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Libraries have experienced a profound change over the past two decades. As they adapt, some things don’t change: the need for quiet space to read and study, and a place for group learning. The patent-pending Kerəl supports both of these functions.
Simply flip the Kerəl tabletop upwards to reveal a secondary work-surface with privacy panels – the ubiquitous library table easily converts to a semi-private study carrel. In a matter of seconds and on an as-needed basis, students and staff can choose the modality that best suits the task at hand.
The Milder Butcher Block table was awarded Gold Distinction as part of the 2019 Modern Library Awards, a product competition judged by Librarians who have specified our products for their libraries. Across the nation, libraries are fast becoming STEM and Maker-focused, offering their communities programming to inspire and empower kids and adults alike to make, create and learn new skills.
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.
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.
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: New York Public Library
Architect: 1100 Architects
The Children’s Library and Discovery Center in Queens, New York, is a two story, 22,000 sq ft space that is part library, part discovery museum. Milder Office installed worktables and computer stations to suit individual and group pursuits.
Milder library shelving and book displays were customized to integrate whiteboard displays, pin surfaces, and benches as part of the interactive science displays.
The area includes our library display shelves, that are open to both sides, with (custom) integrated bench.
Library tables with built in power and data ports are installed throughout the library, as well as
book carousels, and periodical display stands (with built in storage).
Client: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
The Game Innovation Lab, part of the Center of Innovation for Technology and Entertainment Center (CITE), accommodates classroom learning, research, and gathering areas designed for maximum flexibility and mobility in a tight physical envelope. To quote CITE, “The Game Innovation Lab is an exciting, dynamic and flexible space for research and learning that takes games as an innovation challenge.”
The space is used both as a classroom and as a student laboratory, and the furniture is regularly reconfigured to support both functions. When workshops are conducted, the tables are placed in pairs for small team work, while the standard the classroom setup has all the tables ganged together as a single block. The Mobile Storage Partitions are assigned to individual graduate students and offer lockable storage, hangers, and whiteboard on both sides to support their project work.