Herman Miller

The Herman Miller Story

Herman Miller, founded in 1905 as the Star Furniture Co. in Zeeland. Michigan, is an American manufacturer of mid-century modern furniture as well as modern home and office furniture. Under the guidance of George Nelson, Star Furniture became one of the most influential producers of modern furniture—collaborating with Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and textile designer Alexander Girard. In 1960 the company name was changed to Herman Miller, Inc. The company’s focus on furniture designed for people continues to today.

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Why We Love Herman Miller Furniture

With designs that represent the most iconic pieces of Mid Century Modern such as the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, the Noguchi Table, and more recent pieces such as the Aeron Chair, Herman Miller has proven their commitment to quality, comfort and sustainability. Taking innovative leaps in form, functionality and material is an everyday occurrence at Herman Miller, and they continue to innovate for the changing needs of the 21st century. All this makes Herman Miller at the top of our list.

Fun Facts About Herman Miller

Herman Miller was a Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law D.J. De Pree buy the Star Furniture Company in 1923. Because Herman Miller had a reputation as a man of integrity, his son-in-law decided to name the company after him.

Noteworthy Products from Herman Miller

Take your pick of top design products from the Herman Miller furniture line. Our favorite is the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. This timeless classic, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, was released in 1956 after years of experimenting with molding plywood. Originally, the chair had a veneer of Brazilian rosewood on top of five thin layers of plywood. Today, the Eames Lounge Chair remains an iconic Herman Miller chair and uses natural cherry, walnut or Santos Palisander rosewood (a sustainably grown wood with patterns similar to the original rosewood).

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