Herman Miller Reach Beijing 2016 - Realize Your Potential



Ballroom C-D, 2F, Nuo Hotel, Beijing


10:00 - 18:00


A Herman Miller design festival

Herman Miller goes on the road with REACH 2016. Traveling to Beijing, Manila, Bangalore, Tokyo and Melbourne – REACH, a Herman Miller Design festival aims to connect the design community in each city and bring together thought leaders to share, learn from each other and celebrate the power of design. We have an exciting line up of international and regional designers, speakers and insight leaders presenting at each of the events. This year we focus on issues that affect businesses on workspace strategy and design.


Experience Herman Miller Living Office

  • Experience Herman Miller Living Office
  • Try the new Activity and Keyn Chair
  • Learn more about Collaborative spaces with Exclave
  • Optimis approaches workstation design with new accessories and customisable options
  • Try Passport live and test new features Interactive Map and content pages

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Herman Miller Presents

1600 - Minimalism & Sustainability - Jack Wang, POSH Design Lab, Herman Miller APAC
1615 - The Decentralized Office - Ray Yuen, Woods Bagot
1630 - Supporting technology in the Living Office and beyond - Martin Colenutt, Colebrook Bosson Saunders
1645 - Innovation is a state of mind - Amanda Stanaway, Woods Bagot
1700 - Mind Share: Understanding Collaborative Work – Samantha Giam, Herman Miller APAC
1715 - Next Generation Smart Desk – Scott Emerson, Herman Miller APAC
1730 - Herman Miller Keyn - Richard Stevens, forpeople
1800 - End

Minimalism & Sustainability

Jack Wang
Head of Design and Development, POSH Design Lab, Herman Miller APAC

Minimalism --- to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. It is a design orientation, as well as a sustainable call.
Beyond the "elimination of negative environmental impact", sustainable design must create meaningful innovations that can shift behaviour. A dynamic balance between economy and society, intended to generate long-term relationships between user and object and finally to be respectful and mindful of the environmental and social differences.

The Decentralized Office

Ray Yuen
Design Principal, Woods Bagot

Technology have changed the way we work, we are no longer bound to ‘the office’ for work. In the digital age ‘the office’ is decentralized with a multiplicity of spaces that we access. Hence the identity and functionality of the ‘workplace’ must adapt to keep up with this pace of change.

Supporting Technology in the Living Office and Beyond

Martin Colenutt
Managing Director, Colebrook Bosson Saunders

Colebrook Bosson Saunders has a long history of pioneering designs that have influenced how technology is used in the workplace. Hear first-hand how it has grown into a $50 million+ dollar global business and see the latest product developments that will fit into both the Living Office and the wider public environment.

Innovation is a state of mind

Amanda Stanaway
Design Principal, Woods Bagot

The world is changing and the way we create ideas, craft work spaces and drive place making is revolutionizing.  The most progressive organizations are focused on how to optimize human performance and harness creativity. A need to enable innovation is driving a new generation workplaces that are hackable, flexible, playful and focused on experience and this needs us all to recognize that innovation is ‘more’ than a state of mind.

Mind Share: Understanding Collaborative Work

Samantha Giam
Director of Living Office, Herman Miller APAC

Organizations today rely on collaborative teams for the innovation that fuels profitability, but struggle to provide work environments that help their people work and think together. The workplace can enhance collaboration by optimizing social interaction, through the use of analog as well as digital tools, and by allowing for free movement and postural change.

Next Generation Smart Desk

Scott Emerson
Category Manager- Furniture, Herman Miller APAC

T2 is a mobile, height-adjustable table with an adventurous personality and a highly intelligent core engine that responds to your needs, and your choices. In T2, digital technology combines with self- monitoring features and ergonomics to facilitate different postures throughout the day – from sit to stand, and from quiet time to engaging with others – and to quantify how you work, supporting an agile workspace and personal wellbeing.

