100 years of Herman Miller
Celebrating a century of innovation, design, and modern heirloom quality
Who was Herman Miller?
In 1923, the Michigan Star Furniture Company became what we now know as Herman Miller, when D.J. De Pree and his father-in-law (you guessed it—Herman Miller) purchased the company. De Pree renamed the company after Miller, who was a well-regarded businessman in the community.
De Pree's father-in-law and our namesake, Herman Miller.
A young D.J. De Pree, 1909.
Designer-driven: Founder D.J. De Pree (back, middle) with director of design George Nelson (seated, middle) and the cadre of designers they hired: Robert Propst, Alexander Girard, and Ray and Charles Eames.
Modern in the mid-century
By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. De Pree first hired designer Gilbert Rohde in 1930, who ushered in an era of problem-solving modern design. A decade and a half later, he would hire George Nelson, who changed the course of the entire company. Design-driven—and with support from De Pree—Nelson brought in his contemporaries, such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Isamu Noguchi, to produce pieces that would become modern classics.
Herman Miller today
Today, in addition to our classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, work chairs, healthcare solutions, and technologies and services. In 2021, we became part of the MillerKnoll collective, an unparalleled platform of brands that design the world we live in.
Herman Miller's New York showroom
A milestone 100 years in the making
Join us as we celebrate the anniversary of becoming “Herman Miller”
We take the art of living seriously. See just what sets our brand apart with our more personalized approach to modern living.
Herman Miller has set the bar for original design, innovative materials, and craft. Charles Eames once said, “the details are not the details. They make the design.”
Thanks to a designer roster that draws on perspectives from around the world, we can offer incredibly unique problem-solving designs.
We design for good by being a good steward of the environment. Find out what kind of work we’ve done to ensure this and what we’re still working on.
Books by and about us
Want to learn more? There are several books, both in and out of print, about Herman Miller and our designers.
Explore the milestones in our rich history to learn more about what makes Herman Miller the company it is today.