Cranston Public Schools commissioned Fielding International to devise a district-wide master plan that would “transform their aging building stock into modern, responsive learning environments.” Building on our work with Fielding Nair for the Chappaqua School District in New York, Milder Furniture worked closely with the architects on the much-lauded pilot project for Eden Park Elementary School.
Fielding International specializes in designing schools where learners thrive. And we know that students thrive in environments that promote flexibility.
Similarly, Milder Furniture designs products that give students and teachers the flexibility to reconfigure classroom setups and encourage collaboration. Solutions include storage units with mobile carts for lessons on the go, maker furniture, and products that serve multiple functions.
The Curved Bookcase is open to both sides.
Storage walls come in single or double-sided.
The large storage compartment is enclosed with sliding doors finished in white board laminate. The compartment is divided into four sections and can be specified with adjustable shelves and/or wire mesh baskets. The lower section is configured to store project carts.
All panels in 3/4” birch plywood. Transparent film or UV lacquer finish.
Doors with whiteboard HPL overlay. Vertical supports in 1 1/6”Ø aluminum tubing.
Available in sizes: 90W x 30D x 80H, single sided
122W x 30D x 80H, single sided 192W x 40D x 80H, Double sided
Storage can be specified with adjustable shelves and/or wire mess baskets. The baskets make it easy to keep lesson materials together.
Mobile storage comes with doors, drawers, or baskets. These mobile units can move with students to where the activity is happening or to another classroom.
Butcher Block Shop Table with casters.
Pull-out Bin Storage.
Tall Basket Cart
Teacher lockers with perforated aluminum screens are available in a range of sizes and lock options.
Shaped Counter Table
The curved bookcase is designed with libraries and schools in mind; it’s curved shape provides an inviting space to browse, lounge, and read. The storage unit has three levels: shelves accessible from two sides, offering ample storage for books, and more. The curved bookcase can have up to six segments and can be specified as small units.
All panels in 3/4” birch plywood.
Choice of transparent film or UV lacquer finishes.
Vertical supports in 1 1/6″ Ø aluminum tubing. On levelers.
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Client: Parsons School of Design Architect: Rice + Lipka Architects
The Parsons School of Design Making Center, spanning 2 floors and 35,000SF, is a sprawling, dynamic hub for students to work side by side on projects as diverse as fashion, product design, architecture, print making – with the goal of “fostering a new generation of creators”. Milder Office worked closely with the Parsons School of Design team to develop furniture solutions that are durable, attractive and adaptable. Serving as both studio and classroom, with on site training and technical support for a wide range of tools, the Making Center is sure to inspire collaboration across disciplines.
Re-designed for a shop and maker environment, our Maker Series offers a robust reboot of the Milder Furniture System and includes tables in a variety of finishes including butcher block and Trespa, tool carts and mobile storage partitions units. All types are mobile, and the spaces are re-configured throughout the day, at will, by both students and instructors as they like, offering a truly adaptable learning space.
The aptly named Tool Cage is a central storage depot for hand tools and materials, where students can sign out equipment or pick up toolkits for their class. The Milder tool carts provide a convenient way to store and transport the tool laden wire baskets throughout the Making Center.
Some two dozen oversized Mobile Storage Partitions are dispersed throughout the Making Center, providing a convenient whiteboard and display surface for instruction and class presentations. Some of the units serve as temporary storage for student projects and materials, while others are used by the instructors to store their class supplies securely. Despite their size, the MSP units are easy to move and are sometimes ganged to create temporary walls.
For wet areas in maker spaces, print shops, and laboratory use, we recommend TRESPA tops. The tabletop is available in a range of sizes and comes 1” thick in white or black Trespa. We design with durability in mind. The pipe base with crossbars and diagonal struts creates a strong self-supporting base to which the trespa top is clipped.
Subframe in 3/4” birch plywood. Vertical supports and crossbars 1 3/8” Ø aluminum tubing, brushed and anodized finish. On levelers or 5” Ø fully locking casters.
Tops are also available in 1” thick birch plywood with HPL or FORBO desktop linoleum overlay.
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Client: Maryland Institute College of Art
The renowned art and design university offers its students learning environments that are responsive to variety of teaching methodologies. Some departments encourage group work by providing a open plan studio setting with furniture that is easily reconfigured to suit different modalities. To that end, the Critical Studies Department relies on our T-partitions (mobile whiteboards), mobile storage partition units, and worktables.
Other programs, for example illustration and graphic design, foster individual development, and need to provide their students with private work spaces.
Milder Office also furnished office spaces for MICA faculty and administrators.
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Client: Parsons The New School for Design
The Urban and Transdisciplinary Design Studio is reconfigured throughout the day by students and faculty for different courses and studios. All Milder Furniture in this dynamic space is mobile and responsive to small and large group settings.
The Mobile Storage Partitions support project classwork, and can be ganged and partition the space when needed. Tables are easily reconfigured to support large and small team meetings.
Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architect: Perkins + Will (formerly Signer Harris Architects)
Signer Harris Architects came to Milder Office with unique request, to design a library table that could transform into a carrel with privacy panels in order to provide greater privacy for students cramming at the end of the semester. The architects had conducted interviews and surveys of students and faculty and concluded that the existing furniture did not satisfied the students changing needs throughout the semester. Milder Office designed the Convertible Carrel in response.
The Convertible Carrel uses a piston mechanism to flip the tabletop upwards to reveal a secondary work-surface and privacy panels; a reading table converts to a semi-private study carrel. These two furniture-solutions-in-one supports individual learning as well as group work and greatly enhance the functionality and usage of the 5th Floor Reading Room.
Collegeprowler.com (College guides written by students) listed the Stratton Center Reading Room as the “Best Place to Study” on the MIT campus. One student writes, “In terms of places to study, the Student Center has a reading room, where almost everyone convenes for a quiet place to study for midterms and finals. Besides all of that, there are conference rooms where groups often hold meetings.” Library Carrel – Study Carrel – Library furniture – Educational furniture
Milder Office also furnished meeting rooms, students lounges, as well as short term lockers for this popular study hall.
Client: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
The Game Innovation Lab, part of the Center of Innovation for Technology and Entertainment Center (CITE), accommodates classroom learning, research, and gathering areas designed for maximum flexibility and mobility in a tight physical envelope. To quote CITE, “The Game Innovation Lab is an exciting, dynamic and flexible space for research and learning that takes games as an innovation challenge.”
The space is used both as a classroom and as a student laboratory, and the furniture is regularly reconfigured to support both functions. When workshops are conducted, the tables are placed in pairs for small team work, while the standard the classroom setup has all the tables ganged together as a single block. The Mobile Storage Partitions are assigned to individual graduate students and offer lockable storage, hangers, and whiteboard on both sides to support their project work.