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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.
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We first connected to the Henry Street Settlement (HSS) through our work and longstanding relationship with the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, for which we designed and produced office furniture as well as retail fixtures and displays for their museum store. After years of negotiating with the city, Henry Street Settlement was able to add the Firehouse to their headquarter row on Henry Street. Working with Renee Epps, Facilities Manager at HSS, and a team of architects from Beyer Binder Bell, we developed and produced workstations and meeting room furniture for the four floors of the Firehouse. Because groups of workstations are clustered in relatively small and tall spaces, we worked with a sound engineer to limit the level of sound by adding Sound Soak panels and translucent Acrylic panels to our standard partition wall.
Individual single-pedestal workstations have partition installed on two or three sides, allowing for workers to see and be seen at their choosing. Individual areas feel open yet enclosed. The Milder Partitions can stand alone or can be mounted to our workstations allowing for flexible floor layouts that vary from area to area. Also, research has shown that that people do their best work in environments that allow for both social buzz while also providing them with boundaries (separation). The integrated Soundsoak acoustical wall panels absorb 50% to 90% of the sound striking the surface – reducing noise within a space and reducing noise transfer between areas.
We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to be part of this project team and are excited that the Firehouse has been put back into service for this amazing/historical neighborhood organization.
Hope, growth, change, recovery are the guiding tenets. Hope, growth, change, recovery are the guiding tenets at the Henry Street Settlement’ Community Consultation Center (CCC). CCC opened in 1946 as one of the first public clinics to provide psychiatric care to the community.
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).
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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.
The perfect complement 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.
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.