Eames Office. "Charles and Ray would be very pleased to see that their handiwork continues to provide so much pleasure for people. And they would celebrate the fact that 50 years later Herman Miller is continuing to invest in the Eames Lounge and Ottoman to preserve the integrity of the original design and safeguard its future."

Added Herman Miller for the Home's Mojzak: "We have many wonderful and classic designs at Herman Miller for the Home, but for many people the Eames Lounge and Ottoman is arguably the most recognized and coveted. We're thrilled to celebrate 50 years of enduring style and beauty -- and we expect that it will only grow in popularity during the next half century."

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 for both 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.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Herman Miller furniture helps spiff up Detriot airport for Super Bowl visitors

The Detriot News today posted a good article today on how Detriot's airport Smith Terminal got a new look thanks to the Super Bowl. What's interesting to note is that every seat was replaced around the ticket counters and in all of the gate areas, a total of 1,700 at a price of $1.2 million. The charcoal gray seats were purchased from Herman Miller, the western Michigan office furniture manufacturer. You can read the article here.