Herman Miller Revisits Classics to Offer New Choices

June 10, 2011

Herman Miller, Inc., has revisited many of its iconic furniture designs in the company's ongoing drive to expand their range of application and aesthetic options for customers. Several of these classics will be shown with new materials and finishes, as well as revived historic design elements, at the 2011 NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago, June 13-15.

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The designs of Charles and Ray Eames figure prominently both in Herman Miller's history and in the expanded options. Among them, none is more recognized then the Eames Lounge and Ottoman. This modern masterpiece will be displayed in a white ash veneer with white powder coat base and back frame elements, creating an elegant new presence for a globally recognized classic. Additionally, the Santos Palisander, cherry, and walnut veneer options are also now offered in a hand-rubbed oil finish, returning to the original production technique and an unmatched lustrous appearance.

The Eames Aluminum Group returns to its origins in its second debut as both an indoor and outdoor seating collection. Originally promoted in 1958 as the "leisure group" or the "indoor-outdoor group," the Eameses designed the collection specifically for multi-purpose use. Now this distinctive design, in lounge, desk and guest/dining configurations, expands customer choice with materials, finishes and hardware fit for any environment. With new options including satin graphite or white powder coat finishes, the original 4-star base, and graphite and white outdoor suspension mesh and stainless steel fittings, the Aluminum Group will serve seamlessly from outdoor hospitality to indoor office, conference and collaborative space.

These seating designs and other upholstered icons will also have a new leather option with Herman Miller's exclusive new Modern Classic Leather (MCL). MCL was created in collaboration with a German tannery and features premium full grain, semi-aniline leather in a variety of rich, warm colors that offer great hand and eye appeal.

Herman Miller has also looked beyond seating, expanding the range of options for the timeless table designs of Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi with the reintroduction of stone top options and added finish choices. Eames and Nelson tables will now be available in six choices of stone including three colors of honed marble, cleft black slate, honed limestone, and granite. They are also offered in white and satin graphite powder coat bases, complementing the expanded finish choices in seating and also suitable for outdoor application. Likewise, the Noguchi coffee table is now available in the same white ash that graces the Eames Lounge and Ottoman.

This expanded range of aesthetic options and applications is a purposeful statement of Herman Miller's commitment to the artful balance of design, hand-craft and industrial production. In combination with its newest partner, leading Italian furniture designer Magis, Herman Miller provides a complementary offering of timeless solutions for a wide variety of workspaces and hospitality environments. From collaborative spaces, workstations, or the private office, to hotel lobbies or the home patio, Herman Miller gives designers and customers the solutions that allow them to curate an entire space.

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 $1.3 billion in revenue in fiscal 2010. 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.