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Catena Office Landscape

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A user-driven design process

Designed for the Asia Pacific market, Arras was created by the Herman Miller Asia Research and Development group. In extensive user-needs reviews conducted in Tokyo, Sydney and every other major city in the Asia Pacific region, conversations with customers, architects and designers helped us to reinvent the workplace experience.

A workspace made for the future

Motivated by our nomadic yet socially connected lifestyle, enabled by technological advancement and inspired by our innate desire for beautiful objects, we present our irresistible take on the workspace for the future: Arras

Recessed understructure

Freedom to sit anywhere fosters the organic development of relationships; sit near someone you enjoy being with, or someone you need to learn to like a lot more.
The Arras intermediate leg structure is recessed inward 500 mm along the entire bench length, with pedestals re-adjustable to any position, providing comfortable leg room for all users.


Face value can be even more important than you think. We believe that a functionally exceptional bench deserves a visually compelling face.

Social extensions

We are social creatures, and the more online and other instant messaging tools we have access to, the more we crave genuine face-to-face interaction.
The Arras extension worksurface provides a sanctioned space to catch up over coffee at a convenient distance from your work area. An ideal spot for collaborative work, there is plenty of leg room, just in case a crowd gathers!

No reservations required

Invite conversations to your desk by making it the hot zone for people to gather around. Free from any cumbersome understructure, Arras Float extends your personal work surface with a 500 mm x 500 mm platform — perfect for impromptu discussion and small social gatherings. Despite its petite size, the float can hold up to 120 kg concentrated weight load.

Bringing the outside inside

Nature nourishes all of our senses, and on the bench natural foliage is perfect for creating permeable privacy whilst providing a soothing visual treat. Arras planters can create a verdant garden or well trimmed hedge on the bench itself. With a moulded plastic liner to hold excess liquids, it safely and naturally enriches the workspace.

Privacy on demand

We should not assume that everyone wants privacy, in fact, people naturally need and crave conversation with others. Arras side blades provide flexible positioning of side screens for privacy on demand, delivering aesthetic ingenuity within a functional frame.

Infinite Possibilities

More than a divider, Catena’s skinny spine also paves the way for even more flexibility: unlike traditional skeleton systems, it’s not simply linear.
It can be configured in myriad ways, and applied across the office for myriad tasks and to suit the full spectrum of user behaviour

Beyond Diversity

User behaviour is what shapes working modes and the way we use spaces, and Catena has been designed to respond to this.
Armed with fittings that allow it to turn 90 or 120 degrees, Catena is unique in that it can shift from rectangular and grid formations to triangular and honeycomb settings – and with ease.

Optimise Your Space

Urbanisation is gaining pace: globally, Office rents are set to rise by 3% in 2020. The follow-on effect is that businesses will have to t the same activities in a smaller footprint..
It’s Catena’s mission to solve this problem. At just 60mm — versus the usual 100mm – it’s ultra-thin, keeping its footprint to a minimum, so organisations can put their spaces to work as effectively as possible.

Digitising The Office

Catena came to life in response to a real-life problem. A global tech company came to Herman Miller with a challenge: create a product that’s primed for future wire management needs as the company grows and changes, and that looks the part, too. While we met the client’s needs, we knew we could improve upon our initial solution. And so, after a year of research and refinement, Catena was born, it has a wire management system that has exceptional capacity, allowing for multiple distribution channels, both horizontally and vertically, with access points anywhere and everywhere they’re needed.
Plus it’s all concealed behind clean cladding, keeping usable workspace free of clutter and pesky wires. This clever backbone also acts as a freestanding power station. Place sockets wherever necessary, then plug in and power up.

Brand: Herman Miller

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