Herman Miller http://michiganradio.org en How a Michigan company unintentionally invented the cubicle http://michiganradio.org/post/how-michigan-company-unintentionally-invented-cubicle <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American office used to be rows of desks in a huge room with zero privacy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All that changed when a Michigan-based company unintentionally invented the cubicle.</span></p><p>What led to the redesign of American offices?</p><p>We talk to Mark Schurman , of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/about-us/who-is-herman-miller.html">Herman Miller</a>, to talk about how Michigan shaped the way offices across America look today.</p><p><em>Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:34:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16982 at http://michiganradio.org How a Michigan company unintentionally invented the cubicle West Michigan’s big three getting lots of attention at office furniture show in Chicago http://michiganradio.org/post/west-michigan-s-big-three-getting-lots-attention-office-furniture-show-chicago <p>Grand Rapids-based Steelcase, Holland based-Haworth and Zeeland-based Herman Miller are showing off new lines of chairs, collaborative office spaces, and home offices at the annual show for the office furniture industry show known as <a href="http://www.neocon.com/">NeoCon.</a></p><p>Together, West Michigan’s ‘big three’ sell nearly $6 billion in office furniture a year; making up more than half of all sales in the country. Designers and suppliers from across the state are also involved in this year’s show - MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/06/neocon_2013_why_west_michigan.html">lists them all here. </a></p><p><a href="http://www.mdunlap-associates.com/">Industry analyst Mike Dunlap</a> has been going to NeoCon for 34 years. He sees new technologies like smart phones and tablets creeping even further into what would traditionally be considered furniture.</p><p>“All of the major manufactures now are beginning to change their thinking to putting technology into the furniture as opposed to putting it on it,” Dunlap said.</p><p>Dunlap says Haworth is getting lots of attention for its new product called <a href="http://www.bluescape.com/index.shtml">Bluescape</a>, which he calls “an Ipad on steroids.”</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=4aaRXl38SKk Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:19:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12981 at http://michiganradio.org