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    Douglas Ball

    Douglas Ball began his career as a consultant with Sunar, a former Canadian company that initially designed all kinds of products, "but because I was most interested in furniture, that's the direction we both headed," says Ball.

    Douglas Ball

    Douglas Ball graduated from Ontario College of Art and began his career as a consultant with Sunar, a former Canadian company that initially designed all kinds of products, "but because I was most interested in furniture, that's the direction we both headed," says Ball.

    Although the designer has spent most of his career in office furniture, transportation for the disabled has also held his interest. In fact, through a serendipitous set of circumstances, he once designed a wheelchair for the Queen Mother of Oman. He introduced his first office furniture system, Race, for Sunar, back in 1980, and his Clipper CS-1, a self-contained, encapsulated computer workstation, is in the permanent collection of the British Design Museum in London.

    For My Studio Environments for Herman Miller, he basically reinvented the existing systems paradigm by creatively combining the complex and contradictory features of the private office and the open cubicle. "Workers have not only had to give up offices with doors, they've also had to give up space," says Ball. "So my goal was to optimize their work area so it feels larger than it really is. I want people to come in on Monday morning and be happy that they're there."

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