Monday, June 28, 2010

Herman Miller Awarded Multiple IDEA Gold, Silver, and Bronze for its Ardea® and Twist™ lights

The Ardea light has earned both Gold and Silver honors from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), while the Twist LED task light earned dual Bronze awards. The products and their respective awards across multiple categories secured a place for Herman Miller among the top corporate winners for 2010 and also for the past five years, with 8 awards in total during the period.

2010 marks the 30th year of the annual design competition, which recognizes design excellence in products, ecodesign, research, strategy, packaging, interactive design, and concepts. The IDEA awards are sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America and held in collaboration with the Henry Ford Museum and media sponsor Fast Company Magazine. Herman Miller’s Ardea and Twist lights were selected among 1900 product entries from 29 countries. 

Designed by Yves Behar and fuseproject, Ardea took top honors in the Ecodesign and Home Living categories. Its elegant design, inspired by the long, slender, and flexible necks of great herons, is also highly functional: Users can infinitely direct illumination. Juror Mieko Kusano of Sonos, Inc., summarizes Ardea’s impression on jurors: “Organic form inspired by nature and design to have minimal impact on nature through high efficiency lighting and green design.” 

Also designed by fuseproject, the Twist LED task light won recognition both in the Ecodesign and Office & Productivity categories. The Twist LED light consumes up to half the energy of other undershelf lights, while its energy-efficient, eco-friendly design is matched by its simple aesthetics and easy-to-control illumination.

Both lights are part of Herman Miller’s Thrive Portfolio, its collection of research-based, ergonomic products.

A complete listing of 2010 IDEA winners is available on media sponsor Fast Company’s web site.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Herman Miller Heatlhcare Compass System

CHICAGO (June 14, 2010) - Herman Miller Healthcare, a division of Herman Miller, Inc. launched its new Compass System and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Herman Miller and Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy headquartered in Boston.

The Compass System is the culmination of a more than two-year process gathering observations from more than 550 individuals – from nurse managers to hospital administrators – to identify the four primary needs of the dynamic healthcare environment. Offering a new approach to furnishing for healthcare interiors, Compass includes structural, surface and storage components to provide unexpected levels of flexibility while also reducing costs. The system was designed to not only meet but exceed the functional and aesthetic requirements of healthcare interiors. As a valuable and needed solution for a variety of healthcare spaces, especially acute care and outpatient facilities, it is an essential component to creating a welcoming aesthetic within a patient room.

Contact your a local bfi representative for more information on the Herman Miller Compass System.

Humanscale Introduces Element 790 LED Task Light

NEW YORK, June 4, 2010 — Humanscale's Element 790, an upgraded version of its groundbreaking Element LED task light, a features adjustable illumination and an expanded color palette. Element 790 gets its name from its incredibly efficient light output. Thanks to MCX LED Technology—the same technology utilized by the original Element light, the most award-winning task light of 2009/10—Element 790 consumes just seven watts of power while producing light output equivalent to 90 watts of incandescent lighting. It overcomes all the weaknesses of traditional LED task lights—poor, bluish-colored illumination, oddly shaped light footprints, and distracting shadows on the work surface—to produce a large footprint of comfortable, white 3500K illumination.

With an intuitive dimmer control located on top of the light assembly, Element 790 provides 10 different levels of adjustable light output, which saves energy by allowing the user to customize light intensity according to personal preferences and task requirements. In addition, Element 790 offers an expanded color palette to complement a wider range of interiors: White, Silver, Metallic Red, and Black.

Like the Element light, Element 790’s unique aesthetic is born from its heat-shedding design. A series of metal fins keeps the unit cool to optimize performance and extend the life of the LED, which is rated for 60,000 hours. Easy replacement of the LED assembly also ensures a long usable life, unlike most LED task lights, which often cannot be repaired and must be replaced in their entirety when the LEDs fail.

Designed for superior sustainability, Element 790 is constructed primarily of eco-friendly aluminum, contains up to 81% recycled and 99% recyclable content, and ships in 70% recycled packaging. It can also be integral to the achievement of a number of valuable LEED credits.

