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.
In the closed position
In the open position
Library Carrel – Ganged
Library Carrels provide a semi private study/work space and are designed for the university and library settings where students and researchers prefer to work undisturbed. The height of the (three sided) partition can be modified to increase or decrease sight lines. Available as single or double sided, the carrels can be ganged to create unique spaces within a large open plan. For example, use a row of single sided carrels to partition a space for different functions. The carrels may be specified with lighting, storage/lockers, power and data, pin-wall surfaces and more.
Goethe Institute New York
Architect: Karo Architects
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.
Wall panels in the closed configuration.
Table and shelves.
Queens Public Children’s Library
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).
The Library at Art Building West, University of Iowa
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.
MIT Linguistics + Philosophy Library
Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architect: Map Lab
The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy library is a small, practical space furnished with Milder Office Library Shelving and offering study and lounge spaces for reading and study. A clever mix of single and double sided shelving was used to partition the space.
Durability is especially important in high traffic installations such as libraries, our Library Shelving has full length aluminum pipes to protect edges and corners.
Reading nook with side table. A bridge connects two library shelves to serve as counters (custom).
Lockable storage keep rare books secure but accessible.
Double sided library shelving feature a back stop.
Battery Park Library Branch
Client: New York Public Library
Architect: 1100 Architects
TimeOut Magazine selected the Battery Park Library as one the best libraries for New York City kids, writing that “Like the rest of the branch, the spacious children’s room is both ultramodern yet classic and comfortable.”
The children’s section includes long banks of computer tables as well as reading tables through. The adult reading room features library tables with power and data options.
Our Bookcase is designed for books and display in
freestanding configurations. Bookcase shelves are 15 inches deep with 13 inch high compartments and are open on both sides with dividers and metal support poles.
Modular and reconfigurable, the storage system allows you to add or remove shelves and can be used to create walls and partitions in your workspace.
Custom size grid
Stuyvesant High School Library
Client: New York City Department of Education Architect: HMA2
The Boaz R. Weinstein Library renovation, headed by architects HMA2 provided a much upgraded library space to the Stuyvesant community. The library offers a unique study spaces for the students, including a communal study area, computer research area, lecture space and lounge. Milder Office designed a bench with a shelf behind the backrest to accommodate students’ books and bags. The benches are easily moved to support a range of activities and events at the library.
Milder Office furniture for the project includes upright lecture tables, standing height computer stations, bookcases, work tables, and cafe tables.
HMA2 specified Marmoleum laminate throughout.
Reimagining the Free Library of Philadelphia
Client: Free Library of Philadelphia
In preparation for the new reality at libraries, with diminishing stacks and the need to expand its services and outreach to the community, this two hour long public workshop kicked off a longer collaboration with the Free Public Library in Philadelphia.
Working with the President and Director of Philadelphia’s Library System Siobhan Reardon, and her staff, and supported by students from the ‘Design for Social Impact’ program that Jonas Milder directed at that time ( https://issuu.com/mid_uart ), we developed and facilitated highly structured program to explore options for the new Library ‘Commons’, a 6,000 sqft. space just renovated at the Central Library of Philadelphia.
Forty participants from a wide range organizations and communities representative of the Philadelphia community worked through a series of intensive exercises to explore three paramount considerations for the new space: Space; Experience; Services.
Outcomes of this workshop were presented to the Library Board and became part of the planning process and further development of the space and programming for the Central Library and throughout the Philadelphia Library System.