Friday, December 14, 2007

Do you need a cube makeover?

Is your office workstation boring? Bring it to life with a cubicle makeover. Wired.com posts an amusing article, Fantastic Fixes Help Your Sad, Pathetic Cubicle . The article is about the book, Cube Chic, by Kelley L. Moore, where she presents 22 whimsical workspace makeovers, from the Nap Cube to the Cubism Cube. There are several extreme makeover photos which unless you work for Google or Yahoo, I'm not sure your boss would appreciate. My favorite is the Nap Cube with the bed beneath the workstation.

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Herman Miller, Inc., Earns 2007 WasteWise Gold Achievement Award for Smart Packaging

Herman Miller has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2007 WasteWise Gold Achievement Award for its ongoing commitment to reduce transport packaging.

The company has reduced its cardboard and plastic packaging by more than 50 percent, a result of shipping many of its products in bulk, securely enclosed in reusable blankets.

"Finding smarter ways to ensure our products reach the customer intact is just one aspect of our environmental commitment," says Paul Murray, director of Environmental Health and Safety at Herman Miller. "We are committed both to integrity in our deliveries and reducing our environmental footprint."

This is Herman Miller's seventh WasteWise award since the program's introduction in 1994. The company also was recognized as Partner of the Year in 1999 and Program Champion in 2000 and 2001.

Gold Achievement Award recipients were announced at the annual WasteWise conference in Washington, D.C., on November 15, 2007.

Herman Miller's Leaf Chosen as a "Best Invention of 2007" by TIME Magazine

The Leaf Personal Light from Herman Miller, Inc., has been feted by TIME Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the 2007. The LED (light emitting diode) table-top light was noted for its energy efficiency and sleek design.

Leaf is a result of collaborative engineering and design development between Herman Miller and Yves Behar's San Francisco-based studio, fuseproject. Its 20 LEDs utilize 40 percent less energy than a 13-watt compact fluorescent bulb.

Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME, defines the selected products as the coolest stuff from the most innovative minds in the world. He adds, "When you're dealing with complex technology, you can't overestimate the importance of good, clean design."

The Best Inventions of the Year appear in the publication's November 12, 2007, issue.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Introducing Casbah by National

National Office Furniture's newest line of office furniture is called Casbah. The Casbah series includes desks, storage units, conference solutions, tables, filing and bookcases. Its unique details include recessed facade worksurface detail, three pull styles in two colors, arc modesty panels, tambour door, and pop-up grommet with the interlink system. Casbah will be available starting November 19th.

Friday, October 19, 2007

21st-Century Work Habitats

A new Research Summary by Herman Miller. 21st-Century Work Habitats
Technology gives people mobility so they can work anywhere. Collaboration and the innovation it can spur call for places where people can come together. Attracting skilled, talented people is critically important, but so is creating spaces that keep them engaged. Multiple generations--each with its own ideas about how to work--share the same workplace. As these and other realities shape 21st-century work habitats, the industry that designs them faces new challenges. For some perspective on how these challenges are being met, Herman Miller spoke with four Chicago-based designers from the architecture and design firm Gensler. In this wide-ranging discussion, they speak about what they're experiencing and what they foresee.

wp_21st-Century_Work_Habitats.pdf (43KB PDF)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

NeoCon East Photo Gallery

This years NeoCon East trade fair for interior design and facilities management was held in Baltimore, Maryland on October 17-18 2007. We've put together a collection of photos on Flickr where you can see, download and share photos with your clients, colleagues and friends. View our NeoCon photos on Flickr! and be sure to post comments on our Flickr pages.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Herman Miller offers chairs on 'Second Life', Goes after Knockoffs

Herman Miller has ventured into the realm of virtual community, bringing their "authorized" designs to Second Life in an attempt to address the issues of illegitimate knockoffs. See their press release.

