Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America and world headquarters in Zeeland, Michigan and manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Founder, D.J. De Pree, committed Herman Miller to "modern" furniture in 1936 partly because he saw a moral dimension to Gilbert Rohde's clean designs, honest materials, and lack of ornamentation, which he felt was what ideal work spaces should be like. What began in 1923 as a mere manufacturing unit of traditional residential furniture, went on to being recognized as a leader in "modern" furniture making in the 1930s and 1940s; developed binding ties through the 1950s with now famous industrial designers leading them to carve new designs and trends in the world of business interiors. Due appreciation and loyal patrons worldwide followed and its modern furniture designs by the Eameses, Girard, Nelson, and Noguchi for home and business got critical acclaim. The 60s witnessed Robert Propst developing the world's first open-plan office furniture system followed by the radical 1970s Ergon chair; which introduced the concept of ergonomic design for office seating making Herman Miller a recognized innovator in contemporary home, healthcare and office furniture design
The revolution in office design continued in refined ergonomic work seating in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and the geometry of systems furniture got reinvented in 2000 making Herman Miller the second largest office furniture company with customers and locations worldwide. The year 1984 saw a major impetus behind Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick's Equa chair: a desire to give a reasonably priced, comfortable, good-looking chair to everybody in offices, not just the big boss.
Herman Miller and associates take a responsible stand on issues of humanity and equality too and strive towards making the place we work in, a better one: transforming furniture into a work of art and utility is what they. Innovation, design, operational excellence, smart application of technology and social responsibility: synonyms for Herman Miller Inc.
Herman Miller IncPosted on Mar 11, 2006