Jack Kelley sails the Great Lakes the same way he cruises cyberspace—fast and with agility. He's as skillful on deck as he is online. "The thrill of sailing is that it puts you in communion with natural forces," says the erstwhile divisional winner of the Queen's Cup and other trans-Lake Michigan races. "And the thrill of computers is that they put you in control of tremendous amounts of information." Kelley uses his knowledge of computers as a driving force behind many of his furniture designs. "You have to understand computers—and the people who depend on them—to design for today's offices," he says. Kelley does more than stay abreast of the latest technological developments. He gets out into the real work world, meeting face-to-face with the people whose lives he's trying to make better—and more healthful. Kelley has been captivated by computers since 1969, when he worked at the Stanford Research Institute with Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the world's first computer mouse. The mouse needed a pad, so Kelley designed it—the world's first mouse pad, an invention that brought him great satisfaction and an early understanding of the complexities of working in computer environments. He did that work as a researcher/designer for the Herman Miller Research Corporation, headed at that time by Robert Propst, inventor of another world's first: the Action Office system. Kelley worked side-by-side with Propst throughout the 60s and early 70s and played a pivotal role in the design of many Action Office components. During that time he also took up sailing, an avocation that dovetails nicely with his industrial design career. Both demand strict attention to detail, an understanding of obstacles, and a passion to overcome them. "I won't tolerate anything that doesn't work on a sailboat," he asserts, "so why would I tolerate anything that doesn't work in the office?" Kelley continues to turn that intolerance into functional and attractive products. After more than 40 years of designing for Herman Miller, at an age when many feel awash in the tidal wave of technological advance, Jack Kelley is riding its crest. Office/Studio Studio 222, Spring Lake, Michigan Awards/Recognition IDSA Design Award for Arrio freestanding systems furniture, 1997 ID magazine Annual Design Review Award for Flex-Edge, 1995 IDSA Design Award for Scooter stand, 1987 IBD Gold Award for Ethospace system, 1985 IDSA Design Excellence Award for Ethospace system, 1985 Roscoe Award for Ethospace system, 1985 IDSA Worldesign Congress Best Design, 1960-1985, for the Action Office system, 1985
|Scooter ® Stand with Solid Wood Top||22 - 30" H x 28" W x 14" D||Unavailable|
|Product Category:||Computer Carts And Stands|
|Style Options:||Desktop Computer Cart, Laptop Stand|
Herman Miller ® Scooter ® Stand with Solid Wood Top
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Herman Miller began in 1923 as a manufacturer of traditional residential furniture, became a leader in "modern" furniture in the 1930s and 1940s; developed lasting ties through the 1950s with legendary industrial designers who led the company in new directions; transformed the office furniture industry with the first panel system in the 1960s; invented and refined ergonomic work seating in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; reinvented the geometry of systems furniture in 2000, and is today the second largest office furniture company with customers and locations around the world. Their history of employee participation and ownership and technological innovation has long roots and continues to grow. They have always worked hard to be serious about both people and business. They look at their primary goal as creating great places to work.
George Nelson laid out five tenets of Herman Miller's design philosophy 50 years ago:
While fashion and style have their place, the main criterion for a Herman Miller product has remained constant: Does it truly solve a problem that people care about in a way that improves upon other solutions, or pioneers a new and better answer altogether? The answer is Yes.