Cost-effective desking that provides functionality without complexity
Reinventing the desk
Memo is a work system designed to help companies be more agile. By re-inventing the desk structure and making it relevant to the way people are working today, Memo serves as an efficient platform to create different kinds of spaces so people can choose whatever place best suits their task.
Making benches together
The nature of work is rapidly changing. We asked Tim Wallace, designer of Abak Environments and Atlas Office Landscape, to propose a bench design that reflects that change. Drawing on our long history of people-centred design, Wallace and Herman Miller’s development team quickly understood that sometimes people need simple, inexpensive benches tailored to individual needs. Memo offers that new functionality without sacrificing simplicity.
Attainable and accessible
As companies move towards a greater use of collaborative space, they need a greater variety of work settings — but without complex, interchangeable systems. Memo’s clever design and rationalised componentry ensures it is a cost-effective desking solution for any workplace, from start-ups to global organisations.
Clear from clutter
Memo’s simple and clean design creates functional and uncluttered workstations. Benches, integrated or free-standing meeting tables, project tables and storage units create a variety of mixed spaces. Screen heights in different styles and materials add personality. Screen-attached work tools, pin boards, whiteboards and shelves come in a wide range of finishes to add style and individuality.
Efficient spaces for enjoyable work
Given today’s plethora of work styles, even one-size-fits-all products are not broad enough to meet everyone’s needs. However, over-complex products that are expensive and hard to manage are not the answer. Instead, the solutions can be simple and just broad enough to meet most needs, whilst avoiding overcomplicated specifications.
Herman Miller approached designer Tim Wallace to help them find the right balance between more functionality and cost.
Wallace explains his approach:.
“Typically, offices accommodate groups of workers in clusters of benches or desks, which provide one basic function regardless of what you’re doing. When Herman Miller asked me to look at the efficiency of this, I saw the opportunity to design a better type of bench — one that was not just more attainable but also provided people using it a pleasing work experience.”
When looking at existing clusters of four to six desks, Wallace noticed that the central screen served as a unifying feature but didn’t have a structural purpose. He replaced the traditional beam with a simple panel — the central spine. With Herman Miller’s development team, he developed out-riggers that supported both legs and work surfaces.
This new design is more robust and easier to adapt, and it dramatically reduces the number of components.
Memo by Herman Miller
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