Herman Miller is credited with the invention of the office cubicle (originally known as the Action Office) in 1968 under then-director of research Robert Propst.
Over the decades, it has worked with numerous other architects and designers including New York architect Gilbert Rodhe, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick.
The company was founded in Zeeland, Michigan, in 1905 as the Star Furniture Company. When D.J De Pree acquired the company in 1923, he renamed it after his father-in-law Herman Miller.
Today, in addition to its classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognised innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments and related technologies and services.
Artist Stephen Frykholm is also noted for his contributions to the brand. From 1970 to 1989, Frykholm produced a series of promotional posters for Herman Miller’s annual summer picnics, some of which are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art.
The company also helped fund the start of the United States Green Building Council, hiring architect William McDonough + Partners to design a factory incorporating green design principles.
Last year’s winner of the Workplace Under 1000sqm category was BVN’s striking Piazza del Ufficio. Sydney designer Adele McNab took out best emerging designer for her Marrickville Warehouse, which was also shortlisted for that category.
To celebrate the partnership between IDEA and Herman Miller, we’ll be giving away a selection of the brand’s Aeron Chair, designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick as a health-positive, cross-performing, inclusively sized and environmentally sensitive ergonomic chair. Stay tuned for competition details.
IDEA 2020 entries close on 5 June. Enter now >
Lead image: Daniel Carlsten for Herman Miller