Company Timeline


Herman Miller introduces the Sayl chair designed by Yves Béhar. The design is as affordable as it is inventive. All components are reduced to their essential forms, achieving the highest performance possible with the least amount of material.

Herman Miller becomes the first company in the furniture industry and one of the first companies in the world to fuel 100 percent of our facilities with renewable energy. This puts us nearly 50 percent of the way to carbon neutrality.

Herman Miller acquires Colebrook Bosson Saunders (CBS), a London-based worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ergonomic work tools.

Herman Miller introduces Thrive, its comprehensive new portfolio of industry-leading, research-based ergonomic products. Thrive combines health-positive products with guidance on using them properly to give customers total ergonomic solutions.

Herman Miller Supplier Diversity program celebrates its 20th anniversary. In fiscal 2010, Herman Miller's total spending with minority-owned businesses reached 14.5 percent, on par with the leaders in diversity among U.S. corporations.

Herman Miller introduces the Compass system for patient rooms designed by Gianfranco Zaccai and a team at Continuum. A system of wall-hung components, Compass makes significant advances in functionality, infection control, and ease and safety of use for caregivers.


Herman Miller introduces Canvas Office Landscape. It is the work of several contributing designers, most recently Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk of CDS in New York, building on the earlier work of Douglas Ball and Joey Ruiter. Canvas brings choice, harmony, and connection to all kinds of organizations and virtually any interior.

Herman Miller enters into an agreement to acquire POSH, the leading manufacturer of quality office furniture in Asia. The combined brands represent one of the most extensive product portfolios in Asia Pacific.

Herman Miller becomes exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Magis and Mattiazzi products. Both Italian firms known for their authored design and advanced craft, Magis and Mattiazzi expand choices for collaborative areas, indoors and out.

"Merchants of Virtue" is published. Written by independent journalist and writer Bill Birchard, the book tells the stories of Herman Miller's efforts to care for the earth and be good stewards of the environment.

Herman Miller partners with the MASS Design Group to lend resources and employee support to humanitarian healthcare projects in Rwanda and Haiti.


Herman Miller relaunches the Herman Miller Collection, a comprehensive new portfolio of authentic modern designs that lets you select, furnish, and create complete environments in a variety of settings—from the boardroom to the backyard. Taking its cue from the original collection, conceived in 1948 by George Nelson, the renewed portfolio represents “the continuing creation of a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.”

Herman Miller completes the acquisition of Asian office furniture manufacturer POSH, expanding its global footprint by adding extensive product design and distribution capabilities throughout China.


Herman Miller acquires Maharam Fabric Corporation, a New York-based global designer and provider of high quality interior textiles for commercial, healthcare, and residential interiors.

Herman Miller introduces the Mirra 2 work chair, the latest advance in high-performance seating. Mirra 2 is a leaner, lighter, and more responsive chair that moves as one with the sitter, dynamically supporting even a person’s slightest movements.

The Herman Miller Collection, in collaboration with the Eames Office, reintroduces the Eames Molded Plastic Chair in fiberglass, a twist on the classic that leverages contemporary advances in environmentally sensitive material chemistry and manufacturing processes.

Herman Miller unveils Living Office, a new vision for office design that creates synchronicity between people and the emerging landscapes of work. Living Office is a human-centered integration of the tools and products that enable work, which creates a more natural, desirable, and productive work environment.

Herman Miller introduces Locale, designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility. Locale enables the creation of dynamic, high-performance work neighborhoods within open-plan environments.

Herman Miller introduces Public Office Landscape, a system of surface, storage, and seating components that allows people to move freely between conversations and tasks. Designed by Yves Béhar and his team at fuseproject, Public transforms every part of the office—including individual desks—into places for collaboration.


Herman Miller announces Earthright, a new sustainability strategy that builds on more than 50 years of environmental learning and commitment. Eathright outlines several 10-year goals, such as achieving zero waste from all facilities, consuming 50 percent less water, and reducing energy intensity by 50 percent.

Herman Miller unveils a Healthcare Living Office, a modular, human-centered approach to healthcare environments that allows caregivers working across a health system to customize their methods, tools, and spaces.

Herman Miller introduces Renew, the latest in sit-to-stand tables. Renew offers a full range of supported movement to help people stay more active and healthier at work.

Herman Miller acquires Design Within Reach, the largest retailer of authentic modern furniture and accessories in the world. The acquisition propels efforts toward strategic growth in the consumer channel.

Herman Miller debuts Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) tool to help interior designers and customers obtain a product’s sustainability information, enabling people to make more informed purchasing decisions.


Herman Miller Supplier Diversity program celebrates its 25th anniversary. Herman Miller spends more than 15 percent with minority- and women-owned suppliers, on par with the leaders in diversity among U.S. corporations.

Herman Miller launches Metaform Portfolio, a flexible and modular system with functional accessories that enables people to adjust their surroundings as needs evolve. The latest in material innovation, Metaform blocks are created from an abundant, environmentally-resistant, and recyclable material.

Herman Miller opens PortalMill, a 170,000 sq.-ft. manufacturing and office space in the United Kingdom. The new facility enhances the company’s efficiencies and distribution capabilities across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.


Herman Miller opens the New York Flagship, bringing the company’s family of brands under one roof for the first time. 60,000 square-feet of retail, showroom, and office space is anchored by the first Herman Miller retail store in North America, slated to open late 2016.

Herman Miller forms a strategic partnership with naughtone, a UK-based company specializing in upholstered soft seating and other collaborative products. The partnership expands Herman Miller’s product portfolio, as well as its production and product development capabilities worldwide.

Herman Miller introduces the Keyn Chair Group, a dynamic range of meeting and side chairs designed by forpeople to offer natural comfort to support people as they move and change postures.

Herman Miller launches Exclave, a cohesive suite of products used to create collaborative environments across the office landscape. Designed by Continuum, Exclave empowers high-performance teams by integrating surroundings, furnishings, and tools in collaborative ecosystems.

Nemschoff launches a significant expansion of Nemschoff Classics, pieces inspired by mid-century designs that were once part of the company’s residential offering. Nemschoff Classics demonstrate Nemschoff’s institutional category leadership, and cater to the shift toward comfortable, residential spaces across all contract verticals.