Company Timeline


Meridian becomes a Herman Miller subsidiary.

Herman Miller is the only office furniture manufacturer to be a founding member of the Tropical Forest Foundation. Other cofounders include Caterpillar, the Audubon Society, and Bank of America.

D.J. De Pree dies.


Action Office Series 3 is introduced.

Herman Miller launches its Supplier Diversity Program, to increase business opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses.


J. Kermit Campbell becomes Herman Miller's fifth CEO and president--the first person from outside the company to hold either post.

Herman Miller UK earns an ISO 9002 registration.


Herman Miller becomes a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the only office furniture manufacturer on the original roster.

Alexander Girard dies.

Herman Miller begins using cherry and walnut from sustainable sources in place of endangered rosewood on the Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

Herman Miller and Meridian earn ISO 9001 registrations.

The company's first Environmental Conference is held.


Herman Miller returns to the residential furniture market with the launch of Herman Miller for the Home. Its offering includes new designs as well as reintroduced modern classic furniture from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

The Herman Miller GreenHouse receives the Pioneer Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The criteria used for the GreenHouse becomes the basis for USGBC's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification protocol.

Herman Miller buys Righetti, a wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico.

Herman Miller begins construction of its new Phoenix Designs building in Holland, Michigan. This building later becomes Miller SQA and, in 1999, the Herman Miller GreenHouse.

Herman Miller is cited by Fortune magazine as one of the nation's 10 most environmentally responsible corporations.

Herman Miller, Inc. introduces the Aeron chair and the New York Museum of Modern Art adds it to its 20th Century Design Collection.

Herman Miller receives the National Wildlife Federation's 1993 Environmental Achievement Award for its commitment to earth stewardship.


Herman Miller's website, www.hermanmiller.com, goes live.

Max De Pree retires from the Board of Directors. J. Kermit Campbell resigns as CEO. Mike Volkema becomes CEO.

Ergon 3, Equa 2, and Ambi chairs are introduced.


The new Miller SQA ("simple, quick, affordable") manufacturing and office building begins operations.

Arrio freestanding systems furniture is introduced.


Herman Miller and Geiger Brickel, a high-quality wood casegoods and seating manufacturer headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, enter a strategic sales alliance.

For the ninth time in 10 years, Fortune magazine names Herman Miller "most admired" furniture company in the U.S.


Herman Miller for the Home introduces Meinecke rugs and increases its classics offering by adding Eames storage units, and pillows, scrims, and table runners in textiles designed by Alexander Girard.

Herman Miller introduces Passage furniture, Aeron and Ambi side chairs, Accents Collection ergonomic support products, and CLT tables.

Herman Miller International introduces the Verve freestanding desk system in Europe.

Miller SQA introduces the Reaction work chair and the Aside side chair.

Meridian, Milcare, Miller SQA, Coro, and Performis--former subsidiaries--become part of Herman Miller, Inc. Milcare becomes Herman Miller for Healthcare.


Herman Miller introduces the Kiva Collection, Caper chairs, and Meridian 140 and 160 Series pedestals, and displays the Resolve system at NeoCon.

Herman Miller for the Home introduces the Goetz sofa, and reintroduces the Nelson marshmallow sofa.

The Aeron chair wins a Design of the Decade award from Business Week magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Herman Miller acquires Geiger Brickel.