More than 10 years ago, we began a partnership with Herman Miller because their furniture possesses an enduring style that mixes innovation and functionality with beautiful results.
Herman Miller furniture came into being in 1923 when D.J. De Pree—the president of Michigan Star Furniture—convinced his father-in-law, Herman Miller, to become a majority shareholder. Originally the company only sold reproductions of traditional home furnishings. But hit hard by the Great Depression, they decided to take a risk and focus on more modern furniture to meet the needs of a fast-changing world. The result was so successful, the company phased out their traditional pieces by the mid-1940s. Since then, the Michigan-based company has established relationships with leading-edge designers of the day, including George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Bill Stumpf and Yves Behar.
In 1953 De Pree wrote, "Herman Miller will be a good corporate neighbor by being a good steward of the environment." As environmental awareness becomes a bigger part of the collective consciousness, Herman Miller continues to seek out ways to improve. Every aspect of their business, from design through packaging, is part of an environmental plan. Herman Miller also created a company-wide initiative called Perfect Vision, which sets the goal of eliminating any negative environmental impact of their business operations by 2020. "As we say in our formal values statement, Things that Matter," says Paul M. Murray, Herman Miller's director of environmental affairs and safety, "the people of Herman Miller are about more than being a commercial success. We also strive to contribute to a better world."