Locale is an intelligent office furniture system that previewed at NeoCon 2013 as part of Herman Miller’s Living Office™.
Locale enables the creation of dynamic, high-performance work neighborhoods within open-plan environments. In combination and proximity, a composition of Locale elements encourages the free and intuitive shift from individual work to collaborative and social activities, and drives serendipitous interaction.
The subtle curvature of Locale’s surfaces signals openness, invites interaction, and is designed to generously accommodate multiple collaborators, work styles, and tools. People move and change positions naturally because of the centralized structure and cantilevered surfaces.
With the addition of height adjustability, a push of a paddle allows an individual to sit down for focused work or stand up to collaborate with colleagues.
Adjustability is not limited to surface height—mobile tables, screens, and easels can be utilized as the need arises.
By easing physical and experiential transitions, Locale’s consistent and thoughtful design vocabulary contributes to a more seamless total experience of work.
“We often talk about how social networks behave given current technology, where close relationships are not based on physical proximity, but instead on similarity of purpose or interest. You might make an alliance in a social network with someone who is very far away but very close to you in other ways. They are great spatial condensers in this respect. Locale is a physical manifestation of this principle, where the most relevant participants are kept close and communication is fast and frequent.” Kim Colin
“One could argue that collaboration is a buzzword right now, that somehow it might go away, but we think this is unimaginable. People are collaborating globally, empowered by digital networks, but the most ambitious businesses still need productive, collaborative physical environments. The offices we visited during our research—places where people want to work—are open-plan, transparent, and energetic.” Sam Hecht
Good Design Award, Australia, 2015
Best of the Best, Büro Magazine, Germany, 2015
IDEA Gold Award, USA, 2014
Metropolis Award, USA, 2014
HIP Award, Chicago, 2014
Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Chicago, 2013
Formwork accessories are designed to help bring some order to papers, tools, and artefacts in any domain. Each containers is made from ABS plastic with a non-slip Silicone base and range from Pencil Cups to Trays, Boxes, and Media Stands. They can be arranged horizontally and vertically, with each container being multi-dimensional in where they can be placed and what they can contain. The project is an affirmation that the things that surround us are now a mixture of the analogue and digital, and that the true nature of what serves us on a daily basis is far more varied than we might have imagined. A pencil cup may contain pens and scissors but also inevitably USB sticks, rubber bands, brushes, and keys. Formwork acknowledges this, with a cantilever that extends out, so that the small things are visible and accessible.
The sizes also relate to dimensions of commonly found items. For instance a cup shares the same diameter as a roll of masking tape. With forms that are pluralistic, stackable and made well, Formworks range of use becomes far broader than in the office, making it as open as possible.
ICON Design of the Year, nomination 2013
IF Gold Award, 2014
Guild, British Council, Cape Town, 2014
GREAT, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul 2014
Design Trienniel, Cooper Hewitt, 2015
Wireframe Sofa Group
Herman Miller, USA
Wireframe is a thoughtful and contemporary addition to Herman Millers recently relaunched ‘Collection’ series of furniture. It uses a structure made from metal wire to hold its soft and contoured cushions. Wired frames have a long heritage at Herman Miller, because they have the ability to create large structures that are light to move and strong in all directions. A versatile sofa was to be created, that is soft in appearance and where cushions were held in place by its structure. The wired frame allows it to be half the weight of a typical sofa, making movement, transportation and adjustment simple and relevant to today’s transient lives. It also means a smaller and less wasteful package to arrive to the customer.
There is a separation of upholstery and structure, allowing for easy maintenance that continues the legacy of lifetime repair and care that Herman Miller has pioneered. During the development of the project Industrial Facility had the opportunity to employ in the sofa structure a suspension technology called the ‘super-seat’, where a stretched molding creates a trampoline effect. It was previously used in the Nala Harmonic Tilt medical chair. The technology provides Wireframe with specific comfort, softness and support across its length.
Wireframe is available in one, two and three seater versions.
Structure: White Flat or Black Flat
Cushions: Kvadrat Steelcut Trio; Kvadrat Remix; Black Leather; Brown Leather; and all Herman Miller Fabrics
Design Guild Award, 2014
Enchord Table and Storage
Herman Miller, USA
The Enchord Table for Herman Miller was designed to combine the needs of home life with working. The table has two tabletops - primary and secondary surfaces, one beneath the other. The gap between them is used to store laptops, papers, other equipment and also a mass of cords and cabling. The lower surface helps keep the top surface clutter free, supporting peripherals and extending beyond the top surface by 12 inches on either side, forming a side or centered table. This simple yet seemingly obvious solution allows the table to be used for a range of tasks. It also mixes up the materials of the home and office, combining oak with steel and die-cast aluminium.
GQ Design of 2009
Some Recent Projects, Design Museum London, 2008
Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011