Herman Miller

Topics: Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Eames Lounge Chair Pages: 3 (821 words) Published: April 22, 2013
erman Miller, Inc., based in Zeeland, Michigan, is a major American manufacturer of office furniture, equipment and home furnishings. It is notable as one of the first companies to produce modern furniture and, under the guidance of Design Director George Nelson, is likely the most prolific and influential producer of furniture of the modernist style. Among classic Herman Miller products are the Equa chair, Aeron chair, Noguchi table, Marshmallow sofa, and the Eames Lounge Chair. Herman Miller is credited with the invention of the office cubicle (originally known as the "Action Office II") in 1968 under then-director of research Robert Propst.[1][2] Herman Miller holds a unique position among furniture manufacturers for having cultivated the talents of a large number of modernist designers, producing a significant number of pieces that are now considered icons of industrial design. Contents [hide]

1 History
2 Workplace
3 Sustainability
4 Notable Products
5 Similar companies
6 References
7 External links

A typical distribution depot, in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Herman Miller was founded in 1905 as the Star Furniture Co. in Zeeland, Michigan.[2] Initially the company produced high quality furniture, especially bedroom suites, in historic revival styles.[2] In 1909, Dirk Jan De Pree began working for the company as a clerk, and became its president by 1919, when it was renamed The Michigan Star Furniture Co.[2] De Pree and his father-in-law, Herman Miller, purchased 51% of the company stock in 1923 and renamed it the Herman Miller Furniture Company. It became Herman Miller, Inc. in 1960.[2] Until 1930, the company produced only traditional wood furniture.[2] With the coming of the Great Depression the company was forced to explore new products to survive in a shrinking market[2] and reluctantly hired Gilbert Rohde, a designer who specialized in modernist designs.[2] Rohde turned the company in a totally new direction and in 1933, Herman...
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