Herman Miller, Inc., Illumines The Be Collection with the Flute Personal Light

June 08, 2009

Improving personal comfort, control and connection through The Be Collection accessories line, Herman Miller is continuing its commitment to support individual performance and productivity with a new lighting design called Flute. An LED (light emitting diode) desktop light, Flute will be among The Be Collection focus in Herman Miller's third floor showroom during the NeoCon World's Trade Fair at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, June 15-17, 2009.

A result of collaboration between Herman Miller and Tom Newhouse of Thomas J. Newhouse Design, Flute boasts a sleek silhouette and energy efficient LED technology.

"Flute represents our commitment to developing a variety of choices for personal work accessories, including desktop lighting," said Robyn Hofmeyer, General Manager, Accessories. "Its minimal form will be a pleasing option to those who prefer a smaller scale lighting design at a competitive price."

Weighing less than three pounds, Flute carries a cluster of LEDs that contributes to a total energy use of 4.5 watts. Available as a freestanding or clamp mounted light, it provides the option to swivel the fixture head 270 degrees for the individual control of light placement of more than 30 footcandles with a color temperature of 4100 Kelvin.

"The latest generation of higher efficiency LEDs contributed to Flute's sculptural form," said Newhouse. "The smaller, thinner LEDs enabled a design that is surprisingly diminutive and capable of providing brighter illumination and fewer shadows, which typically are seen with earlier versions of LEDs."

According to Newhouse, Flute's design also solves for heat build-up—a vexing characteristic of the LED. Newhouse designed the light to dissipate heat through its form and materials. Through the use of a heat sink constructed of ventilated aluminum and located within the adjustable fixture head, heat build-up is minimized to create a product that is cool to the touch.

Flute' energy efficient LEDs will last up to 100,000 hours, based on the amount of use, and it also may contribute to LEED points because of its low energy consumption and lack of hazardous materials.

It is available in three colors, including metallic silver, graphite and white. It has a list price of $290, which includes a five-year warranty.

Flute was designed according to Herman Miller's rigorous Design for the Environment protocol, emphasizing safe materials, recycled content and ease of disassembly. It is 82 percent recyclable and is made from 26 percent recycled content.

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 $2 billion in revenue in fiscal 2008. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2009, Herman Miller was again cited by FORTUNE as both the "Most Admired" in its industry and among the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America, while Fast Company named Herman Miller among the innovative "Companies to Watch." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.