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The following carpet & furnishings are appropriate for an array of commercial interiors, particularly the office setting. It is now standard for furnishings such as chairs to have an ergonomic “brain,” and carpets to have an environmental “conscience,” reflecting a trend toward a healthier work environment.
óRita F. Catinella

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The Work Island can serve as a mobile café.

Detail of the Kotatsu worktable’s shelf

Mobile Easel features two locking casters

Practical solutions for when meetings and furniture intersect
According to Herman Miller, while a higher proportion of workplace square footage is being allocated to multipurpose group spaces, collaborative efforts can be impeded by work tools and environments designed mainly to support individual tasks. Herman Miller has responded to this issue with the Intersect portfolio, an offering of flexible, freestanding products designed to be used in open areas. Although primarily intended for settings that support up to six people, Intersect’s elements are scalable to accommodate groups of any size.

Intersect is divided into four categories: display products that allow note taking as well as the display of ideas and information; tables in different sizes and shapes; stacking and lounge seating; and boundary products, including four- to six-panel telescoping screens to divide space, create standing privacy, and add vertical work space.

Rather than focus on a single design vision, Herman Miller chose to work with an array of designers. Mark Goetz’s Idea Exchange Center is a large marker board/display surface that also delineates group space. Jeff Weber contributed the Foldaway mobile table, the Caper chair (an existing product), and the Mobile Easel. Kyle Swen and Danny Peter’s Work Island serves as a mobile café or a standing meeting space for two to six people. Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton’s Kotatsu worktable features a functional understructure and a clever center-cutout tray, and when workers need to take a load off, David Pesso’s Celeste Lounge Seating offers a soft seating solution. Herman Miller, Zeeland, Mich.   [ Reader Service # 2128 ]



New standard for sustainable carpet tile
C&A Floorcoverings has introduced the Cycle Collection: two coordinating, nondirectional designs of different scales intended for corporate and government settings. Sequence is the first of the two designs to be released, followed by the blocks-on-blocks design of Cadence. The environmentally friendly carpet tile will utilize Honeywell’s (formerly BASF) Savant HRC (High Recycled Content) nylon with a minimum of 50 percent recycled content (25 percent postconsumer and 25 percent postindustrial). In addition, a built-in RS tackifier eliminates the use of wet adhesives, which can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Independent, third-party certification through Scientific Certification Systems has verified the total recycled content of the product as well as its 100 percent recyclability. C&A Floorcoverings, Dalton, Ga. [ Reader Service # 214 ]


Colorful lacquered executive furnishings
The fruit of one of the Fantoni Research Center’s experimental projects, the Stripes collection of executive office furniture was recognized with an award at this year’s Salone del Mobile’s office exhibition, Eimu 2004. Developed in cooperation with Marco Viola, Stripes uses a sequence of colored bands in three color schemes, including shades of green (left), multicolor (right), and shades of gray. The system is composed of a bookcase, a desk, and a bench in two width/height combinations. Each element is manually lacquered with high-resistant paint on MDF panels. Luminaire, Miami, Fla. [ Reader Service # 213 ]

Something to admire while waiting in line
Shaw Tek introduces In Line, a collection of complementary carpet styles designed for the higher education, health-care, and government markets. Comprised of six products in nine colorways and varying scales, In Line was created using advanced tufting technology and random color thread-up capabilities. It is constructed of EcoSolution Q fiber, among the first products in the world to be fully assessed through the Cradle-to-Cradle Design Protocol. Shaw Industries, Dalton, Ga. [ Reader Service # 215 ]



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