We worked with Herman Miller Inc, which designs, manufactures, and sells furniture systems and products for offices, learning institutions and health care facilities. We carried out a global research for Herman Miller to support the Living office concept by analysing and forecasting global trends that effect the workplace of the future.
Herman Miller, Inc., based in Zeeland, Michigan, is a major American manufacturer of office furniture, equipment and home furnishings. Some of their most iconic products include the Eames Lounge Chair and Aeron chairs and they offer complete workplace solutions around their Living office concept.
The Human Dynamics + Work department at Herman Miller elaborated the Living Office concept based around 6 Fundamental Human Needs (Belonging, Achievement, Security, Status, Purpose and Autonomy). Their ongoing research and exploration demonstrate compelling connections between our fundamental human needs and the management methods, technology and tools, and places that help Herman Miller fully realize Living Offices. The task was to continue this exploration with putting the Fundamental Human Needs into a global and dynamic context and explore how the key trends affecting the world of work manifest themselves on the Fundamental Needs across countries, generations and gender.
To investigate the interplay between the fundamental human needs and trends that are shaping the global work force.
We carried out a global research for Herman Miller to support the Living office concept by analysing and forecasting global trends that effect the workplace of the future. The results were a series of White papers (one general to be downloaded here, and 6 regional papers) that is spread across the Herman Miller company and supply chain to align the entire company behind these important global trends and focus their work towards a common vision of the future.