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Human needs

We believe that we have needs as people that we try to meet in the spaces that we occupy. At times, it can be difficult to describe or define what people want or need. People are often unsure themselves. But after decades of experience thinking about human needs and creating furniture to support them, we've focused on meeting four fundamental human needs.


Connection lies at the very heart of what makes us human. These sort of places are where you come to know and be known - to belong. Places to connect create the context for unexpected conversations and organic community. We believe people are better together, and connection brings us together.


The right places have the power to ignite discovery. We believe discovery is a fundamental human need, because the places that inspire us to discover help us imagine new ideas, information, and ways of thinking - changing the way we approach our lives.


Whether you're alone or closely alongside others, places to focus are places to get things done. Focus means bringing things together - people ideas, information. When we bring things together we can work "in the zone" and solve problems we otherwise couldn't.


Balance matters. From catching your breath on your own to sharing a reflective moment with someone else, these are places that feed your energy and help you heal. Restoration can be both active and passive, sometimes processing or planning, sometimes just recharging your physical, mental, and emotional batteries.