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The Millwright Poet

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  • Herman Miller named a 2020 Women on Boards Winning Company for its commitment to boardroom gender diversity.
    2016
  • Herman Miller earns WorldatWork Work-Life 2016 Seal of Distinction, a unique mark of excellence demonstrating organizational success in work-life effectiveness.
    2016
  • Plex Lounge Furniture from Herman Miller receives #MetropolisLikes award at NeoCon 2016.
    2016
  • Spot Stools from Herman Miller Collection receive Interior Design HiP Award for Hospitality Seating at NeoCon 2016.
    2016
  • Ava Recliner from Nemschoff receives Interior Design HiP Award for Health & Wellness Furniture at NeoCon 2016.
    2016
  • Geiger Rhythm System awarded Gold for Casegoods in the Best of NeoCon 2016 competition.
    2016
  • Ava Recliner from Nemschoff awarded Gold for Healthcare: Patient Seating in the Best of NeoCon 2016 competition.
    2016
  • Plex Lounge Furniture from Herman Miller receives Interior Design HiP Award for Workplace Seating/Lounge at NeoCon 2016.
    2016
  • 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

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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