Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Herman Miller Brands Capture Multiple Awards at NeoCon

Nemschoff and Geiger Recognized in Healthcare and Ergonomic/Task Seating Categories; Herman Miller receives OFDA Manufacturer of the Year Gold Award.

Herman Miller, Inc., is celebrating multiple honors this week at the NeoCon 2011 World's Trade Fair in Chicago, June 13-15. NeoCon is North America's largest exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the built environment. The annual gathering of design professionals, corporate end users, and furniture dealers recognized the company in three separate awards including Healthcare furniture.

The annual Best of NeoCon awards for product, juried by interior design and facility management professionals who reviewed almost 350 entries, acknowledged Nemschoff's Oasis Overbed table with the Gold award in the Healthcare Furniture Category, marking the second consecutive year Herman Miller Healthcare received Gold award in a Healthcare category.

Geiger also received a Silver award for their Sotto Executive Chair in the Ergonomic/Task Seating category. Designed by George Simons Jr., Sotto is suited for the management environment that appreciates a quiet design statement.

In addition to product accolades, Herman Miller also received the "2011 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 fifth time in six years that Herman Miller has received the top prize among major manufacturers.

The best of NeoCon awards, now in their 22nd 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.

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Herman Miller Wins Gold Award at Medical Design and Manufacturing East Expo

On June 8, 2011 Herman Miller received the Gold Award for Compass in the category of General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products at the Medical Design and Manufacturing East (MD&M East) exposition held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Receiving this award for a Hospital Product further differentiates the fact that Compass is just not yet another piece of furniture!

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Patient Rooms: A Changing Scene of Healing

Came across this interesting article on the Changing Scene of Healing

Change affects all areas of healthcare organizations, and none more so than the patient room. It is there that the issues faced by the major players in healing environments—administrator, caregiver, family member, and the patient – all come into sharp focus. And as hospitals continue to build new or renovate existing facilities, it is imperative that patient rooms be designed to adapt as well as enrich the healthcare environment for all involved in the continuum of care.
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Eames Aluminum Group Recognized with ICFF Editors’ Choice Award

Herman Miller’s Eames Aluminum Group received the Editor’s Choice Award for Best Outdoor Furniture at the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 15. The four-day event is considered one of the premiere showcases of contemporary and modern design in North America.

“Returning the Eames Aluminum Group to outdoor spaces is a celebration of our heritage that we're excited to share with customers,” said Herman Miller Director of Retail Marg Mojzak. “These new materials, finishes, and hand-crafted industrial workmanship offer beauty and functionality, with the durability and performance of timeless design. This award is proof we are delivering on that promise.” Sixteen awards were given to the 590 exhibitors and were selected by a panel of design editors that included Anniina Koivu of Abitare, Sam Grawe of Dwell, Annie Block of Interior Design, Nadia Lionello of Interni, Bénédicte Duhalde of Intramuros, and Paul J. Makovsky of Metropolis.

First introduced by Herman Miller in 1958, the Eames Aluminum Group was designed by Charles and Ray Eames, and originally promoted as the “leisure group” or “indooroutdoor group.” Though intended for outdoor use, it wasn’t long before the collection of iconic seating moved inside exclusively, perhaps due to its lithe form. Today, Herman Miller has returned the Aluminum Group to its original outdoor intent. The 53 year old design is in the permanent collections of numerous design museums worldwide.

Herman Miller’s SAYL Chair Receives IDA “Product Design of the Year”

The SAYL chair from Herman Miller, Inc. continues to garner critical praise, most recently “Product Design of the Year” from the 2010 International Design Awards (IDA) jury. IDA was established in 2007 as a way to recognize and celebrate smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design. This year there were more than 400 entries in the Professional Product Design category, with designers from more than 76 countries submitting their work for consideration.

SAYL is the first chair with a 3D Intelligent™ suspension back. This full-suspension back is literally frameless, offering no hard edges. Freed from a rigid exterior frame, the back suspends and supports much like the principles of a suspension bridge. This lets the chair adapt to a person’s unique shape and movements, giving proper support all the while.

Designed by Yves Béhar, founder of fuesproject, SAYL was inspired by his observations of the way the Golden Gate Bridge, near Béhar’s San Francisco home, carries tremendous loads. The SAYL chair is also unique for Behar’s Eco-Dematerialised™ approach, using sustainable materials in inventive ways andminimizing mass wherever possible to further reduce carbon footprint. The SAYL chair has achieved MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver, BIFMA level 2, and GREEN GUARD certifications.

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