The Architecture program at Tulane University was looking to replace roughly 250 desks in its studios, and they turned to AOS, a local Knoll dealership for help. After not being able find existing product to fit their needs, AOS worked with Milder Office to, together with students, faculty and administrators, develop a custom solution for the project.
After the initial design phase, Milder Office produced a prototype for Tulane. Some revisions were made to the design based on feedback during the review phase. With all stakeholders on board, Milder Office then produced the order.
The resulting workstation and mobile pedestal combination offered improvements over the old studio furniture (see last photos) including increased privacy, integrated task lighting (under the overhead storage shelf), cutting matte surface, pin-up surface, and flexible individual storage (pedestal). Tulane also specified Milder Markerboards for the space.
The order was shipped flat to the AOS warehouse where it was assembled and delivered to the Tulane campus.
The renovation was well received, and Tulane University has placed an order for more workstations for summer 2019.
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Photo credit for photos 1, 2, 5, 10, and 11 to AOS Interior Environments.
Lower East Side Tenement Store
Client: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Architect: Perkins Eastman
The new Tenement Museum Visitor and Education Center at the corner of Orchard and Delancey streets offers 10,000 square feet of additional space, including classrooms, a screening room and gallery space.
Working closely with Tenement Museum Staff and Perkins Eastman Architects, Milder Office created unique retail fixtures that maximize display space while providing ample storage. Several units are mobile allowing the staff to easily re configure the floor layout.
Milder Office first furnished the Tenement Museum’s offices in 2003, working with Standard Architects, and we have continued to support organization’s furniture needs through several expansions. Our furniture is reconfigurable, and we have worked with staff to modify existing furniture to support re-use over many years.
Pyramid shaped mobile bookcase
Closed back storage. Grid can be customized to your merchandise needs
Mobile storage with adjustable shelves, open to both sides
Closed back storage with doors and drawers
Closed back storage with adjustable shelves for changing retail displays
Custom book carts with angles book display (facing to street)
The multi-tier mobile display island
The multi-tier mobile display island
Stuyvesant High School Library
Client: New York City Department of Education Architect: HMA2
The Boaz R. Weinstein Library renovation, headed by architects HMA2 provided a much upgraded library space to the Stuyvesant community. The library offers a unique study spaces for the students, including a communal study area, computer research area, lecture space and lounge. Milder Office designed a bench with a shelf behind the backrest to accommodate students’ books and bags. The benches are easily moved to support a range of activities and events at the library.
Milder Office furniture for the project includes upright lecture tables, standing height computer stations, bookcases, work tables, and cafe tables.
HMA2 specified Marmoleum laminate throughout.
Innovate Manhattan Charter School
HMA2 designed a flexible open floor layout, offering a variety of study and work spaces to match the unique ‘workshop’ model of teaching at Innovate Manhattan Charter School. The middle school methodology is based on the Kunskapsskolan Education (KED) model that focuses on personalizing student curriculum based on individual student goals and achievements (rather than statistical averages).
Milder Office designed custom benches and tables that serve as informal study and meeting areas for students within a large open space. Milder Office also supplied worktables (with laminate top) and computer stations.
Photo Credit: Chris Payne Photography
Worktables with white laminate tops.
P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini Library
HMA2’s design for the P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini (K216) Library renovation features staggered boxes as bookshelves to create an open feel and clear sight lines across the library. Milder Office provided consulting and production engineering for the design, and was the fabricator on the job.
Milder Office has produced and installed several New York Public School libraries for the New York School System and the Robinhood Foundation as part of the L!brary Initiative.