Herman Miller announced a collaborative partnership with MASS Design Group (MASS), which includes an employee volunteer program where Herman Miller lends resources and employee support to MASS projects in Rwanda and Haiti. Herman Miller will also sponsor a fellow in an upcoming MASS Design Group fellowship program.
MASS Design Group, started by alumni of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, has in a very short time become a leading organization pushing the boundaries of how design and architecture can contribute to improving the health outcomes and lives of people in some of the world's poorest and most resource-limited communities. In collaboration with Partners in Health, an international global health NGO founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, MASS has designed innovative, inexpensive, and effective healthcare facilities in places such as Rwanda, Haiti and Liberia. Through their approach, they have boosted economic empowerment by engaging the local communities in the construction and maintenance of these facilities, and reduced the risk of disease transmission by completely rethinking the typical layout of a healthcare facility.
"This partnership is an ideal way to support an exciting organization that shares a similar philosophy on how space can contribute to better health" said Beth Nickels, President of Herman Miller Healthcare.
With emphasis on human-centered design grounded in immersive understanding of human-behavior and local and spatial context, the MASS partnership with Herman Miller and Herman Miller Healthcare is a strong fit. Herman Miller Healthcare understands that the power of space contributes to positive patient outcomes and healthier communities. That understanding has led Herman Miller Healthcare to design spaces and products that respond to the realities of caregivers. And with Herman Miller's commitment to building a better world around you, partnering with MASS Design Group is a clear opportunity to leverage the company's skills, knowledge, and collective spirit, to help meet the needs of others in communities and societies all around the world.
"Call it serendipity, fate, or perfect timing, but shared values and a shared approach to human-centered design have brought MASS Design Group and Herman Miller together...the partnership feels very right," said John Kim, Herman Miller's Better World marketing manager.