Herman Miller’s new office line is the anti-cubicle

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The new OE1 line embraces a more flexible, less prescriptive workplace. COVID-19 changed everything about work. And no one knows exactly what the office of tomorrow will look like—not even the storied American design brand Herman Miller, a company that has been furnishing offices for decades. Which is why the Herman Miller’s latest furniture collection is designed precisely for uncertainty. Read Full Story

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These stylish Herman Miller chairs are on sale and perfect for your home office

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Meet the Cosm and Lino office chairs, which were designed for working from home before working from home was cool. As our new work-from-home reality stretches from weeks into months (and maybe beyond ), many of us are realizing the flaws of our home-office setup, particularly our choice of chair. As one FC editor recently lamented: “I thought I had an OK office chair when I worked from home 25% of the week—but now I realize it’s a torture device.” Read Full Story

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Is your home office chair destroying your body? Herman Miller wants to help

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Herman Miller’s new store brings in ergonomic experts to let you try before you buy. While the pandemic has forced many stores to shut their doors , the 115-year-old design firm Herman Miller is going in the opposite direction. This week, it will open two 1,500-square-foot stores in Los Angeles and New York, where customers can test drive the brand’s well-known desk chairs with ergonomics experts on hand to provide insight. Read Full Story

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‘They’ve stolen our history’: Why one designer has been fighting for inclusion for 50 years

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Acclaimed designer and thought leader Cheryl D. Miller shares her decades-long quest for design justice. Cheryl D. Miller is an acclaimed New York communications designer, artist, and theologian. She is the author of the memoir Black Coral: A Daughter’s Apology to Her Asian Island Mother and recently submitted a professional archive of her historic visual design work and writings, the Cheryl D. Miller Collection, to Stanford University Libraries. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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This app lets stores create a digital line to help enforce social distancing

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Just sit in your car or walk to a nearby park until it’s your turn, and you don’t have to worry if the other customers in line with you believe in social distancing. Instead of waiting in the long lines that stretch around your local grocery store during the pandemic—and hoping that the somewhat arbitrary six-foot rule for social distancing protects you from the customer coughing behind you—it may soon be easier to wait in a virtual line. A new app, SafeQueue , is designed to allow stores to manage the flow of customers digitally, so that customers can wait inside their cars or in a nearby park until it’s time to shop. Read Full Story

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Package lockers are ugly. Klarna wants to make them more beautiful

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Klara is dreaming up the locker of the future, one that is beautiful, functional, and evolves as our shopping behaviors change. Package lockers are popping up everywhere these days. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Rent the Runway are lining grocery stores, apartment buildings, and co-working spaces with them, offering an easy way to pick up and drop off online orders. And as e-commerce continues to grow , these structures are only going to become more ubiquitous. But unlike iconic metal mailboxes, which were carefully designed by the U.S. Post Office over several decades, little thought has gone into the design of these lockers and how they fit into our cities. Read Full Story

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REI’s new headquarters are like summer camp for grown-ups

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Complete with blueberry bogs and a campfire. In Bellevue’s Spring District, 20 minutes east of Seattle, a new type of workplace is emerging. Designers at the architecture firm NBBJ have meditated on what the ideal office of the future might look like, and have come up with this: streets in the sky, adaptable meeting spaces, and outdoorsy features like blueberry bogs and a campfire. This is the new headquarters for the outdoors company REI. Read Full Story

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