Company Timeline


Herman Miller introduces the Sayl chair designed by Yves Béhar. The design is as affordable as it is inventive. All components are reduced to their essential forms, achieving the highest performance possible with the least amount of material.

Herman Miller becomes the first company in the furniture industry and one of the first companies in the world to fuel 100 percent of our facilities with renewable energy. This puts us nearly 50 percent of the way to carbon neutrality.

Herman Miller acquires Colebrook Bosson Saunders (CBS), a London-based worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ergonomic work tools.

Herman Miller introduces Thrive, its comprehensive new portfolio of industry-leading, research-based ergonomic products. Thrive combines health-positive products with guidance on using them properly to give customers total ergonomic solutions.

Herman Miller Supplier Diversity program celebrates its 20th anniversary. In fiscal 2010, Herman Miller's total spending with minority-owned businesses reached 14.5 percent, on par with the leaders in diversity among U.S. corporations.

Herman Miller introduces the Compass system for patient rooms designed by Gianfranco Zaccai and a team at Continuum. A system of wall-hung components, Compass makes significant advances in functionality, infection control, and ease and safety of use for caregivers.


Herman Miller introduces Canvas Office Landscape. It is the work of several contributing designers, most recently Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk of CDS in New York, building on the earlier work of Douglas Ball and Joey Ruiter. Canvas brings choice, harmony, and connection to all kinds of organizations and virtually any interior.

Herman Miller enters into an agreement to acquire POSH, the leading manufacturer of quality office furniture in Asia. The combined brands represent one of the most extensive product portfolios in Asia Pacific.

Herman Miller becomes exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Magis and Mattiazzi products. Both Italian firms known for their authored design and advanced craft, Magis and Mattiazzi expand choices for collaborative areas, indoors and out.

"Merchants of Virtue" is published. Written by independent journalist and writer Bill Birchard, the book tells the stories of Herman Miller's efforts to care for the earth and be good stewards of the environment.

Herman Miller partners with the MASS Design Group to lend resources and employee support to humanitarian healthcare projects in Rwanda and Haiti.


Herman Miller introduces the Herman Miller Collection, a comprehensive new portfolio of authentic modern designs that lets you select, furnish, and create complete environments in a variety of settings—from the boardroom to the backyard.