Liveable Office Award 2017 - 2018

Submit your project before 15 Feb 2018 for a chance to win USD $5,000 cash prize and a trip to New York | 01.Nov.17

Herman Miller Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the return of our Liveable Office Awards 2017-2018. Entries can be submitted from 20th Nov 2017 to 15 Feb 2018. An independent panel of judges will shortlist entries in Feb 2018 and winners will be announced in March 2018.

The objective of this competition is to raise awareness around the importance of good workspace design for companies to leverage broader organisational goals. From the Awards’ first iteration in 2013, Herman Miller has captured the imagination of the commercial sector’s most active designers throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Putting some incredible design achievements on the map, the Herman Miller Liveable Office Awards have recognised the following standout projects last year:

  • The 2015-2016 winner for Small Medium Business / Co-working Space Award: Wantedly, Inc designed by DRAFT Inc.(Japan).

  • Donuts Co. Ltd. design by Flooat Inc.(Japan) took away the People’s Choice Award from online voters and Commercial Business – Workspace Design Award.

  • Short listed entries included Tenoha Daikanyama by Signal Inc.(Japan), Areocare Fitout by Ellivo Architects (Australia), Indeed by Cosmos More Co.,Ltd (Japan), Architectus MLC Studio by Architectus (Australia), Just Co@ Robinson Road by Siren Design (Singapore) and Reliance Jio by DWP Interics (India).

Herman Miller Liveable Office Award 2017-2018 Categories:

Commercial Business - Workspace Design Award
Winner receives 5,000 USD cash plus 4 headcounts visiting Herman Miller Flagship Store in New York.
(4 economy round trip tickets, hotel accommodations and main hospitality)

Co-working and Collaborative Space Award
Winner receives 4,000 USD cash plus 2 headcounts visiting Herman Miller Flagship Store in New York.
(2 economy round trip tickets, hotel accommodations and main hospitality)

Best Tech Award
Winner receives 10 headcounts of free subscriptions for Herman Miller Living Office Passport Service valid for 1 year.

People’s Choice Award
Winner receives the furniture sponsorship to refresh and optimise the workspace equivalent to USD 5,000 product value.

Work is no longer a place we go. It’s a thing we do – anywhere and anytime.

Workspace design used to revolve around how to accommodate technology and power rather than the user. With almost ubiquitous access to wireless data and diminishing sizes of devices, the role of the office has changed irrevocably to celebrate more human-centric values of our current era. The office of today needs to enable healthful work for individuals within a high-performance, responsive, empowering and ergonomic environment to encourage collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

“We find meaning and fulfilment in work. Working is about living your passion, and the workspace should empower everyone to be active contributors.”

Kartik Shethia
Vice President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific

The discipline of workspace design has entered a new phase. The role of the designer as well as those of the facility or workspace manager is quickly changing. Beyond just simple planning, designers are now part curators, scientists, and psychologists too, all carrying a high degree of understanding in the realms of business strategy, workflow and organisational design. More than ever before, the workplace emerges as a strategic lever for driving change. And now, designers and facility managers are at the forefront of bringing this to the attention of the C-Suite.

How to win

An independent panel of judges will rate each submission based on the five broad criteria

  • Sense of Belonging – Building Corporate Culture
  • Me-time - Enabling focus work in an open space
  • Together - Supporting various forms of collaboration
  • Human Centered – Health-positive working environment
  • Stewardship - Environmental responsibility

How to Participate

Complete the submission form on between 20 November 2017 and 15 February 2018 for your chance to win. Submit your work in either the Commercial Business Category or the Co-Working Space Category. Projects must be based in the Asia Pacific region and completed within the period from 1st January 2016 to 31 December 2017 and entry is only open to the organisations, not any individual within the companies.

Design firms may submit more than one submission with the permission of your project clients.

Enter your Submission

The Jury

Prof. Cees de Bont, PhD
Dean of School & Swire Chair Professor of Design
School of Design
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Cees de Bont is the Dean of the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Swire Chair Professor of Design. Prior to his appointment at PolyU, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In the PolyU School of Design, he introduced the master program: International Design and Business Management and the executive master program: Innovation Leadership. His research interests include: design education, consumer behavior, innovation adoption, design methods and networked innovation. He published papers in the ‘Journal of Product Innovation Management, Design Studies’, ‘Journal of Retailing’, ‘Journal of Economic Psychology’, ‘International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries’ and ‘Journal of Design, Business & Society’. Professor De Bont founded the Creative Industry Scientific Program on product-service systems (CRISP) and chaired the Dutch Innovation Centre for Electric Road Transport (D-incert). He was the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Design Institute for Social Innovation (DISI) at PolyU and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Center and of PMQ, a creative design hub for design talents.