Basically, for a limited time, Herman Miller is offering SL residents free trade-ins on any fake Aerons - or on some of its other iconic products - for an authentic SL Aeron. If you don't have a fake, you can buy an Aeron for a small price.

Residents who have been creating and selling Herman Miller knock-offs up, however, are getting a less friendly offer from the company:

"[W]e've contacted those parties and informed them of our trade dress protections, copyrights and trademarks they are infringing, asking politely but firmly that they cease and desist," says the firm's spokesman, "Some have complied, others have countered with proposed partnerships, and some have yet to respond."

It will be interesting to follow this intellectual property rights showdown in the real world and to see of other companies will follow suit.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Herman Miller, Inc., Again Featured Among Industry Leaders on Information Week 500

Herman Miller has been recognized by Information Week for the fifth consecutive year as one of the country's most technologically advanced companies in the manufacturing industry.

The company placed 10th among all manufacturers and received an overall ranking of 149th. It remains the highest ranking contract office furniture manufacturer.

The Information Week 500 was launched in 1988 to identify and honor the nation's most progressive users of information technology. Companies must earn at least $500 million in annual revenue to participate in the review process.

Candidates also are asked to complete a detailed application that examines key IT strategies. The responses are evaluated, weighted, and combined into a total score, serving as the basis for the ranking.

Additional details about the Information Week 500 may be viewed online

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Play the NeoCon Memory Game

Bored? Play the classic game of Concenntration, but with pictures from NeoCon. Just enter the word neocon2007 in the box that appears when the game loads. Click to play.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

NeoCon 2007 Flickr Gallery

This year's trade fair for interior design and facilities management was held in Chicago's Merchandise Mart from June 9 to June 11. We've put together a collection of photos on Flickr where you can see, download and share photos with your clients, colleagues and friends. View our NeoCon photos on Flickr! »

Monday, July 16, 2007

Sitting here … in my new Aeron

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes posts a follow up to his article on ZDnet's blog titled "Is the Aeron the best office chair?". We're not suprised by his conclusion. We know the Aeron chair is the best chair. If you work in the NJ area, contact us to buy one of these. We are an authorized Herman Miller dealer so the 12 year warranty will apply if you buy the Aeron chair from bfi.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Leaf Personal Light Named "Best of Consumer Products" by I.D. Magazine

herman miller leaf lightThe Leaf personal light from Herman Miller, Inc., has received the much-coveted I.D. magazine Annual Design Review "Best of Consumer Products" award. Over 400 entries were submitted to the competitive category, which highlights sustainability, innovation, and ease of use.

Introduced in 2006, Leaf is an LED (light emitting diode) table-top light--a result of collaborative engineering and design development between Herman Miller and Yves Behar's San Francisco-based studio, fuseproject.

Leaf's design encourages the human senses to become engaged by allowing the user to choose the intensity and color of light. Additionally, Leaf's LEDs consume less than eight to nine watts of power, carry a lifespan of over 60,000 hours at the full-power setting, and cut energy use by 40 percent compared to a 13-watt compact fluorescent bulb.

Jurors hailed Leaf as a technological breakthrough, noting its contribution to energy efficiency and sustainability.

"It looks beautiful," said juror Paul Priestman. "And any beautiful design that uses less energy is a good thing."

Approximately 2,000 entries were submitted to eight categories for the 53rd annual design competition. Award recipients are featured in the magazine's July/August 2007 issue.

Monday, June 18, 2007

What to consider for your "out of the office" office


If you're lucky enough to work outside a traditional office, congratulations! But now what? Choosing the most productive spot--cafe, library, bookstore, home--can be complicated. Find out more. Read this issue of Jugglezine.

Jugglezine is sponsored by Herman Miller, where great minds frequently ponder things like alternative workstyles.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Convia and C2 Sweep Best of NeoCon Workplace Technologies Category

Herman Miller swept the Workplace Technologies category of the Best of NeoCon competition on Monday, with Convia Programmable Infrastructure capturing Gold and the C2 personal climate control device winning the Silver award.

