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.
Milder Office invites our clients to participate in developing furniture product/designs with us. If your project requires products or services not available in our furniture system, we can help to develop it with or for you. Our staff of designers and project managers will collaborate with you to develop solutions that support your needs, whether for the office, library, school or showroom.
Wall panels rotated open allow circulation and sight lines throughout the space.
Client: Rob!nhood Foundation
Architect: 1100 Architects
1100 Architects came to us with the concept of creating a standardized library shelving system that would feature two ‘hinge’ element that would allow the shelf elements to be connected at different angles. The ‘Bookworm’ elements could then be configured (grouped) in different ways, curving through the space, to match unique site conditions for each of the five library spaces.
The five public school libraries were installed as part of the L!brary Initiative sponsored by the Robinhood Foundation and NYC Department of Education.
The system is flexible and allowed for tall stacks, counter height areas, seating areas and even passages. Each box has a laminated central divider and is accessible from both sides.
Milder Office’s design-for-production approach maximized efficiencies and ensured ease of installation. Milder Office produced the components in upstate New York, and assembled in New York city as a means of lowering shipping and delivery costs for the project.
Close up of box showing the laminate center divider. We can provide the laminate color of your choice.
HMA2 designed a flexible open floor layout, offering a variety of study and work spaces to match the unique ‘workshop’ model of teaching at Innovate Manhattan Charter School. The middle school methodology is based on the Kunskapsskolan Education (KED) model that focuses on personalizing student curriculum based on individual student goals and achievements (rather than statistical averages).
Milder Office designed custom benches and tables that serve as informal study and meeting areas for students within a large open space. Milder Office also supplied worktables (with laminate top) and computer stations.
HMA2’s design for the P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini (K216) Library renovation features staggered boxes as bookshelves to create an open feel and clear sight lines across the library. Milder Office provided consulting and production engineering for the design, and was the fabricator on the job.
Milder Office has produced and installed several New York Public School libraries for the New York School System and the Robinhood Foundation as part of the L!brary Initiative.
Milder Office worked closely with Brooklyn Industries to create store fixtures that offered maximum flexibility for the company’s range of products. Adjustable shelves can be swapped for pegs, which can be swapped for hanging rails, offering store managers varied display for BKI’s clothing, bags and accessories. Shop displays are changed from month to month, season to season.
The system was installed in seven stores in NYC, as well as in Illinois and Oregon, using different plywood finishes including HP laminate.
T-Shirts are displayed through birch plywood frame and be easily changed.
Tables with lockable casters allow for a flexible floor plan.