The Herman Miller Story

Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of our customers and our employees. Innovative ways to improve the performance of our customers organizations have become our hallmark.

Our award-winning furniture and related services and technologies are available through dealers, retailers, and e-commerce websites around the world. Whether your world is an office, a school, a home, or a hospital and whether you are a customer, an employee, a shareholder, or a member of our community we work hard to create a better world around you. We became a public company in 1970. Net sales in fiscal year 2016 were approximately $2.26 billion. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR. www.hermanmiller.com

In 1923, a Michigan business man, Herman Miller, was persuaded by his son in law, D.J. De Pree, to buy a majority interest in the Michigan Star Furniture Company, which they later renamed Herman Miller. That purchase changed the furniture history of America for businesses and consumers for over 100 years.

The company manufactured furniture for exclusively for homes until 1930. The Great Depression changed the company in many ways. They moved from traditional furniture to modern furniture for the masses.

In 1939, the company created the Executive Office Group and starting to manufacture office furniture. They employed many modern furniture designers, such as George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, and Charles and Ray Eames. Herman Miller began to take shape as a well-respected modern furniture company.

During the second half of the twentieth century, the company continued to build upon its established relationships and introduced new designers to the company that created even more award-winning Herman Miller furniture. Isamu Noguchi entered the Herman Miller family of designers in 1948 with his sculptural glass-topped coffee table, and Alexander Girard joined forces with the company in 1951 to lead the company’s Textile Division. As more and more pieces began to enter the Herman Miller furniture collection, the country and soon the world began to take notice. In 1956, Herman Miller made national television on The Today Show by introducing the Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles Eames.

With breakthrough technology, like PostureFit, the company has created award-winning chairs like the Aeron and Mirra Chairs for use in the home or office. Organizations around the world recognize and respect Herman Miller for its excellence in design. Named the Most Admired company in its industry by Fortune magazine over a dozen times, Herman Miller continues to gain admiration as an innovative company known for quality products built with the user in mind.