Herman Miller

Herman Miller

Herman Miller began as the Star Furniture Company in Zeeland, Michigan in 1905. In 1923 employed clerk D.J. De Pree convinced his father-in-law whose name was Herman Miller, to purchase the majority of the shares in the company. De Pree decided to name the company after his father-in-law–and Herman Miller was born as a company. Initially only replica traditional wooden furniture was produced but from 1924, following the appointment of the designer Gilbert Rohde, a line of original modern furniture was introduced. In 1945 De Pree hired George Nelson as the company’s first design director, and this started the tradition of working with leading designers including Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard, which continues to the present day.

In the 1960s, Herman Miller introduced the Action Office System, the world’s first open-plan modular system of panels and attaching components. Designed by Robert Propst, Action Office revolutionised office design and spawned a whole new industry. The launch of the Aeron task chair in 1994 marked a defining moment in the history of office seating. Aeron challenged practically every convention about office chairs – it wasn’t upholstered, it contained no foam and had innovative materials that supported the human body in a new way. Since then, Herman Miller has continued to work with designers to produce office furniture, task chairs and soft seating which put the user first. Our products have been designed to promote dynamic working with the intuition to respond to your body and promote posture change throughout the working day.

Performance Seating

Sitting is always the means to an end. It’s what you do when you need to launch a new idea, solve a problem or share a story. We design chairs to perfectly support the people who sit in them, so you can focus on all the things you need to do, for yourself or for your organisation. Each of our chairs was designed to solve a unique set of problems.

Our task chairs include the ground-breaking Aeron, which began as a revolution in ergonomics but became a design icon. Designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994, Aeron advanced the art and science of seating. As the first office chair to replace fabric and foam with a breathable, woven suspension membrane – its innovative Pellicle seat and back – Aeron distributes your weight evenly, eliminating pressure points and heat build-up. Our other task chairs continue to build on this heritage of innovation and advancement.

Systems Furniture

Since the introduction of the Executive Office Group, the first ever ‘systems’ furniture in 1944, Herman Miller has been responding to the changing needs of people at work. Our desks offer the opportunity to create all kinds of work spaces, open plan environments, meetings areas and private offices. As with our performance seating, innovation is key – such as the range of height adjustable desks to cater for the growing sit-stand movement. As the demands on the workplace increase, every element of the working environment needs to support the way we work more efficiently. Our goal is to make the space work harder, for both the organisation and the individual. We achieve this by using ‘systems’ furniture to provide a solution which is multifunctional and can be completely integrated.


We’ve been considering the connection between storage and the way people work for more than 80 years. The work of designers such as Gilbert Rohde, George Nelson, and Robert Propst is the foundation for our human-centred approach to storage design. Today is an era in which the greatest value is derived from exceptional creativity and new ideas. With the ongoing optimisation of production and information sharing, the demand for ever more innovative solutions increases. To remain relevant and productive, storage must go beyond its traditional function of housing the artefacts of work. It needs to be flexible, architectural, and supportive of work and interaction.

Collaborative Furniture

We believe collaboration isn’t exclusive to conference rooms or desks; it happens everywhere. Our collaborative furniture supports both casual and more formal interactions between colleagues, anywhere in the office landscape. Our collaborative portfolio includes products such Kivo, which has the ability to create different work spaces across the office floor. Each new area is functional and appropriate to any intended task–the lightweight free-standing system can simply delineate an area or re-purpose it for something completely new.  Alternatively, our soft seating products, such as Swoop, work to connect people through sofas, chairs and ottomans which create spaces to share, work, talk and meet.

Our products can help your employees do their best work. Our research shows that by changing an office environment to reflect an organisations character and purpose, the office worker becomes more engaged; leading this greater prosperity for the individual and the whole.

Herman Miller

Methuen Park


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0845 2267202

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