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.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Client: Maryland Institute College of Art
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.
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.
Double Top Tables
A practical solution for the work and learning environments, the Double Top Table offers a convenient storage compartment below the desktop. Double Top tables are available with one or two compartments, and in a variety of sizes and finishes. The larger versions have compartments facing both sides. The standard height is 29″. Casters are optional.
Customization is our strength, let us know if you have particular size requirements.
Tables ganged together
Tables ganged together
Single compartment, open to both sides
Single compartment, open to both sides
Individual study desk with two compartments, open on one side.
Milder Library Shelving offers a modern look with brushed aluminum verticals and the exposed edge of the pre-finished plywood. Shelving units are available in single and double sided and can be used to create walls and enclosures within a larger space
The system is designed with durability in mind; the aluminum verticals serve to protect against dings and chips in high traffic areas.
Each unit has three fixed shelves, with the rest being adjustable. Additional options include doors, locks and inset lighting.
Single and double sided library shelving
Secure storage for rare books
Create intimate spaces within the open plan
Have an idea? We can adapt our system to bring it to life.
Library Carrel – Convertible
The perfect compliment to any university study hall or library, the Milder Convertible Carrel is designed to support both group work and individual learning. Using a piston mechanism, the desktop flips upwards to reveal a secondary work-surface with privacy panels; a reading table converts to a semi-private study carrel.
The convertible carrel maximizes use of space while responding to students changing study needs throughout the semester.
The Convertible Carrel is available in a single or double sided configurations. Options include overhead shelf, light, power and data and/or wire cutouts.
In the closed position
In the open position
Wall mounted lockers have never been so attractive. This simple and effective design is well suited for schools, sport facilities, or the office – anywhere your clients need secure storage options. Locker sizes and grid configuration can be adjusted based on your site conditions. Key and combination locks available. Lockers options include shelves and hooks. Shown here are short term lockers with quick release coin/lock mechanism, and perforated front panel for content viewing.