Herman Miller and Theater Solutions, Inc. Bring Fixed-Seating to Campus

July 27, 2011

Partnership Extends Use of Caper Multipurpose Chair

Herman Miller, Inc. is broadening the application of its Caper family of chairs through an alliance with fixed seating manufacturer Theater Solutions, Inc. (TSI). The company announced today that Caper—recognized in education environments for its light scale, ease of mobility and clean design—will now join Aeron and Equa as a fixed-seating solution through Theatre Solutions, Inc (TSI).

Since its debut in 1999, higher education has consistently been Caper's single largest customer segment. The new alliance expands Caper's application capability on campus. "A fixed-seating solution for auditoriums and lecture spaces was a natural step," said Pete Phillips, Herman Miller's Portfolio Lead for the Seating Category. "Our alliance with TSI was instrumental in extending the Caper family to include fixed-seating and to offering a solution that enhances the learning experience in an ergonomic, durable and cost-conscious way."

Caper balances sustainable design with durability for affordable multipurpose seating. Drawing on Herman Miller's extensive understanding of work chairs, Caper fixed-seating, available in several colors, features a contoured, flexible seat and back to evenly distribute weight, minimize pressure points, and let the sitter move freely. Ideal for auditoriums and amphitheaters, both the seat and the back are perforated with small holes to keep the sitter cool for the duration of a lecture or presentation. Paired with TSI's heavy-duty, engineered memory column, Caper's linear movement is controlled, ensuring all maneuvers are smooth and silent.

"Herman Miller continues to expand our solution capabilities for our education customers," said Jeff Vredevoogd, Director, Herman Miller Education. "This new capability allows our clients to tap into the strengths of our Caper offer as a mobile, colorful, comfortable, affordable chair, and brings those same strengths into more fixed-base learning spaces with a consistent look across all settings on campus."

The Caper family of chairs was first born of the need for a dedicated, more durable multipurpose chair. Designer Jeff Weber of Studio Weber + Associates used standard materials in novel ways to inspire a family of seating that accommodates a diversity of people, tasks, and behaviors found in a multitude of work and learning environments. The result was the original Caper, a stylish chair providing easy mobility, light scale, a compact footprint and user-friendly adjustments. Never one to dominate its environment, Caper instead infuses its surroundings with color and energy with its primary palette, or can blend into the background in neutral tones. For his efforts, Weber brought home a Best of NeoCon Gold award and a Best of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada award when Caper was introduced in 1999.

All Caper products, including the fixed-seating, have been designed and developed according to Herman Miller's Design for the Environment (DfE) protocol, emphasizing safe materials, recycled content and ease of disassembly. Because all Caper chairs weigh about half as much as competitive models, fewer materials and less energy are required for their manufacture. It is being reviewed for GREENGUARD certification and may contribute to LEED credits.

About Theater Solutions, Inc.
Theatre Solutions, Inc. (TSI) is a Herman Miller alliance partner. It designs and manufactures high quality fixed seating for educational facilities, performing arts centers, and courtrooms. Utilizing a heavy-duty, engineered mechanism, TSI's memory column controls the linear movement of the seat, ensuring a smooth and silent return every time.

About Herman Miller Inc.
Herman Miller works for a better world around you–with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2011. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" company in the contract furniture industry. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.