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The Millwright Poet

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  • Herman Miller selected for inclusion in the 2016 RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook for twelfth consecutive year.
    2016
  • Herman Miller’s Locale awarded Gold in the Office & Productivity category of the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition.
    2014
  • Nemschoff Palisade Collection awarded Silver in the Healthcare: Guest / Lounge Seating category of the Best of NeoCon 2014 competition.
    2014
  • Herman Miller named Best Large Showroom in IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom and Booth Design Competition at NeoCon 2014.
    2014
  • Kivo receives Good Design Australia award in the Furniture and Lighting category.
    2014
  • Herman Miller achieves tenth consecutive listing on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.
    2013
  • Herman Miller Healthcare earns its fourth consecutive Best of NeoCon award as Nemschoff's Terra is recognized with a "Silver" award in Healthcare Furniture.
    2013
  • Herman Miller sweeps Showroom and Booth design awards at NeoCon 2013 with recognition as the Best Large Showroom and the overall "Best of Competition."
    2013
  • Herman Miller's Local wins a "Silver" award in the Furniture Benching category of the Best of NeoCon awards at NeoCon 2013.
    2013
  • Herman Miller's Metaform Portfolio is recognized with an "Innovation" award in furniture systems at NeoCon 2013.
    2013

Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him.

By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.

Since then, we’ve collaborated with some of the most outstanding designers in the world, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.5, Yves Béhar, Doug Ball, and many talented others.

Today, in addition to our classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. A publicly held company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, we have manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries.

We operate through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Geiger International, and independently owned dealerships. All of them work to design and build a better world around you.

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