Company Timeline


Herman Miller RED, an online enterprise focused on meeting the office furniture needs of small business in general and the growing Internet industry in particular, is launched. Large-scale shifts in the global economy necessitate closing the business in 2001.

The Eames molded plywood chair is named "design of the century" by Time magazine.


Herman Miller Resolve system is added to the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, and to the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

The DOT (Design on Textile) program, which allows customer customization of work environments, is introduced, initially with the screens that are part of the Resolve System.


Herman Miller's C-1 corporate office facility renovation receives Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building certification, only the 10th Gold standard awarded nationwide.

Herman Miller introduces PostureFit, a major ergonomic breakthrough in seating designed to support a healthful posture and significantly improve lower back comfort. The PostureFit technology is offered as an option on Herman Miller's Aeron chair. A passive version becomes part of every Mirra chair.


Herman Miller introduces Mirra, a high-performing, environmentally advanced work chair and the first piece of office furniture to be developed from its inception according to cradle-to-cradle principles.

The Herman Miller MarketPlace receives Gold LEED Certification. At the time, it is one of less than a dozen buildings nationwide to achieve that distinction.


Herman Miller receives GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification for most of its products.

For the 16th time in 18 years, Herman Miller is ranked as the "Most Admired" company in the furniture industry in Fortune magazine's annual survey. The magazine also ranks Herman Miller among the most innovative companies in any industry, placing the firm 4th overall among the nearly 600 companies surveyed.

For the fifth year in a row, Herman Miller ranks among Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens"--one of only 29 companies to earn a place on the list every year since its introduction in 2000.

Brian Walker becomes President and CEO.


Herman Miller introduces the Celle chair designed by Jerome Caruso. Its Cellular Suspension offers pliable molded polymer "cells" and loops to responsively flex in concert with the body's movements throughout the workday. Celle is manufactured using "green" energy, contains 33 percent recycled content, is 99 percent recyclable, and can be disassembled in fewer than five minutes using common hand tools.

The Herman Miller Creative Office launches Sonare Technologies / A Herman Miller Company, and introduces the award-winning Babble, a sound management solution for confidential conversations.


Herman Miller introduces Leaf personal light, an energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) table-top light. Its patented technology allows for adjusting the light intensity and warm-to-cool light color. It utilizes 40 percent less energy than even a 13-watt compact fluorescent bulb.

Herman Miller completes construction of its European headquarters, VillageGreen, in Chippenham, England. Its design receives an Excellent rating from the United Kingdom's Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Herman Miller unveils My Studio Environments, an innovative concept in open-plan workspace design. Designed by Doug Ball, it is the first open plan office system designed according to the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle protocol and Herman Miller's Design for the Environment (DfE) criteria.

Convia / A Herman Miller Company is launched and introduces its signature product called Convia Programmable Infrastructure.

Leaf personal light selected for the permanent collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.


Herman Miller invests in two factories and a national headquarters in China to support the company's rapidly expanding client base there and throughout Asia, selecting Ningbo as the site for its manufacturing operations, and Shanghai, the largest industrial city in China, for its main office.


Herman Miller acquires Brandrud Furniture, Inc., a Seattle-based manufacturer of healthcare furnishings.

Herman Miller introduces the Embody chair designed by Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf. Designed specifically for people who work for hours at computers, Embody is the first work chair that benefits both mind and body.

Herman Miller International introduces Sense desking system designed by Daniel Korb. A modular and freestanding offering, Sense is unique for its tool-free assembly. Its components lock, click, or snap into place, so it can be assembled and re-assembled quickly and easily.


Herman Miller introduces the Setu chair designed by Studio 7.5. By considering every molecule that makes up Setu, the designers advanced the science of dematerialization, delivering more performance with less material.

Herman Miller begins applying Herman Miller Performance System principles to its dealers' work. Benefits to customers include a 40 percent reduction in installation time.

An alliance with Legrand North America, which sells Wiremold products, embeds our Convia product in the Wiremold ceiling and floor electrical boxes. This marks a turning point in the commercialization of Convia.

Herman Miller acquires Nemschoff, Inc., a Sheboygan-based manufacturer of high-quality, leading-edge healthcare furnishings.