Herman Miller's Teneo Storage Furniture Achieves IDEA Gold

July 29, 2009

Teneo Storage Furniture from Herman Miller, Inc., has earned the coveted Gold award from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Office and Productivity category. In its 29th year, the annual design competition, which honors design excellence in products, eco design, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research, and concepts, is sponsored by BusinessWeek and presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Over 15 countries were represented in the competition with more than 1,600 award entries. The 20-member jury awarded 31 entries with Gold, 47 entries with Silver and 72 entries with Bronze, while 349 finalists were named in addition to the winners.

Designed by Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck of Birsel+Seck, Teneo provides a new paradigm for the filing and storage category. It combines the functional qualities of storage with the aesthetic qualities of furniture and its systemic approach allows it to be a product platform that can evolve and adapt. All Teneo products are made from the same set of elements and share design features to provide a consistent look and create a unified aesthetic within an environment.

"Teneo storage furniture is an excellent example of a sophisticated and versatile modular storage system," said juror Stefanie Kubanek, associate partner, Pentagram. "It's simple, yet it combines high functionality and materiality with a playful and user-focused, sustainable design."

A complete list of winners will be available July 29, 2009, on BusinessWeek.com and IDSA.org.

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 2009. 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.