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Client: Parsons School of Design Architect: Rice + Lipka Architects
The Parsons School of Design Making Center, spanning 2 floors and 35,000SF, is a sprawling, dynamic hub for students to work side by side on projects as diverse as fashion, product design, architecture, print making – with the goal of “fostering a new generation of creators”. Milder Office worked closely with the Parsons School of Design team to develop furniture solutions that are durable, attractive and adaptable. Serving as both studio and classroom, with on site training and technical support for a wide range of tools, the Making Center is sure to inspire collaboration across disciplines.
Re-designed for a shop and maker environment, our Maker Series offers a robust reboot of the Milder Furniture System and includes tables in a variety of finishes including butcher block and Trespa, tool carts and mobile storage partitions units. All types are mobile, and the spaces are re-configured throughout the day, at will, by both students and instructors as they like, offering a truly adaptable learning space.
The aptly named Tool Cage is a central storage depot for hand tools and materials, where students can sign out equipment or pick up toolkits for their class. The Milder tool carts provide a convenient way to store and transport the tool laden wire baskets throughout the Making Center.
Some two dozen oversized Mobile Storage Partitions are dispersed throughout the Making Center, providing a convenient whiteboard and display surface for instruction and class presentations. Some of the units serve as temporary storage for student projects and materials, while others are used by the instructors to store their class supplies securely. Despite their size, the MSP units are easy to move and are sometimes ganged to create temporary walls.
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The Mobile Storage Partition (MSP) and MSP Mini are designed to support dynamic and evolving environments.
A true hybrid for the work and learning environment, the containers are are part display board, part storage, part movable wall. The perfect complement for any studio, office or school, the units are easily moved from one space to another and can be ganged to partition the space as needed.
Options include: markerboard (magnetic markerboard available), pin-up surface (cork), paper roll, baskets, shelves, drawers, and doors (locks optional).
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Client: Parsons The New School for Design
The Urban and Transdisciplinary Design Studio is reconfigured throughout the day by students and faculty for different courses and studios. All Milder Furniture in this dynamic space is mobile and responsive to small and large group settings.
The Mobile Storage Partitions support project classwork, and can be ganged and partition the space when needed. Tables are easily reconfigured to support large and small team meetings.
The MIT Tech Review’s offices offer a space that is responsive to the varied needs of its staff, from private offices, to an art room, to a newsroom hub’ that offers privacy without the cubicle. The newsroom, the anchor of this open floor plan, support easy flow and connections throughout the space through clever placement ‘L’ shaped units that integrate a single pedestal workstation with storage unit. Varying partition heights allow for longer sightlines while maintaining some privacy.
The MIT Tech Review art room includes large tables to display magazine proofs.
Private office with two single pedestal workstations.
Glass markerboards for use at small group meeting, and partitions the team from the adjoining workstations.
Custom designed for MITTR these units integrate a single pedestal workstation with storage unit. Varying partition heights allow for longer sightlines while maintaining some privacy.
Cafe tables with pedestal base, and square or round tops, are available in a variety sizes and finishes. The melanin film-faced plywood is available in a variety of colors including: natural birch (clear), red, blue, yellow, blue, and dark brown. High pressure laminate is also available.
Customization is our strength, let us know if you have particular size requirements. The standard height is 29″.
Round cafe tables with pedestal. Custom high pressure laminates are available.
Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architect: Perkins + Will (formerly Signer Harris Architects)
Signer Harris Architects came to Milder Office with unique request, to design a library table that could transform into a carrel with privacy panels in order to provide greater privacy for students cramming at the end of the semester. The architects had conducted interviews and surveys of students and faculty and concluded that the existing furniture did not satisfied the students changing needs throughout the semester. Milder Office designed the Convertible Carrel in response.
The Convertible Carrel uses a piston mechanism to flip the tabletop upwards to reveal a secondary work-surface and privacy panels; a reading table converts to a semi-private study carrel. These two furniture-solutions-in-one supports individual learning as well as group work and greatly enhance the functionality and usage of the 5th Floor Reading Room.
Collegeprowler.com (College guides written by students) listed the Stratton Center Reading Room as the “Best Place to Study” on the MIT campus. One student writes, “In terms of places to study, the Student Center has a reading room, where almost everyone convenes for a quiet place to study for midterms and finals. Besides all of that, there are conference rooms where groups often hold meetings.” Library Carrel – Study Carrel – Library furniture – Educational furniture
Milder Office also furnished meeting rooms, students lounges, as well as short term lockers for this popular study hall.
P’unk Ave is mid-sized technology company that needed a flexible, clutter free space. The Milder Office Basic Workstation includes personal storage and wire management options that make the clutter disappear. These mobile stations are sometimes rearranged as teams and project change; seen here in a quad configuration. A series of holes and pegs allow staff to personalize their preferred storage for bags, headphones and the like.
Sadly today’s wireless office doesn’t actually mean “no wires”. Since the stations needed to be moved easily, we neatly stored away the wires, adapters and power cords in an under the desktop channel. The benefit of having easy access without losing desktop surface, while getting rid of unsightly tangles of wire under the desk. Shown here with a laminate finish, the lids are typically fashioned from the desktop material.
Feature image by P’unk Ave Other photos by Milder Office
Detail of the Milder System’s distinctive capscrew