Claire Beale, FDIA
DIA National President
Claire Beale FDIA Grad Cert TT&L, BA Textile
Design, BA Hons (Fine Art)

Claire Beale is a Melbourne-based textile designer, design educator and Programs Manager of the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) and Bachelor of Textiles (Design) (Hons) degree programs in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, Melbourne. She has a Grad Cert in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, BAs in Fine Art (Hons) and Textile Design, and is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD exploring ‘Conversation and ideation in cross disciplinary project management and curation: An investigation into the changing roles of the designer.’ In addition to being the current DIA National President, Claire is also a DIA Director and Chair of the DIA National Advisory Council. She collaborates with the team at the DIA to deliver trans-disciplinary events, programs and activities for design professionals with a focus on enabling them to enjoy their working lives, succeed in the business of design and advance the reputation of Australia as a Design Nation. Her wide-ranging experience in the fashion and textile industries encompasses design education, advocacy, commercial and bespoke design services, trend forecasting, visual merchandising, marketing, product development and retail operations.

Pradyumna Vyas
Director, National Institute of Design, India

Pradyumna Vyas acquired a Masters in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.In June 2010, Vyas was conferred with an Honorary Master of Arts Degree from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom in recognition of his contributions to design education and design promotion. Vyas has more than 33 years of professional and teaching experience in different spheres of design. Since the last 27 years, he has been associated with the National Institute of Design (NID) as a faculty in the Industrial Design discipline. In April 2009, he was appointed as the Director of the National Institute of Design.

Prior to joining NID, Vyas acquired three years overseas experience at the Kilkenny Design Centre, Republic of Ireland. In July 2011, Vyas was given the award for his outstanding contribution to design education at Asia’s Best School Award that was held at Singapore.

Raj Nandan
Managing Director and Publisher, Indesign Group Asia

Raj Nandan purchased his first magazine, Architectural Review Australia, at age 22 – a prelude to his boutique publishing house Indesign Media Asia Pacific (IMAP), which he launched only 7 years later. IMAP found immense success with Indesign magazine, which now circulates in 41 countries worldwide – one of a stable of highly respected design and architecture titles that also includes DQ (Design Quarterly) and Habitus. Adopting a cross-platform approach, IMAP is the driving force behind numerous design events including Sydney Indesign, and the highly successful website Indesignlive. A prominent and highly active member of the international design community, Nandan also sits on several boards, including the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, and the Advisory Board for Emergency Architects Australia.

Toshiaki Matsuoka
Chairman of Japan Society for Office Study (JOS)
The President/Management Consultant of Matsuoka Research Institute, Inc.

Toshiaki Matsuoka (Toshi) holds BA and MBA at KEIO University in Tokyo. After experience of Major Management Consulting Firm as a strategic consultant, he started his own strategic management consulting services, focusing on the Strategic Facility Management and CRE management since 1991 in Japan. He produced Facility Management Business Model and provided FM services to Fortune 500 Japanese companies. Toshi had been working at Nagoya University as the associate professor of the environment study from 2005 to 2016. He is a board member of JFMA (Japan Facility Management Association), and wrote 3 Japanese Facility Management Guidebooks as official textbook for FM certification program (CFMJ) and published Japanese edition of Facility Management Hand Book by David. G. Cotts. He is also the chairman of Japan Society for Office Study (JOS), and IFMA, Corenet Global Japan Chapter as Ex-chairman and an officer member.

As current activity, Toshi has been a FM expert member of ISO FM MSS 41000s as a representative of JFMA and MITI since 2012.

Kartik Shethia
Vice President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific

Kartik Shethia, Vice President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific is based in Hong Kong, the regional headquarter. Prior to his current role, he served the Work Business as Sales Director for Asia Pacific from 2015.

In Herman Miller Asia Pacific, Kartik has gathered insight and encompassed understanding of the commercial furniture industry and where the organizations are headed with respect to the way people work and the strategy of the workplace thereof in fast growing countries including India and China. Throughout his career in Herman Miller, Kartik believed “It is people who make an organization, we dedicate our time and resources in hiring, training and retaining the best. As do our customers, and we can help them by creating some great workplaces, with the knowledge we have accumulated over the last 100 plus years”.

