Collaborating for Impact
Herman Miller works to “improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn and live” – and that’s exactly what they’re helping us do! Last fall, Herman Miller and MASS joined forces to lead a furniture innovation workshop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti a weeklong collaboration focused on designing and producing thoughtful healthcare furniture for locations in the global south. The designs seek to improve dignity and patient comfort while maximizing infection control and performance. Together, MASS and Herman Miller are developing plans to design, locally-fabricate, user-test, and produce the furniture for facility-wide use.
One of MASS’s earliest partners in founding the MASS Lab, Shaw Contract Group has been integral to the development of MASS’s research and training programs that fuel our architecture and policy projects in the field. Shaw is a leader in healthcare markets, and rocks at meshing design with considerations for health environments. We’ve been working together on ways to integrate material development and hospital design discoveries in developing economies to help us make sure our work is impactful as possible but also to help us rethink how we develop product and design solutions for better health here in the US, too.
After working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative during the Butaro Hospital Project, MASS has committed to turning ideas into action through formalizing several projects as commitments through the Clinton Global Initiative. As advocates for the global south and simple, human-centered design solutions, these CGI Commitments enable us to continue to engage in the myriad forums and conferences in order to build systemic change.