Profile: Herman Miller


Who? Herman Miller is one of the largest and best known office and healthcare furniture manufacturers in the world. We are particularly renowned for our great design heritage and ongoing work with world leading designers to bring products that are not only functional, ergonomic and practical, but that also delight the eye.


In the words of our founder, D J DePree, ‘Good design isn’t just good business, it’s a moral obligation’.Herman Miller pioneered many ideas now considered industry standards, such as the Ergon chair introduced in 1976, the first ergonomic task chair in the market.

Ergon 3, based on that groundbreaking design, is still in production today. In 1953 we started our environmental policy, with our founder stating: ‘We will be good stewards of the environment’, and that desire is still at the core of our policies today, nearly 60 years on.

What’s New? We are constantly developing our product lines and introducing new offers.Our Canvas collection is an example of this, where two of our most successful furniture ranges have been further developed and enhanced into one complete collection that has solutions from benching to executive offices.

The Sayl family of office chairs designed by Yves Behar continues our tradition of bringing design led ergonomics to the market.Behar is known for pushing the boundaries of technology and SAYL continues this trend.Offering Herman Miller quality and manufactured with our impassioned respect for the environment, SAYL is at the cutting edge of design and ergonomics, whilst still offering customers a chair with an attainable price.

EVENTS? Live Unframed is a celebration of out latest seating offer, Sayl by Yves Behar.

The line was launched with huge acclaim worldwide and has won multiple awards across the globe and is featured in the London Design Museum as a permanent exhibit. Rather than just show the product, we decided it was a great time to celebrate its incredible success and hold a party event featuring the entire collection, details and original examples of the evolution of the design flown in from Yves studio.

Beyond that, we thought it was time to have some fun, to thank the design community that work with us and to meet some of those we didn’t know.We hope to make this an annual event and have a number of other marketing events planned regionally throughout the year.

We are also using the event to announce our regional sponsorship of the AIA, as we feel it’s important to continue the support of professional organisations in our industry.

Herman Miller’s rich history of collaborating with some of the most pioneering designers of our time, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Bill Stumpf, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.5 and Yves Behar, combined with their leadership in the field of workplace research and  knowledge, makes them a great partner to share their learnings, insight and vision with AIA members.

This will have both a positive impact on the direction of the profession within the region, and on the environments that they create.

Projects? We’ve had a great start to our business year, winning major work across the region. Some markets we expected to be relatively quiet this year, such as Egypt and Bahrain, have really surprised us with their activity levels.We’ve also had great projects in our traditionally strong markets such as Saudi, Qatar, UAE and South Africa.

Contact Rob Keddie — regional director PO Box 37190 Office 606, The Pinnacle Building, Al Barsha 1, Dubai +9714 515 6565

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