The awards were presented at the opening of the 2007 NeoCon World's Trade Fair at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, running June 11-13.

Discover NeoCon 2007 Convia is distributed by Chicago-based Convia/A Herman Miller Company, and C2 is part of The Be Collection, a new collection of accessories introduced at NeoCon.

Herman Miller marketing alliance partners Baker Manufacturing and Brandrud also won Gold awards at the Best of NeoCon competition. Baker's NEXT table series won in the Height-Adjustable Worksurfaces category, and Brandrud's Pause won Gold in Healthcare Seating.

The Office Furniture Dealers' Association also announced its annual awards at the opening of NeoCon, with Herman Miller winning in the key categories of products and technology.

Put an End to Workers' #1 Office Complaint

C2 Climate Control
If you work in an office building, it's probably happened to you, especially in the summer. The air conditioning kicks in and suddenly your workspace feels more like a meat locker than a place of business. Meanwhile, just a few feet away from you, someone else is complaining that's it's just "too hot in here". It turns out you're not shivering or sweating it out alone.

A survey by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) shows being too hot or too cold is the number one complaint in workplaces, beating even gripes about computers, workspace, noise and bathroom facilities. But now furniture company Herman Miller may have finally come up with an environmentally friendly answer to the problem that literally blows hot and cold.

It's called the C2. It weighs about a kilogram, it's the size of a kettle and it sells for around $300. It's a kind of desktop environmental regulator which Herman Miller claims can lower the temperature by about 13 degrees or raise it by 20-30 degrees within six inches of the machine. It's also said to use 90 percent less energy than an average space heater and is fully recyclable.

It can potentially solve the dilemma of the single worker who sits under a vent and always feels that draft, while everyone else is perfectly comfortable. "(Maybe) something like this could bring that person into the comfort zone," suggests the IFMA's Donald Young. "It's light, it's portable. I'm not aware of any devices quite like this one."

The product will be available in this summer. It's being introduced this week at NeoCon trade show. It's sure to be  - pardon the expression - a  hot seller!  If you live in the NJ area, you can order this unit from bfi at 908.355.3400 or visit http://www.bfionline.com.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Is the Aeron the best office chair?

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes posted an article on ZDnet's blog titled "Is the Aeron the best office chair?". We know that the Herman Miller Aeron chair is the best office furniture chair because we sell them and our entire office sits in them. One of the nice perks for working for an office furniture dealer is that you get to sit in the coolest office furniture.

But I was thinking perhaps you, our customers, can respond to Adrian's blog post and comment on your experience with sitting in your Aeron chair.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Herman Miller Introduces Be Collection


Herman Miller has recently launched the Be Collection — a group of office-oriented accessories to assist one to Be Comfortable, Be Organized, and Be Connected. Described as "essential ingredients for personalized comfort", Be Collection includes lamps (like Yves BĂ©har’s LED Leaf Light, above), space dividers, various desk organizational tools, monitor arms, keyboard trays, etc. The entire collection falls into Herman Miller's Design for the Environment protocol (DfE) for material selection and product design. You can read the entire Press Release.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Herman Miller Atlanta Center Earns LEED Gold

Herman Miller's newly opened Atlanta National Design Center has gained the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the Commercial Interiors (CI) category. The USGBC developed the LEED rating system to encourage the development of sustainable buildings and interiors.

Herman Miller's commitment to LEED certification has resulted in recognition for a dozen of the company's new and renovated facilities. The Atlanta showroom and corporate sales office is located in the century-old Puritan Mill complex on Atlanta's west side, at 916 Lowery Boulevard NW.

Krueck & Sexton Architects have provided design services for most of Herman Miller's LEED projects since 2000.

