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Simplicity Makes Sense, A New Desking Solution from Herman Miller, Inc.

June 15, 2009

Herman Miller is connecting office environments with a simple and flexible solution that can adapt swiftly to changes in facility design. A modular and free standing offering, Sense is unique for its tool free assembly. Its components lock, click or snap into place, which makes it a fully flexible platform that can be built, disassembled and re-assembled quickly and easily.

The award-winning Sense was launched in early 2008 by Herman Miller International and it will make its North American debut at the NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago, June 15-17, 2009. Sense will be available in fall 2009 through Herman Miller's dealer network.

Sense is a result of more than three years of collaborative engineering and design development between Herman Miller and Switzerland-based design firm Korb+Korb.

Daniel Korb believes there is no need to struggle with the complexities often found in furniture systems: "You should be able to build furniture intuitively, with no tools, with no instructions," he says.

Sense is centered by a mono-beam structure that may be enhanced with a range of simple components. All parts connect intuitively to create an array of layouts, from single, free standing tables to 120-degree clusters for team environments, which may be customized with accessories from The Be Collection and a limited selection of items from the Herman Miller International accessories portfolio.

Sense also accommodates linear planning applications, which provide more translucent divisions of space. A lower cost alternative to traditional systems workstations, its light scale, low height and numerous work surface configurations combine for comfortable, open plan work stations, and a reduced footprint.

Katie Lane, Herman Miller's Director of Product Management, adds, "An extended vocabulary means Sense can be applied to all areas of the office. The fun, modern finishes and simple frame structure of Sense allows for facility-wide application."

In addition, Sense may be specified with fixed height or height adjustable legs and a variety of colorful and stylish laminate and veneer work surface options.

Sense was developed according to Herman Miller's Design for the Environment protocol, which emphasizes recyclability, recycled content and ease of disassembly. It also carries Herman Miller's comprehensive 12-year warranty.

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.

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