September 14, 2012

Herman Miller, the pioneering American furniture maker with a record of design innovations that have defined modern residential and commercial interiors for decades, scored its latest recognition indirectly, with the naming of Ben Watson, Executive Creative Director, among design's most influential people.

Fast Company's Annual Design Issue (October 2012) includes the Co.Design50, a culmination of the top innovators featured on Fast Company's design website Honorees include the world's top educators, thinkers, and executives from organizations such as Stanford University's, mobile payment company Square, clothing line The Row, and social photo sharing website Pinterest.

The editorial profile for Herman Miller's Watson cites his support for the infusion of new design talent within the company, as it reimagines the rapidly evolving workplace. While examples of Herman Miller's design agenda appeared in the past year, the magazine notes anticipation of more to come. The Annual Design issue is available online and on newsstands September 18.

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About Herman Miller
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.7 billion in revenue in fiscal 2012. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt "National Design Award," in 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also named, for the eighth consecutive year, to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.