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Herman Miller To Acquire Design Within Reach

7.21.14 | Herman Miller’s just-announced agreement to acquire retailer Design Within Reach awaits further developments and explanations, some of which will come on July 31st when Herman Miller will hold a conference call with financial analysts regarding the acquisition. At that time, the company will “share more of the strategic context for this announcement and Herman Miller’s overarching strategy and goals for the coming three years”…but we’d rather speculate than wait.

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The ‘Goes Not Matches’ Collection: a true collaboration

7.21.14 | Collaboration is a fine concept, but it can be messy at times, too, often taking exceptional effort, patience and understanding among collaborators to achieve a great result. The latest debut of additions to the Goes Not Matches collection, designed by HOK Product Design as a collection of finishes that “go but do not match” for the healthcare market, is perhaps the purest example of successful collaboration the industry could hope for in product design and development.

Healthcare >>, Materials >>, Product >>

NeoCon 2014: Selected Works – Part 3

7.21.14 | In the third installment of a three-part series, Robert Allen, architect, interior design professor and furniture designer, reviews four final products that debuted at NeoCon 2014 which he considers superior: Freedman Chair by Simon Freedman, Nessel by Geiger, Mitt by Bernhardt Design, and CP 1 and CP 2 Bench and Ottoman Collection by Bernhardt Design. Mr. Allen often reviews products that fall outside the larger, well-publicized product launches and we think his observations expand our understanding of both the products he reviews and of the processes and considerations of product design in general.

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NeoCon 2014: Selected Works – Part 2

7.14.14 | In the second installment of a three-part series, Robert Allen, architect, interior design professor and furniture designer, reviews four products that debuted at NeoCon 2014 which he considers superior: Connected by LightArt/3 Form, Zeroquindici.015 by Diemmebi, Molo benchwall+thinwall by Molo, and Agora Conference and Collaboration by Rouillard. Mr. Allen’s observations, found in officeinsight’s product design section, expand our understanding of both the products he reviews and of the processes and considerations of product design in general.

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NeoCon 2014 Seminar: Shattering the Glass Ceiling in the Design Profession

7.14.14 | For many design professionals, NeoCon is a meeting of the minds, taking place amidst thoughtfully curated seminars spanning the show. Officeinsight contributor Peter Carey attended a panel discussion, Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Architecture: One Firm’s Quest for Gender Equality in the Workplace, consisting of panelists who were all from the Baltimore, MD, office of design and planning firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG). The discussion revolved around gender imbalances that exist in the architecture and design industry and the effective solutions ASG are implementing.

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Project Focus | Yelp! : Studio O+A

7.14.14 | As tech-centered companies and a younger workforce flock to urban locations, the collegial spirit of Silicon Valley must find a place for itself in high-rise buildings and converted industrial spaces. When Yelp, the online restaurant and business review collective for local consumers, moved its headquarters from a smaller site in San Francisco to a 106,000 sq. ft. space in a classic Financial District high-rise, it tasked Studio O+A with creating its neighborhood in a tower: a place where people interact with each other despite working on different floors.

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