Herman Miller Public

The way people are working is changing dramatically, but the office furniture is not. People want to collaborate easily; instead they are faced with friction everywhere around them. COLLABORATION is the new normal, and TECHNOLOGY is pervasive and ever–changing. We wanted to design a system that catches our space up to how we really wanted to work.

The way we work has changed. The traditional office paradigm of cubicles and conference rooms doesn’t foster the broad range of work styles and task-based needs that people seek. So when Herman Miller asked us to take a look at a furniture solution for better group collaboration, we dug right in.

We conducted primary research with a broad range of organizations to better understand what workers, facilities managers and leaders are seeking in their office environment. This work along with a deep dive into the competitive landscape and the latest in workplace research led us to prioritize three key goals: 1. We need to foster collaboration not just in group spaces, but everywhere. 2. Good work environments require a variety of different work spaces in close proximity to workers desks. 3. We need to enable greater flexibility over time, to adapt to changing needs.

The resulting strategic framework provided clear, actionable guidance for design, and a unique and differentiated philosophy that is poised to stand out in the marketplace at launch Q1 2014.

In theory, we could all be working from home, but the reason why people go to the office is to collaborate with other. Public breaks the trend of static furniture and evolves with your work. The Solution is the PUBLIC system based on 3 beliefs, all attempting to reach the ideal state of FLOW in an office: VARIETY IN PROXIMITY: We believe having a variety of workspaces is not a luxury—it’s essential to productivity and engagement. COLLABORATIVE DENSITY: We believe collaboration doesn’t just happen in conference rooms—it happens everywhere. EVOLUTIONARY DESIGN: We believe that workplaces are like businesses—they must continually change and adapt if they are to thrive.