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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.
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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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