For global purchasing flexibility, a single Element 790 SKU can be used around the globe. This is accomplished through an interchangeable plug for electrical outlet compatibility most anywhere in the world, regardless of voltage. For added versatility, it is offered with 19 different mounts, including a series of panel mounts for systems furniture.

Additional features of Element 790 include perfect internal counterbalance for fingertip adjustability and effortless positioning without the friction knobs or rigid joints found on most other adjustable task lights. This encourages users to direct light exactly where it’s needed and away from reflective surfaces.

For more information about the new Humanscale Element 790 LED Task Light, contact a bfi representative.

Humanscale Nets Three Major Awards at NeoCon 2010

NEW YORK, June 17, 2010 — Humanscale has earned three major awards at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2010—the largest exhibition of contract furnishings in North America—including two Best of NeoCon awards, and a Buildings Innovations Grand Prize. Humanscale’s Humanair Personal Zone Air Purifier, the world’s first air purifier to harness Clean Air Zone technology, picked up a Gold Best of NeoCon award in the Office Accessories category, while the Element Vision task light, representing the latest advancements in LED technology, was awarded Best of NeoCon Silver in the Lighting category. The Paramount multiple monitor display, meanwhile, earned the Buildings Innovations Grand Prize in the Workplace Flexibility Solutions category. In addition, the M8 monitor arm, and Element Vision and Horizon LED task lights earned Citations of Excellence in the Buildings Innovations competitions.

The Humanair Personal Zone Air Purifier is the world’s first device that purifies air on a personal level, enveloping the user in a bubble of ultra-clean air while offering silent, breeze-free, and ozone-free operation. Featuring incredible air-purifying performance that removes more than 99% of airborne toxins, allergens, bacteria, viruses and more, Humanair does what no other air purifier can do—it surrounds the user with pure air. And consuming just 22 watts of power, Humanair is the world’s most energy-efficient air purifier, exceeding Energy Star requirements by 200%.

The latest in the Element series of high-performance LED task lights, Element Vision features improved MCX LED technology, a warmer color temperature, higher CRI, dimmer control, and a passive infrared (PIR) occupancy sensor. This sensor is attuned to humans’ unique heat footprint, so only a person can activate the light to turn back on. Plus, the light’s intuitive dimmer switch allows users to customize light intensity. In addition to effortless positioning and adjustable light output, Element Vision offers a universal ballast and plug options to accommodate most electrical outlets worldwide, allowing global companies to specify a single SKU.

Paramount is the most user-friendly multi-monitor support ever designed. It accommodates up to eight monitors in virtually any configuration, while offering tool-free reconfigurations and ultimate ease-of-use. Thanks to ingenious design, Paramount installs in less than 5 minutes and reconfigures in a snap. No extra parts or tools are required—everything is integrated into the basic unit, including the second-row crossbar. Paramount supports virtually any flat-panel monitor on the market today: each crossbar can hold up to four 24” monitors or three 30” monitors.

New Bretford Products

Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. debuted a new RHOMBII lectern at this year's NeoCon show in Chicago this week. Designed to support a 40-inch flat panel, the new RHOMBII lectern allows for the display of logos and graphics to engage, add interest and help students, professionals and other audiences retain the information being delivered. Ideal for lecture halls, auditoriums, conference rooms or anywhere that someone might speak to a group, the lectern can be used in combination with Bretford’s line of RHOMBII reconfigurable training tables or Bretford’s array of training, meeting and conference solutions. Also available with a solid wood panel on the front, the new RHOMBII lectern will be available in the second half of 2010.

The Juice Power System is a simple tool created to help facilities increase connectivity, reduce installation costs and protect valuable technology equipment. It allows up to four tables and eight computer stations to be powered from a single outlet without the expense of hardwiring or the clutter of individual power strips. It features a “tool-less” installation that doesn’t require an electrician or a building modification, so it can be incorporated into a facility for less than half the cost of most hardwired components. The system will be available for order in the second half of July 2010 at a list price that averages $150 per table.

To achieve more legroom, the outer pedestal bases of Bretford’s elegant and high tech Tru Tables have been moved in. On all of the conference tables except for the eight-foot table, the distance from the edge is now 20 inches. On Bretford’s eight-foot table, the dimension is 15 inches from the edge.

