Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beyond the Open Office: A New Kind of Workspace

We read a lot these days about the Open Office. This new way of working is ushering in a slew of new products and solutions to meet or find some alone time in the office. Take a look at this photo gallery we found on We work in some pretty exciting times if you ask me.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tour the New Offices of Hulu, WeWork, LinkedIn, and Adobe

Photos of WeWork HQ by Lauren Kallen and Chris Stark via Officelovin'

Tech companies are often mocked for building offices that double as glorified playgrounds for their adult employees, with the requisite nap rooms, pinball machines, and plastic slides. However, four of the most recent office designs —for HuluAdobeLinkedIn, and WeWork—show a more restrained approach to workplace style. In each of the new offices, statement light fixtures are more common than toys. 

1. WeWork
↑ WeWork
Location: Berkeley, California
Square Footage: 45,000 square feet spread across six floors (once completed)
Features: Desks for 600, a "hippie lounge," brightly patterned accent chairs, and bold graphic wall art of bears and Queen Elizabeth 

2. Adobe
adobe-london-office-2.jpgPhotos of Adobe HQ by K2 Space via Office Lovin'
↑ Adobe
Architects: K2 Space
Location: London, UK
Square Footage: 9,000
Features: Stone-clad walls, distressed carpet, frosted glass walls with square graphics reminiscent of Adobe products

3. Hulu
hulu-santa-monica-office-3.jpgPhotos of Hulu HQ by Gensler via Office Snapshots'
↑ Hulu
Architects: Gensler
Location: Santa Monica, California
Square Footage: 95,000
Features: Open plan layout, exposed HVAC, walls of photography, Simpsons figurines, tiled game room with video arcade terminals

4. LinkedIn
linkedin-sunnyvale-office-15.jpgPhotos of LinkedIn HQ by John Sutton via Office Snapshots
↑ LinkedIn
Architects: AP+I Design 
Location: Sunnyvale, California
Square Footage: 575,000 
Features: Fitness center, gourmet restaurant, break spaces with Eames rocking chairs, and game room with ping pong table

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Current and Future Workplace Design Trends

The office environment is undergoing the most dramatic change since the introduction of the cubicle. The biggest change what is being called "Activity Based Working" or "Living Office" as Herman Miller calls it. Visit our Office Trends page to learn what these trends are and let us know how we can help your office adapt to this new way of working.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Shrinking of Personal Space at Work

Forget standing desks—some companies are doing away with assigned workstations entirely.

First they came for the offices, replacing four-walls-and-a-door situations with desks in cubicles, even for workers of considerable stature.

Now they’re coming for the desks themselves.

On both sides of the Atlantic, big companies are moving toward more flexible setups that do away with assigned workstations. The financial motivation to make the most of premium office space is primary. But another big driver now, and going forward, is mobility.

Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Sit Well and Do More

It is well accepted that sitting properly in a good ergonomic chair that aligns your body with your workspace and the technology you use every day can significantly improve the way you work and feel. Sitting in a chair that encourages movement is good for you, too, because you weren’t made to sit still.

When you’re seated comfortably – and not still, hot or sore – it’s also easier to focus. In addition, when your chair encourages your blood to circulate freely in your body, more oxygen can get to your brain, ultimately raising your level of concentration.

Herman Miller’s passion for how a user’s chair performs has guided the company in its development of an entire portfolio of office chairs, each designed with the individual in mind. Here are four of them.

#1 Aeron Chair, designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick

The Aeron chair can best be described as ‘the King of office chairs’ – it’s been voted one of the best 12 designs of the last 100 years by CNN, and has a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

The chair’s iconic form reflects a revolutionary approach to comfort and ergonomics where foam and fabric are replaced with Pellicle®, a breathable, form-fitting material that allows for aeration and customised support. In addition, the PostureFit® option provides adjustable sacral support to promote optimal posture for people of all sizes doing all kinds of activities, all day long.

Aeron is 94 per cent recyclable.

#2 Embody Chair, designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf

Embody is an agile chair that keeps not just your body but also your brain limber all day. This is because it encourages movement, and movement is known to promote blood and oxygen flow, which keeps the brain more focused and functional. As such, Embody is specially designed for people who work long hours at the computer.

In fact, the multi-award winning Embody chair is the first health-positive chair, so advanced it actually lowers your heart rate and reduces stress.

The Embody chair is 95 per cent recyclable and manufactured using 42 per cent recyclable materials.

#3 Mirra 2 Chair, designed by Studio 7.5

Mirra 2 has been designed to support people who are in a constant state of motion when they work. The chair moves with, and at one with you – when you sit, the seat and back adapt to you instantly. Of particular note is the chair’s distinct Butterfly Back, which boasts an exceptional responsiveness and intuitive feel. This is the result of an inventive method of merging a fabric layer with polymer veins, which creates an intelligent support structure that keeps your back in healthy alignment. In addition, Mirra 2’s reengineered TriFlex back maximises the strength and flexibility inherent in its polymer material to provide dynamic support.

PostureFit sacral support has also been incorporated into both Mirra 2 back options to support you at the sacrum (base of the back).

Mirra 2 is 93 per cent recyclable.

#4 SAYL Chair, designed by Yves Béhar

Yves Béhar has designed a highly affordable chair that incorporates everything that Herman Miller is known for – beautiful design, first-class ergonomics, elegant engineering and respect for the environment. The chair is notably inspired by the engineering principles of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate suspension bridge. Support is molded directly into a 3D Intelligent back material. The suspension material stretches from the Y-Tower at the back of the chair just as cables are stretched from the towers of a suspension bridge. The tension is greater in the transition areas, from the thoracic to the lumbar areas and between the lumbar area and the sacrum. ‘Hinge points’ allow these areas to flex and support the healthy, forward rotation of the pelvis. At the same time, less tension in the other parts of the back encourages a full range of seated movement.

The SAYL chair is 93 per cent recyclable and contains no PVC.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Here's why 'refuge rooms' are the new office trend

The current trend amongst companies is to downsize. The New York Times reported in a recent article that the average amount of space per office employee in North America decreased from 225 square feet in 2010 to 176 in 2012, according to CoreNet Global, a commercial real estate association. While smaller space means fewer expenses for a company, it also inevitably takes a toll on productivity — small spaces increase the chance of distraction, and distractions can be costly. To help combat increased noise and other distractions, the design team at Knoll implemented several "refuge rooms," which serve to offer workers a quiet space to retrieve to when necessary.

Read more on Business Insider