Herman Miller has partnered with automaker Nissan to help create a new mobile office concept car. Nissan recently unveiled the 2021 Nissan NV350 Office Pod Concept, a concept car equipped with a full office set up that enables drivers to work from anywhere—all while sitting in a Herman Miller Cosm Chair.
The concept combined the NV350 Caravan, a business van, with the Office Pod, offering the chance to work at a desk wherever you want in accordance with the free working style of the future, the company said. The exterior features front and back protective fenders and body graphics. The interior includes a modified Herman Miller Cosm. The office can be stored inside the car for a private and safe space in the city or, while in nature, pulled out through the back gate. A roof balcony is accessible from the interior.
“The idea of a distributed workforce and the ability for people to work from locations outside of the office is not a new concept,” says Ryan Anderson, Vice President of Global Research and Insights. “However, the permission to do so has never been greater. The COVID-19 pandemic helped employers to gain greater trust in the viability of remote working, and while it gave many a newfound appreciation of how great it is to be together in the office, it also sparked many imaginative new ideas about other places where work can happen. This has resulted in new opportunities for workers to lead untethered lives while forging stronger bonds between employees and their employers. 2021 has ushered in the WFA – work from anywhere – era.”
“We were thrilled when approached and asked to partner on this concept,” said Ben Matsuzaki, Managing Director, Herman Miller Japan. “We pride ourselves in creating products that will help people remain healthy and productive everywhere. Given how much working has changed for so many over the last year, the idea of equipping a vehicle to be an office offers a glimpse of how the current distributed workforce may evolve as the world opens up. In fact, being able to travel and find healthy ways of balancing our careers and our desire to better connect with the world around us might just be a new way of working we didn’t know we needed.”