"Each project is unique," says Rico Cedro, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design for Krueck & Sexton Architects of Chicago. Herman Miller Atlanta Center Earns LEED Gold

"Herman Miller sets and regularly exceeds its own standards. As with each National Design Center, Atlanta embodies Herman Miller's corporate and design values of simplicity, functionality, sustainability, attention to detail, and the honest use of materials."

The 15,172-square-foot Atlanta facility is organized to take maximum advantage of natural light and views. The use of daylight and high-efficiency fixtures reduces lighting density power to 57 percent below LEED standards, with lighting controlled through local individual room and workstation controls, as well as daylight and occupancy sensors.

"You don't even need to turn on the lights throughout much of the space," said Cedro. He noted that more than 70 percent of the total equipment and appliance wattage is Energy Star rated, and all of the Atlanta National Design Center's electric power originates from Green-e sustainable sources.

The space was designed to allow customers, architects and designers to see and experience the array of choices offered by Herman Miller, including the company'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. "More than 15 percent of the Atlanta NDC's material value is recycled content, including a significant proportion contributed by Herman Miller and Geiger products. These steps underscore our commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship."

The Atlanta NDC has been open in its new location since February 2007. It is the fourth Herman Miller NDC in the U.S. to receive LEED certification. The Washington, D.C., NDC received Gold certification in August 2005, the Dallas NDC received Silver in March 2006, and the New York NDC received Gold certification in October 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 2007, the company was once again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and is among CRO magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Herman Miller Launches First Sustainability Report


The Journey toward Sustainability, Herman Miller's first corporate sustainability report, was launched April 27 on HermanMiller.com.

"This report demonstrates that we do what we say at Herman Miller," says Paul Murray, director of Environmental Health and Safety. "Our Perfect Vision plan has us on a course to making a 100% footprint reduction, which will help us become a sustainable company by 2020.

"And, every day, we're making progress toward that goal with the help of thousands of employees from around the world."

The report, which is based on their 2006 fiscal year and focuses primarily on their North American operations, also tracks their progress toward meeting key economic, social, and environmental objectives.

The full text of Herman Miller's sustainability report is available online at www.HermanMiller.com/environment.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sonare Technologies' introduces RoomTune


Sonare Technologies' introduces RoomTune, a portfolio of acoustical panels that improve the sound of a space by reducing the amount of "echo" in a room. RoomTune is a portfolio of wall hung multi-use acoustical products that reduce the distracting effect of excess sound energy in a space. The strategic placement of these products allows sound to be modified for your greater comfort. Click here to learn more about RoomTune.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Christine Conte joins bfi Parsippany as Healthcare Sales Specialist

bfi (Business Furniture, Inc.) is proud to announce the appointment of Christine Conte as a Healthcare Sales Specialist in the Parsippany Office. Christine will be responsible for bfi Parsippany sales to the medical community with an emphasis on Hospitals in the North Jersey marketplace. Christine comes to bfi after spending the past 17 years working and selling in the medical field. Christine Conte can be reached at 973-795-6428 or via email at cconte@bfifurniture.com.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The new Aeron work stool

The new and innovative Aeron work stool is now available for order.

areon work stool


A perfect complement to the Aeron family of seating, the work stool is already an award winner. It was on display in December at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, where it won the Attendees' Choice Award. The award is given to products that conference participants say offer the best opportunity to increase productivity and profitability while improving workplace health and safety.

Considering the work stool's heritage, the award is really not a surprise.

"Aeron helped redefine high performance and comfort in a work chair," says Judy Leese, Workplace Knowledge Consulting/Ergonomics. "Now the Aeron work stool is doing the same."

areon work stool



Performs like the work chair
"The work stool shares the ergonomic benefits of the Aeron work chair," Product Manager Maria de la Barrera says. "In fact, it's called a 'work stool' because it delivers the performance of a work chair. The stool is designed for comfortable and healthful day-long sitting - just at a higher surface."

Like the Aeron work chair, the work stool offers the pressure distribution and aeration of the Pellicle® suspension; the superior body support and balance of the Kinemat® tilt; and the active sacral support of PostureFit®.