Herman Miller Keyn Chair

Richard Stevens
Founder and Creative Director, forpeople

All chairs are for people. But some chairs are better designed for people than others. As designers, our first task is always to find out as much as we can about who we are designing for and why. Then, everything we create should be based on our understanding of the total experience. Because design never happens in isolation, people experience design as part of their everyday lives, so that’s the way we have to think about it.

Connecting Lead Dinner

(Exclusive dinner for invited guests with reserved seats)

Humans Versus Machine
Artificial Intelligence: What it will and won't do for business

Alexander Van Kemenade
Director, Customer Research Greater China, Economist Intelligence Unit
Ever since the introduction of power looms in the late 1700s, fear of machines has dominated mankind’s imagination. Yet, automation has time and again proved its ability to complement, as well as substitute, human activity. At the dawn of the 21st century, it is not just human limbs that machines seek to replicate, but human minds. Increases in computing power, the proliferation of data, and the invention of intelligent algorithms mean that many human decisions can be delegated to a piece of software. 2016 saw a number of breakthroughs in AI. What do these advances signal about AI development? How will AI disrupt business going forward? And how should businesses ensure that they ride the wave of AI development?

IOT and Quantified Workspace

Samantha Giam
Director of Living Office, Herman Miller APAC

Is your workspace investment producing expected results? Herman Miller Passport is an innovative solution to capture utilisation pattern by teams and settings. Passport employs ibeacon protocol together with a unique mobile application to collect reliable utilisation and occupancy data. It helps our clients work towards a higher performance workspace driving collaboration and productivity.

The End of China copycat

Shaun Rein
Managing Director, China Market Research Group

Renowned author Shaun Rein speaks for the first time in Beijing on his book "The End of Copycat China" at REACH Beijing - Connecting Leaders Executive Dinner on the 24th June. He will be sharing unique insights on how China's dramatic shift toward consumption presents a tremendous opportunity for foreign business, and as local competitors focus on innovation, companies need new strategies to keep pace with the changing consumer environments.

Product Highlights

Activity Chair

Workspaces are changing to support new modes of work. New ways of working are leading us to agile environments that promote collaboration, creativity and productivity. Flexibility helps build self-empowerment – especially when it comes to where you work. Activity features a weight-sensitive mechanism that responds to your body automatically and delivers comfort in an instant.


Group spaces that encourage engagement and productivity are more important than ever, yet our research shows that up to two-thirds are avoided. Exclave is designed to remove the frictions that inhibit engagement and productivity. A broad range of applications that include mobile accessories like white boards, pin boards, technology and video conferencing support that hang up on modular rails and a range of unique shape standing and seating height desks – Exclave brings higher performance to collaboration and enhances creativity thinking.

Optimis Desking System

Optimis celebrates the joy of creating by focusing on simple materials like paper and sheet metal that can be designed to focus highly robust and architectural objects. POSH Design Lab also took their cues from origami techniques, or the Japanese art of folding paper. The end result is a unique desking solution that is highly functional and less impactful on the environment. Optimis is the first desking platform with an open source platform for paper accessories.


Based on the belief that the more people connect, the better they work, Public transforms every part of the office—including individual desks—into places for collaboration. Public can be used to create settings to support casual work and to provide comfort at the desk, in circulation spaces, and in group areas— all within a consistent design vocabulary.


T2 is a next-generation smart desk that embraces the potential of Internet of Things for workspaces. Combining an app-driven digital experience with a hardworking desking solution, T2 elevates the art of stand-up work to new heights. T2 moves and moves. As a mobile, height-adjustable workpoint, T2 is highly adaptive and forms part of a ‘hackable’ solution that empowers users to create their own spaces. Combining user-centric sensitivity, an above-desk technology manager and completely concealed cable management, T2 is unlike any other desk ever made.

Other Regional Events
20th - 21st July REACH Manila
27th - 28th July REACH Bangalore
3rd - 4th August REACH Tokyo
14th - 15th Sept REACH Melbourne