Kartik is an alumnus of Symbiosis, Pune and XLRI Jamshedpur and has attended management programs at INSEAD.

Winners’ Circle

Shortlisted submissions will be published and exhibited. Invitations will be extended to the Award Ceremony in March 2018 at Tokyo Japan with the announcement of winners for each category. Winners stand to be part of a strong regional PR campaign promoting the importance of good workspace design.

Liveable Office Awards 2015 Project Highlights

Winner of the Small Medium / Co – Working Space Category
DRAFT Inc. for their Wantedly, Inc office project

Winner of the Commercial Business Category & People’s Choice Award
Flooat, Inc. for their Donuts Co. Ltd. Project

Best in Tech
Just Co @ Robinson Rd by Siren Design

Transform Asia Award
Reliance Jio by DWP Interics Pvt Ltd

The panel of judges – in itself a ‘who’s who’ of design leaders from the Asia Pacific region – nominated six finalists.

  1. Wantedly, Inc., Japan, by DRAFT Inc.
  2. Tenoha Daikanyama, Japan by Signal Inc.
  3. Areocare Fitout, Australia, by Ellivo Architects
  4. Donuts Co. Ltd., Japan by Flooat Inc.
  5. Indeed, Tokyo, Japan, Cosmos More Co., Ltd
  6. Architectus MLC Studio, Australia, by Architectus
  7. Just Co @ Robinson Rd, Singapore by Siren Design
  8. Reliance Jio, India by DWP Interics Pvt Ltd

Statement from Winner – Flooat Inc.

“We feel there is a significant meaning attached to a brand that has achieved an international renown. As such, we thank Herman Miller for organising such an award within this office design industry. As a small design firm ourselves, we feel privileged to have been able to compete against the best of the best design firms throughout the Asian region. We are grateful to have participated in this competition and for being given the opportunity to understand what projects other design firms are working on. It was an enriching experience to listen to their presentations and discover the many and varied philosophical approaches to office design, today.

We are delighted to learn that our workplace for Floaat INC is greatly appreciated by the company’s employees. The workplace is deliberately left incomplete for the workers to recreate their own workplace according to their workstyle, which they feel best empowers them to realize their full potential. It was an honour to hear all the positive comments from the judges and we look forward to seeing how the Herman Miller Liveable Office Awards will continue to be an inspiration to lead the office design industry in Japan”

Yumika Yoshida, Design Director

Statement from Winner – DRAFT Inc.

“For us, "Liveable Office" is a workplace that does not restrict the workers' work styles.

It is essential to give the employees the flexibility and choice to select how and where they want to work according to the tasks they have at hand. From those choices, collaboration flourishes and new ideas are generated. These two effects are, what we believe, to be the central concepts at the heart of ‘the Liveable Office’.

Office design should be original and unique to respond to the unique personality of every organization. Companies continue to understand that their corporate identity is a truly individual one, and it is increasingly becoming a deciding factor in engaging individual employees to collaborate in a broader team culture. Liveable Office Awards has given us the opportunity to reconsider and further deepen our vision on office design for the contemporary end-user.

It is a great honour to have been awarded winner of the small & medium business category, amongst all the rightly celebrated design firms in the APAC region alongside of whom we were shortlisted. We'd like to continue inspiring the office design industry by delivering exciting design in to workplaces. Thank you.”

Taiju Yamashita, Interior Designer / CEO

Project Wantedly, Inc., Japan designed by DRAFT Inc.

“The usage of the light, here, is truly unique. Their structural design within enables the whole space to become coherent. And in fact, the lights themselves became a very special feature that caught our (the judges) attention”

Kelley Cheng, The Press Room

Statement from the Judges

“Having been on several juries over the years, the quality of submissions was the highlight. It was often difficult to determine the clear winner as submissions were all so high in standard. The expertise on the jury panel also ensured an independent and fair assessment across the board. This coupled with the enthusiasm of the Herman Miller team: a vote of confidence to make the Liveable Office Initiative a “go to” benchmark in this region. “
Raj Nandan, CEO and Founder of Indesign Media Asia Pacific.

“It was a great pleasure to join the journey of the Liveable Office Awards’ final judging. I was deeply impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions. They not only enrich our imagination of future working environments, but also indicate the new trends on working cultures: more creative, more human-centered, more collaborative, and more sustainable.”
Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi, Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University.

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