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Public Office LandscapeHERMAN MILLER: Design Yves Béhar
The more people connect, the better they work.
Based on the belief that the more people connect, the better they work, Public transforms every part of the office, including individual desks, into places for collaboration.
Public is the first office system to support casual work and to provide comfort at the desk, in circulation spaces and in group areas — all with a consistent design vocabulary. Visually uniform and modular surfaces, storage and seating can be configured into a broad range of settings that encourage fluid transitions between collaborative and focused work.
We believe collaboration isn’t exclusive to conference rooms or desks; it happens everywhere. Public was designed to support fluid interactions and spontaneous conversations across the entire landscape, keeping the office in a state of flow, where people are engaged, focused and able to move freely between collaborative and individual work activities.
Vibrant and varied
With a modular kit of parts, Public enables people to work how and where they want. Casual group areas become destinations for brainstorming, teamwork, presentations and meetings. Individual workspaces facilitate sharing and interaction, or productivity and privacy.
Public elements can be arranged into configurations that express culture and foster belonging — and that can evolve as needs change. Layers of colour and material create visual consistency and enhance the flow of movement from individual to group activities and from private to shared spaces.
The Social Chair is the core component of the Public system. It brings a new level of ergonomics and functionality to soft seating by accommodating a range of people and postures as they work. The chair encourages the purposeful interactions that drive work, at the desk, in group areas and throughout the entire office.
Both literally and figuratively, the Social Chair is designed for connection. Its open, inviting shape encourages people to sit and interact, while its top surface seamlessly links to desks, storage units and other Social Chairs.
Public’s highly versatile elements can be reconfigured as an organisation grows and evolves, eliminating the need to acquire a new system and dispose of the old. Public’s carefully considered responsible design uses the least possible materials. The Social Chair’s seat, made from expanded polypropylene, is lightweight, highly recyclable and comprised of a minimal amount of foam.
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Designer: Yves Béhar
Yves Béhar is a thinker. And one thing he thinks about a lot is the future. You can see it in his designs, from his reflective red-lacquered laptop for Toshiba and his elegant closed-toe Footprints for Birkenstock to his refined Aliph Jawbone Headset for mobile phones. “I believe design’s purpose is not only to show us the future, but to bring us the future,” he states.
The founder of fuseproject (“dedicated to the emotional experience of brands through storytelling”), Béhar has been exploring the design world since his childhood in Switzerland. “In Europe, it is second nature to evaluate objects based on how they work and how they look,” he explains.
Béhar grew up in a bicultural home, influenced by his East German mother and Turkish father. “One is functional and modernist and the other expressive and poetic,” he says. “I always try to marry the two in my projects.”
For a relatively young designer, he has had a remarkable career. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in California, he started out working with high-tech Silicon Valley clients such as Apple and Hewlett Packard, eventually gravitating into the sport, clothing, technology and furniture arenas.
One of the countless magazine articles written about Béhar called him “the multi-disciplinary designer of our time”. His long list of awards includes the prestigious National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, where his work is part of their permanent collection.
In 2004 he had two solo exhibitions, one at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the other at the Musee de Design et D’arts Appliques Contemporains in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“When working with clients, my philosophy is to connect emotionally through ideas and content rather than style,” says Béhar. “It’s less about this or that aesthetic and more about meaningful conversations where people come to an agreement in terms of approach and direction.”
His collaboration with Herman Miller came about through one such conversation. An admirer of Charles and Ray Eames, Béhar decided that he wanted to do something for the company himself. “Design is very much at the centre of Herman Miller’s culture,” he says. “So one day I just picked up the phone, called them and said, ‘Let’s work together.’”
Four years later, Herman Miller introduced his two brilliantly innovative lighting products, Leaf and Ardea.
Given the wide range of products he works on, it would seem that Béhar might have a hard time escaping thoughts of design. Not at all, he says. “I have many outside interests that keep me balanced. For example, I love surfing, windsurfing and snowboarding. So I spend a lot of time in the natural world too.”
As for his future, Béhar says he’s very content designing products for companies who are “looking for departure, change and transformation. I’m continually excited working with people who want to move forward into the future and onto the next generation.”
From all indications, this is the man who can take them there.
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