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The Millwright Poet

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  • Herman Miller selected for inclusion in the 2016 RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook for twelfth consecutive year.
    2016
  • Herman Miller’s Locale wins 2016 Gold iF Design Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in design around the world.
    2016
  • Chadwick Modular Seating wins Interior Design magazine's "Best of Year" award for Contract/Lounge Multi Seating.
    2015
  • Public Office Landscape named "Best in 10” for Contract Systems at Interior Design magazine’s 10th annual Best of Year awards.
    2015
  • Herman Miller recognized with Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award.
    2015
  • Herman Miller achieves twelfth consecutive listing on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.
    2015
  • Herman Miller earns ninth consecutive perfect score in Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2016 Corporate Equality Index.
    2015
  • Nemschoff’s Ava Recliner named Best of Competition in Nightingale Awards at 2015 Healthcare Design Conference & Expo; receives Gold Award for Patient Seating.
    2015
  • Nemschoff’s Easton Multiple Seating wins Gold Award for Guest/Lounge Seating in Nightingale Awards at Healthcare Design Conference & Expo 2015.
    2015
  • Herman Miller’s Chadwick Modular Seating receives Interior Design HIP Award in the Hospitality Seating category at NeoCon 2015.
    2015

Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him.

By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.

Since then, we’ve collaborated with some of the most outstanding designers in the world, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.5, Yves Béhar, Doug Ball, and many talented others.

Today, in addition to our classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. A publicly held company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, we have manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries.

We operate through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Geiger International, and independently owned dealerships. All of them work to design and build a better world around you.

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