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Work. Everywhere. Anywhere.
Designed for the Asia Pacific market, Arras was created by the Herman Miller Asia Research and Development group. Motivated by our nomadic yet socially connected lifestyle, enabled by technological advancement, and inspired by our innate desire for beautiful objects – we present our irresistible take on the workspace for the future – Arras™.
In extensive user-needs reviews conducted in Tokyo, Sydney and every other major city in the Asia Pacific region, conversations with customers, architects and designers helped us to reinvent the workplace experience.
Let’s Celebrate Beauty
Why are organizations moving towards benching solutions? What do users truly and deeply value How does the work environment influence behaviour?
Motivated by our nomadic yet socially connected lifestyle, enabled by technological advancement, and inspired by our innate desire for beautiful objects we present our irresistible take on the workspace for the future: Arras
A Benchmark Solution
Our exceptional bench solution is based on 5 key requirements:
1. Minimal under-structure
2. Privacy on demand
3. Democratic power access
4. Accessible Accessories
5. User-needs driven storage solutions
Arras promises a free and easy solution: one should be able to sit anywhere and at any time; your decision informed by work schedule, available space, the nature of your task, relationships with others and of course, personal preference.
Freedom to sit anywhere fosters the organic development of relationships; sit near someone you enjoy being with, or someone you need to learn to like a lot more.
The Arras intermediate leg structure is recessed inward 500mm along the entire bench length, with pedestals re-adjustable to any position, providing comfortable leg room for all users.
Face value can be even more important than you think. We believe that a functionally exceptional bench deserves a visually compelling face.
We are social creatures, and the more online and other instant messaging tools we have access to, the more we crave genuine face to face interaction.
The Arras extension worksurface provides a sanctioned space to catch up over coffee at a convenient distance from your work area. An ideal spot for collaborative work, there is plenty of leg room, just in case a crowd gathers!
No Reservations Required
Invite conversations to your desk by making it the hot zone for people to gather around. Free from any cumbersome understructure, Arras Float extends your personal worksurface with a 500mm x 500mm platform – perfect for impromptu discussion and small social gatherings. Despite its petite size, the float can hold up to 120kg concentrated weight load.
Pivot Wing Access
Access to power, an essential everyday requirement, is made easier and more satisfying by thoughtful engineering that puts user experience first and above everything else.
The Arras power channel features pivoting wings that open smoothly, and recede gently into a vertical pocket to remain uplifted as you wish, and return to the closed position with a soft, reassuring click.
Democratic Power Access
The inside is as good as the outside.
With metal segregation of power and data lines, and lay-in management of cables throughout the entire length of the bench, the Arras has generous provision for at least 160 CAT cables. It is equipped with various types of mounting plates, allowing for regional variation in power outlets, including those with the universal plug face.
For those working on nomadic schedules, and accustomed to carrying various adaptors to suit a range of environments, the generous vertical clearances within the channel allow the use of almost any adaptor available worldwide.
Dematerialization is one of the primary development criteria that informs our careful material selection. It is our responsibility as product designers to minimise the materials and processes we use in achieving our objective, in order to lower the carbon footprint of the products we create.
Heelblade and Glasblade
To create resonance with the way we live and work, our design team takes inspiration from the simple objects found in our homes.
Arras Heelblade in knitted fabric provides homespun colour and textures providing comfort and attenuating the workplace atmosphere with reassuring softness.
In contrast, the Arras Glasblade delivers sexy urban allure with a frameless sheath of crystal clear glass and crisp laser bevelled edge
Privacy on Demand
We should not assume that everyone wants privacy, in fact, people naturally need and crave conversation with others.
Arras sideblades provide flexible positioning of side screens for privacy on demand, delivering aesthetic ingenuity within a functional frame.
When ownership is not entirely clear, we engage in social negotiation, hopefully leading to a better understanding of those we interact with.
The Arrasped is a clear demonstration of the language within the Arras vocabulary.
Cleverly engineered into separable painted components, designers have the freedom to colour customize the Arrasped by specifying variable colours for the body, back panel, drawer fronts and pulls.
Our intelligent design can bring ‘play’ in to work where spontaneous shared moments break the monotony of long hours at the bench.
Bringing the Outside Inside
Nature nourishes all of our senses, and on the bench natural foliage is perfect for creating permeable privacy whilst providing a soothing visual treat.
Arras planters can create a verdant garden or well trimmed hedge on the bench itself. With a moulded plastic liner to hold excess liquids, it safely and naturally enriches the workspace.
Can your office be a leafy sanctuary?
Arras delivers an imaginative and gorgeous palette of photogenic colours and finishes to accommodate almost every taste.
Some will gravitate to the sportswear-inspired yellow against masculine gray, others to a fabulous kaleidoscope of pink, turquoise and canopy green, and others again may insist on the pure and natural textures of bamboo set against crisp white.
With our fifteen fabulous new colours, we can bring a smile back into the workplace!
Arras™ is designed for durability and ease of churn, carrying our comprehensive Herman Miller 12-year, 3-shift warranty.
The design of Arras is guided and informed by Herman Miller Design for Environment protocol.
Every component in Arras can be easily disassembled for end of life management and no components are chemically bonded. Arras does not use of PVC or any other toxic material, has verifiable recycled content exceeding 50% by weight, and is BIFMA X7.1 certified as a low emission product that meets indoor air quality standards.
Rapid renewable materials like bamboo and strawboard worksurfaces as well as FSC certified Greenfirst and EO worksurfaces are all available.