And in typical Aeron fashion, the work stool features an important ergonomic innovation: the height-adjustable, full-circle Fine-Tune footring, which can be adjusted by the user while in a seated position.

"The Fine-Tune footring is easy and intuitive to operate," de la Barrera says, "which increases the likelihood that people will adjust it to the proper height and gain its ergonomic benefits."

When the footring is properly adjusted, sitters feel no pressure on the backs of their legs, ensuring that blood circulation is unimpeded and comfort is long term.

The Fine-Tune footring moves up and down with the seat pan, so when a sitter adjusts the seat height, the footring stays in the right position. The wide design of the Fine-Tune footring provides superior support, and its tread helps keep feet from slipping off.

The stool comes in two seat heights. Each is height adjustable to fit a broad range of user sizes. The low stool adjusts 24 1/2 to 29 inches (better for 36-inch-high work surfaces). The high stool adjusts 27 1/2 to 34 inches (better for 42-inch-high applications).

The work stool also incorporates other adjustment features of the work chair: tilt limiter, tilt tension, forward seat angle, and arm height and angle.

Broad application
Its array of ergonomic features makes the work stool ideal for a variety of applications, including office, hospitality, banking, manufacturing, science and health labs, education, and healthcare.

And since it bears a strong family resemblance to the Aeron work chair and has the same finish and Pellicle offering, environments that combine work chairs and stools now can have a consistent Aeron look for all their seating.

De la Barrera is expecting the work stool will be another big Aeron hit. "It's new, it's innovative, and it's very comfortable," she says. "It's exactly what many customers have been looking for in stools."

For more information on the new Herman Miller Aeron work stool or to place an order in the New York / New Jersey Metropolitan area, please contact your bfi sales representative or call one of our offices nearest you.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Herman Miller, Inc., Tops Industry in FORTUNE's 'Most Admired'

Editors Note: It's good to know that our top manufacturer that we represent is top in its class!

For the 19th time in the past 21 years, Herman Miller is ranked as the "Most Admired" company in its industry in FORTUNE magazine's annual survey broadly measuring the reputation of America's corporations. The company also placed in the Top Ten among all firms surveyed in the category of Innovation.

The results, to be published in FORTUNE's March 19, 2007, issue, rate Herman Miller first among all companies in its industry in four of the survey's eight key attributes of reputation--Innovation, People management, Social responsibility, and Quality of products/services.

Herman Miller is the only Michigan-based company to place No. 1 among the magazine's distinct industry listings.

"It's great that FORTUNE recognizes our efforts to build a creative culture at Herman Miller--and to be voted first in our industry in innovation is especially meaningful," said Brian C. Walker, Herman Miller's President and CEO. "The people of Herman Miller have earned this recognition with their commitment to excellence--and their drive to enrich the lives and businesses of our customers."

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 distinct industry lists, each containing the ten largest companies. A total of 616 companies in 68 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 $1.7 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 2007, the company was once again cited by CRO magazine in its annual listing of "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Leaf Light Wins Two CES Awards

Herman Miller Leaf lightThe Herman Miller, Inc., Leaf personal light has been lauded by the Consumer Electronics Association as a 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Honoree for Eco-Design, a new category for 2007. The Best of Innovations awards are given to the most highly regarded products in over 30 categories.

With a lifespan of over 60,000 hours at full-power, the Leaf light cuts energy by 40% and consumes less than 9W of power when compared to a 13W fluorescent bulb. Its lower blade rotates and pivots forward and back while its upper blade pivots and folds. Control both intensity and color with two LED driver circuits which remember your last settings.

Designed by Yves Behar and Herman Miller, the Leaf is available in red, white, nickel, or black for $525.00 and polished aluminum for $545.00. Contact us if you're in the NJ / NY area and are interested in purchasing the Leaf light.