Herman Miller

Design Is Everybody’s Business

It’s no surprise that the company behind the much-praised Aeron chairHerman Miller – would embrace a compelling design ethos.  The exquisitely-designed chair is featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, after all.

And yet, I was captivated by a recent presentation by the company’s director of insight and exploration, Gretchen Gscheidle.  (Thanks to the folks at San Diego’s CONNECT, for putting on the terrific seminar.)  As Gretchen outlined Herman Miller’s ten principles of design, I found them at once simple and profound.

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Herman Miller, a Business Lab Disguised as a Furniture

I was fascinated by the story told in a recent strategy+business piece about Herman Miller, Inc., the “office-furniture maker.” That descriptor belongs in quotation marks because it seems the company is as adept at building breakthrough business practices as it is its cool Aeron chairs. The article offers a peak into the great company behind the great brand. I’ve culled from the piece insights about what Herman Miller is designing in its business lab:

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Herman Miller's Next Innovation Is in Clinics and Hospitals. How about the Aeron Wheelchair?

by: Idris Mootee

"Renji Murata PSE CDB Chair" was created by the famous illustrator, artist and designer, Renji Murata. Renji "Range" Murata is a well-known Japanese artist known for his unique style combining Art Deco and Japanese anime elements. He is best known for his conceptual design work on anime series Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6. This a great chair for reception area, curious to see if peole would seat on it.

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