Over the last century, Herman Miller has been guided by a commitment to problem-solving designs that inspire the best in people. From the birth of ergonomic furniture to manufacturing some of the twentieth century's most iconic pieces, Herman Miller has pioneered original, timeless design that makes an enduring impact, while building a lasting legacy of design, innovation, and social good.
The company’s milestones:
1905: Star Furniture Company, a manufacturer of high-quality, traditional-style bedroom suites, opens for business in Zeeland, Michigan.
1909: Star Furniture Company is renamed Michigan Star Furniture Company.
1923: Michigan Star Furniture Company becomes the Herman Miller Furniture Company.
1927: Herman Miller Clock Company was founded. The clock company makes traditionally designed clocks and later adds Gilbert Rohde designs.
1933: Herman Miller debuted a line of modern furniture at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
1941: The company opened a showroom in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and another in New York City.
1947: Herman Miller gains exclusive market and distribution rights to the Eameses' award-winning molded plywood products.
1950: The world's first molded fiberglass chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, are introduced by Herman Miller.
1956: The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are introduced on national television (The Today Show). The chair is to become a highly visible emblem of Herman Miller quality and innovation.
1968: Herman Miller introduces the Action Office system, the world's first open-plan modular system of panels and attaching components.
1971: Herman Miller enters the health/science market with the introduction of the Co/Struc system.
1984: The Equa chair, the Ethospace system, and the Eames sofa are introduced.
1994: The Herman Miller GreenHouse receives the Pioneer Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
2008: 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.
2020: Herman Miller expands its retail footprint, opening stores in major cities across North America.
2023: Herman Miller unveils a specially curated exhibit and limited-edition poster reprint celebrating its rich graphic design history in its Milan showroom in the Brera Design District during Salone del Mobile.
According to hermanmiller.com; en.wikipedia; news.millerknoll.com. Source of photos: internet