A Masters in Cartography
After the missing in action Crane Chair prototype, Herman Miller contacted FUSE to participate in a design competition to design a furniture line or system that fell somewhere between Office Depot and the more expensive Contract furniture. We were told it need to be flat packed and Ready To Assemble (RTA). After that, the requirements were up to us. FUSE said “yes” and was given 3o days to come up with something to present at HM headquarters. Our design focused on what we thought all start-ups, fast moving design firms needed. That is: what we needed. We knew we wanted wheels and adjustable work surface heights. We had built our own MDF work surfaced desks and knew how heavy they were. We used this super light structural material called PEPCORE for our work surfaces. We also noticed that all images of all furniture never showed the cords that ran the CPU’s, monitors and equipment that every knowledge worker used . We made our vertical structures into cable ways with multiple access point for cords to enter and exit.
Our design was one of the winners and went on to be prototyped by HM. Ultimately, we lost the PEPCORE work surface as the supplier could not make enough of it, cheap enough, but our design was being manufactured.