Designed by Yves Béhar and fuseproject
In the new landscape of work, technology enables us to work anywhere and to collaborate virtually. Despite this, people continue to be drawn to the office for work and interaction. At Herman Miller, we believe office landscapes that encourage people to work together foster greater productivity and enhance everyone’s ability to generate ideas. Through global research, we’ve learned that 70 percent of workplace collaboration happens at the desk. Most of these interactions are brief, typically lasting three to five minutes. At the same time, people —supported by mobile technology—are spending more time away from their individual workspaces.
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. It’s the first office system to support casual work and to provide comfort at the desk, in circulation spaces, and in group areas—all within 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 modes of work.
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. With the Social Chair, people don’t have to choose between ergonomic seating for work and casual seating for lounging. The chair’s innovative design pares materials to a minimum, giving the seat and back the flexibility to accommodate comfortable movement through a variety of postures and activities.