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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Together they provide a wide selection of high-performance work chairs in price ranges that are right for any budget.
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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.