Herman Miller: Company History

The history of Herman Miller and the now-famous Herman Miller furniture line began when an ambitious young man found himself at the helm of a new furniture company in Zeeland, Michigan. Star Furniture Company, a traditional bedroom furniture manufacturer, had opened its doors for business in 1905. As the business grew and they needed more employees, the company hired 18-year-old D.J. De Pree to serve as…

The Design of the Nelson Swag Leg Group

George Nelson, the originator of the Nelson Swag Leg Collection, was one of the more important designers of the last century. He made his name primarily in industrial design, but he also worked in urban architecture, and as a journalist. He was a great businessman as well, and Herman Miller enjoyed great success and growth during his time as a creative director. He was…

Design Story: The Nelson Swag Leg Collection

50 years ago, in a meeting at Herman Miller, history was made. Folks were talking about furniture, about design, and about how to make something new and beautiful for their customers to put to use. An energetic man, an architect, an author, a journalist, a teacher and a designer, had an idea. “Wouldn’t it be beautiful to have some kind of sculptured leg on…

Herman Miller: Environmental Record

The Herman Miller furniture company is known around the world for their ingenious design, quality products, and modern approach to furniture. Their focus on the individual customer’s wants and needs has enabled them to create award-winning products with legendary designers around the world. While the company focuses on excellence in design and manufacturing, Herman Miller conducts business in a way that doesn’t blindly focus…

The Eames Molded Plastic Chairs: Environmental Profile

There aren’t many companies as committed to environmental issues as Herman Miller is, and few dealers as committed as we are at Smart Furniture. Over the many decades that Herman Miller has dominated the American fine furniture market, they’ve always put the health of the planet and of their workers and customers first and foremost. For every product they make, including the Eames Molded Plastic…