Herman Miller®

Founded 1905 (Zeeland, Michigan)

In 1923, D.J. De Pree bought the Michigan Star Furniture Company, founded in 1905 and his employer since 1909, and renamed it in honor of his father-in-law, Herman Miller, who had helped fund the purchase. By the middle of the 20th century, the company name had become synonymous with modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller produced furnishings that have become design icons. The company has collaborated with some of the greatest designers in the world, and today it’s known for fresh and innovative furnishings for home and office – along with the original classics. A publicly held corporation headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, Herman Miller operates in over 100 countries through a host of focused businesses, including Design Within Reach, Maharam, HAY, Nemschoff and Geiger International.

Herman Miller’s Honeybees. In 1995, Herman Miller moved into its new manufacturing facility, named the “GreenHouse” because its interior resembles that of a greenhouse. The name also acknowledges the fact that this William McDonough-designed structure was selected by the U.S. Green Building Council as a pilot for the development of its LEED certification process. A few years after the company moved into the building, thousands of paper wasps appeared and began building nests on its exterior, eventually making their way inside. So came an opportunity for creative problem solving, as Herman Miller was committed to avoiding chemical insecticides.

Instead, they turned to nature, bringing in 12 honeybee hives, with approximately 600,000 honeybees. Wasps and bees are not natural friends, and once the bees took over the area, the wasps moved on. Bonus: The bees cross-pollinate the 45 acres of meadows that surround the building, resulting in a luscious sea of wildflowers – and even better, lots of sweet honey. As a result, Herman Miller has karma-rich GreenHouse Honey to share with clients and visitors.

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