The new Collections catalog is different from any other Bretford literature. Every photo shows a full environment with specifications about each of the different products for real-world examples of what can be achieved with a complete room of Bretford furniture. Applications include hallways, classrooms, training/meeting rooms, computer labs, residence halls, cafeterias, lobbies, consultation rooms, open meeting spaces and lounges within education, healthcare and business spaces. Each application includes a list of all the featured fabrics and finishes.

Herman Miller Garners Multiple Awards at NeoCon 2010

Herman Miller, Inc., is celebrating multiple honors this week at the NeoCon 2010 World's Trade Fair. The annual Best of NeoCon awards for product, juried by interior design and facility management professionals who reviewed 337 entries, recognized Herman Miller Healthcare's Compass system with a Gold award in the Healthcare Furniture category and Herman Miller's Flo monitor arm with a Silver award in the Technology Support category.

The Best of NeoCon awards, now in their 21st year, are sponsored and organized by the International Interior Design Association, the International Facility Management Association, Contract magazine, the McMorrow Report, and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

The new Herman Miller Healthcare showroom also was named Large Showroom Winner in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Showroom and Booth Design Competition. The award honors originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials, and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics.

In addition to product accolades, Herman Miller also received the "2010 Manufacturer of the Year Gold Award," presented by the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA). The industry association for independent U.S. and Canadian office furniture dealers annually surveys its membership for their opinions on industry manufacturers. The awards are then presented in conjunction with the NeoCon gathering. This is the fourth time in five years that Herman Miller has received the top prize among major manufacturers.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Asia TV USA, Ltd Secures bfi to furnish its New North American Headquarters at One Penn Plaza

Asia TV USA, Limited, the North American division of a global media conglomerate based in India, has leased 8,841 SF of space on the 35th floor at One Penn Plaza in Manhattan.

One Penn Plaza is the preeminent office tower in the Penn Plaza submarket. The 57-story office tower, designed by Kahn & Jacobs was built in 1972 and is owned and managed by Vornado Realty Trust.

bfi was introduced to Asia-TV as part of the alignment and business relationship with UGL-Equis in NYC. bfi provided office furniture products and co-coordinated and project managed the process as part of a new alignment with UGL-Equis. UGL Equis is a corporate real estate firm that focuses exclusively on the business space user. The company has more than 42,000 affiliated employees in 14 countries around the world through its parent company UGL

Asia TV USA was interested in locating a prestigious; high-visibility building that would accommodate future growth and expansion, in order to establish their North American headquarters. The client develops television programming and movie production for the South Asian community residing in the Americas.

The project was completed in April 2010.

bfi Furnishes Beauty Industry Leader's New Flagship New York City Office

Fusion Brands is a multi national Corporation that creates innovative beauty, cosmetics and fragrance products.

bfi provided a host of products and a co-coordinated and controlled  management process to meet critical deadline for Fusions’ new a flagship, NYC Office environment.

bfi was hired to solve a crisis management issue. Fusion had retained the services of a competitive dealership only to experience complete disappointment. The competitor was closing its doors due to insolvency after Fusion paid the other dealer a substantial deposit. bfi was retained to control time and cost issues, re-specify products and in essence problem solve a distribution issue what could have been disastrous and embarrassing for Fusion and the designer. We got the assignment immediately on track. Without our intervention managed carefully by Sharon Portnoy in the NYC Office, the client would not have been in the space, on time within acceptable budget parameters. We came in to rescue a bad situation, turned it around and delivered a first class result.

The project was completed in January 2010.

Kean University Chooses bfi

Kean University has selected bfi to provide school furniture for its newest facility, the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics (NJCSTM) building, located on Morris Avenue in Union, NJ. bfi will be providing classroom tables and seating, lab seating, banquet hall seating, glass walls for office fronts among other smaller projects.

Kean hired bfi for our expertise with product designed for the Higher Ed arena and our extensive offering of furniture products on New Jersey State Contract. Our terrific track record on large and small projects has helped bfi keep a strong relationship with Kean University. The job was installed and completed in May 2010.