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.
Learning Module System
Client: Teach to One
Architect: Anderson Architects
The prototype Teach to One Math Center integrates best practices to create an effective and adaptive learning environment for participating schools. The project shown here was produced for an elementary school in Chicago. A main feature of the Teach to One Math Center is the custom furniture components called Learning Modules, which are specially designed to support the Teach to One Math Center program and meet the unique needs of each school. Milder Office led design development and produced the Learning Modules in collaboration with the New Classrooms team, Anderson Architects, and the American Architectural Foundation.
The Learning Modules support the dynamic transitions that a hallmark of the New Classrooms teaching concept. The units serve as freestanding walls in the large open space layout favored by New Classrooms concept of interchanging groups and learning methods. The Learning Modules provide teaching surfaces, storage, signage, as well as power and data connectivity. The use of open shelving and closed storage turns the units into space-dividing screens that break down the larger classroom into smaller, more intimate learning environments. A rolling whiteboard may be mounted on either side of the unit to provide additional functionality. Depending on the location of power and data access in your Teach to One Math Center classroom, integrated power and data poles may be incorporated.
Benefits of the Learning Module system include:
– Efficient layouts that help to maximize time spent on learning.
– Lively and warm design that inspires and empowers students and teachers.
– Durable components that have no or low maintenance requirements.
– Components that are simple to order and quick to assemble in a variety of configurations.
– Pre-fabricated components that mitigate disruptive and costly onsite construction work.
– Cost-effective options that address a range of school budgets.
The renowned art and design university offers its students learning environments that are responsive to variety of teaching methodologies. Some departments encourage group work by providing a open plan studio setting with furniture that is easily reconfigured to suit different modalities. To that end, the Critical Studies Department relies on our T-partitions (mobile whiteboards), mobile storage partition units, and worktables.
Other programs, for example illustration and graphic design, foster individual development, and need to provide their students with private work spaces.
Milder Office also furnished office spaces for MICA faculty and administrators.
Credenzas are configured in widths up to four modules at desktop height. Our tall credenza features a double top for additional storage. Pedestals can be outfitted with drawers, doors, open storage and files in letter, legal, and lateral formats.
Have a more than four pedestals in mind? Credenzas can be built to your preferred size.
Library Carrel – Ganged
Library Carrels provide a semi private study/work space and are designed for the university and library settings where students and researchers prefer to work undisturbed. The height of the (three sided) partition can be modified to increase or decrease sight lines. Available as single or double sided, the carrels can be ganged to create unique spaces within a large open plan. For example, use a row of single sided carrels to partition a space for different functions. The carrels may be specified with lighting, storage/lockers, power and data, pin-wall surfaces and more.
Mobile Storage Partition
A + Awards Finalist for 2017 competition sponsored by Architizer
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).
Maker Series: Butcher Block Table
Re-designed for a shop and maker environment, our Maker Series offers a robust reboot of the Milder Furniture System. The work tables boast a 1.5″ thick maple butcher block top that can take all the abuse as well as the love, from clamps, to fabric patterns and laptops. Tables can be easily moved or ganged to support a variety of studio and classroom activities. A range of sizes are available.
The Maker Series includes a mobile storage partition, tool carts, and the butcher block tables. We design with durability in mind. The pipe base with cross-bars and diagonal struts create a strong self-supporting base that the butcher block top is clipped onto. The butcher block top can be rejuvenated through annual sanding and oiling (instead of using lacquer). Table aprons are made of pre-finished birch ply and are available in a variety of colors as well as HPL laminate. Aprons shown here in grey pre-finished birch ply.
The melamine film-faced plywood is available in a variety of colors including: natural (clear), red, blue, yellow, blue, and dark brown. High pressure laminate is also available. As always, customization is our strength, and we can build to your preferred specifications.
Urban + Transdisciplinary Design Studio
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.
School of Art and Art History Library
Client: University of Iowa
Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Milder Office furnished the study spaces in the much lauded School of Art & Art History Library designed by Steven Holl Architects. Reading rooms offer Milder Library Tables with overhead spot lighting, while private study areas are furnished with the Milder Library Carrels complete with lockable storage for students ‘camping out’ for much of the day. Carrel options include lighting, storage, and power and data ports. The height of the (three sided) partition can be modified to increase or decrease sight lines. The units can be used to partition the open space plan.
Milder Office also provided side tables for the lounge area that overlooks the surrounding pond and forest.
MIT Linguistics + Philosophy Library
Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architect: Map Lab
The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy library is a small, practical space furnished with Milder Office Library Shelving and offering study and lounge spaces for reading and study. A clever mix of single and double sided shelving was used to partition the space.
Durability is especially important in high traffic installations such as libraries, our Library Shelving has full length aluminum pipes to protect edges and corners.
Reading nook with side table. A bridge connects two library shelves to serve as counters (custom).
Lockable storage keep rare books secure but accessible.
Double sided library shelving feature a back stop.
Williams College Commons
Client: Williams College
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
While the project was still in schematic development, Milder Office had the opportunity to work with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects on the interior design of a new central library building at Williams College, a renowned liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Working with students, faculty, library staff and administrators we created four test sites to prototype and publicly test concepts for new learning environments.
This was not only an opportunity for the planning team to anticipate what will become the new library later on, but to also to involve the larger community at the college in the discussions and decision making about the new building interior.
Working off leads we picked up from the discussion with the architects and during visits to the campus.
We proposed, installed and iterated four options:
The Café: meeting spot and destination
The Lounge: Informal with large pillows, low tables, and moveable displays and white boards for delineating space, note taking and collaboration.
Alone + Together: Creating a smaller space on the open floor, this installation explored the dynamic between working individually or in groups, and developing dynamics when shifting between both states.
Islands: The fourth site explored a specific architectural detail along the facade of the building and looked for options of larger study ‘islands’.
Working with the Williams community over the course of two semesters, we collected data and feedback from all stakeholders through surveys, interviews, as well as public forums and presentations
Some of the insights and learning were made part of the final design of the building that went into service several years later.