History & Scope of Operations
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him.
By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.
Products & Systems
Today, in addition to our classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. A publicly held company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, we have manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries.
We operate through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Geiger International, and independently owned dealerships. All of them work to design and build a better world around you.
Always’ easy form has been designed to compliment any interior no matter what the style; the 5 different base options facilitate this even further. Always is meticulously proportioned to offer a positive back support with a comfortable enclosed feeling. The organic form of Always feels as good as it looks from every angle; it uses contemporary engineered foam techniques to provide the fine shape without compromising comfort and durability. Always has been engineered for beautiful upholstery whatever the fabric or leather.
Using a minimum of materials in a maximally inventive way, the Crosshatch Chair employs both handcraft and technology to achieve alluringly refined results. Designed by EOOS, the Vienna-based studio that has received more than 70 international awards, including the coveted Italian Compasso d’Oro, Crosshatch is lightweight and transparent, extremely easy to pull up for a desk-side chat or to relax around a cocktail table. The parachute cord is available in several colors, the frame in a selection of natural woods.
A landscape to approach from all angles, Rhyme is a modular seating system that can be used as a simple island or used to create ad-hoc zones within a space. Each of the 5 pieces in the range have the same trapezoid footprint to allow easy planning — get creative and make your own Rhyme landscape.
Herman Miller’s remastered Aeron retains the distinctive silhouette of the iconic chair, but every component of the design has been updated to raise the bar for performance seating. With the input of original co-designer Don Chadwick, and a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, materials specialists, and researchers who worked on the project for over two years, Herman Miller has enhanced the chair by combining the latest insights in anthropometrics and ergonomics with two decades of advancement in materials, manufacturing, and technology. The resulting chair is recognisably an Aeron, but features stronger and smarter materials, better adjustment capabilities, intuitive controls, enhanced aeration, and a health-positive, more comfortable sit.
We asked designer Yves Béhar to design a highly affordable chair that would incorporate everything Herman Miller is known for—beautiful design, first-class ergonomics, elegant engineering, and respect for the environment. Good design, healthy support, and exceptional value are always attractive—and Sayl delivers all three. By using smart engineering to transform simple materials, we were able to make Sayl attainable for more people.
The typical chair design story goes like this: Start with an idea for a chair and shape it into the world around you. But, in designing Setu, Studio 7.5 in Berlin let the world around us shape the contours and performance of the Setu chair. It’s inspiration through observation. The function and contours of Setu were shaped by the world around us. The designers of Studio 7.5 observed the ways technology has changed how we work, where we work, and how we move throughout the day.
The Noguchi Rudder Table is both surface and sculpture. Its asymmetrical yet balanced composition marries nature with industry, beauty with function. The shape of its veneered top and the combination of metal and wood legs are true to Noguchi’s original design. Two subtle metal hairpin legs suggest the top rests on the rudder-shaped leg, lending a visual lightness and grace to the whole.
Sold by the likes of MOMA in New York, the trace table range is simply a modern classic that speaks for itself. Suffice to say, the immaculate hand made steel frame and repetition of shapes make trace an exquisitely balanced form. Historically seen with a clear glass top, trace works equally well with opulent or contrasting materials recessed flush into the frame. Use trace in the standard sizes in any interior or talk to us about a bespoke size to suit your specific requirements.
Most storage units have interiors fitted to decades-old proportions. Recognizing this problem, Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld set about creating a smartly edited array of modules that efficiently answer all of today’s needs. Creating Domino from the inside out by no means meant Weinfeld neglected the exterior. Beautiful detailing and craftsmanship are everywhere apparent: from the artful veneer application to the mitered corners. Domino is finished on all sides and can serve as a divider between a living and dining room as well as in an open plan office and is available in 26- and 40-inch heights, two-, three-, or four-units wide, and in six formatting options. Finish options include walnut, santos palisander, and ebony, with chrome or satin chrome trim with a solid white ash interior.
An assortment of lights in various spherical silhouettes, the Nelson Bubble Lamps add a touch of softness and luminosity to interiors. Designed by George Nelson in 1952, these elegant fixtures are fashioned from a sturdy, lightweight steel frame yet have a delicate, floating quality, whether in ceiling-hung, floor, table, or wall-mounted variations. Nelson was inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps that he wanted to acquire for his office, but he found the price to be prohibitive. An ingenious and resourceful designer, he went on to create the first set of Nelson Bubble Lamps using a translucent white plastic spray, a technique developed by the U.S. military at the time. Nelson drew from elemental, organic shapes in making variations like the Apple Bubble Pendant, the Pear Wall Sconce, the Lotus Table lamp, and the Saucer Pendant Lamp, among others.