Videos

Learn about Herman Miller and how we do things differently from design to protecting the environment to production.

To celebrate the launch of WHY, we asked animators Part of a Bigger Plan to answer the big question—Why has Herman Miller thrived for 108 years?

When we opened the Herman Miller GreenHouse, we found a few uninvited guests. See how we turned a pesky problem into a sweet solution by acting on our belief in sustainable design.


 

Learn about Herman Miller and how we do things differently.


 

Herman Miller’s Design Yard is a place where people and ideas meet. The people include employees, guests, consultants, customers. The ideas are as varied as the people themselves–designers, engineers, writers, researchers, planners, marketers. As a facility that supports connection and communication, the Design Yard seeks to leverage the culture of participation that has sparked ideas at Herman Miller for many years.

Herman Miller partnered with five artists to interpret “for a better world around you” on Eames molded plastic rocker chairs. Take a look at the artistic process behind the five one-of-one chairs.

Designer Joey Ruiter tells you how Intent Furniture came to be.

Designer Jeff Weber on sitting, posture, and the design behind the Embody chair. From NeoCon 2009

What do we do every day? We sit. We sit in the office and at home. Staring at our computer screens moving nothing but our fingers. We get stiff and tired. Because sitting is bad for you. Embody is good for you. An agile chair that keeps your body and brain limber all day. Designed specifically for people who work for hours at computers, Embody is the first work chair that benefits both mind and body.

Animator Bill Porter takes us on a simple journey through the life of a boy and a girl and the chair they encounter at every turn.

Concept and Creative Direction: WHY [http://hermanmiller.com/why]
Animation: Bill Porter [http://www.bpbpbp.com/]

Arguably one of the most recognizable of Nelson’s designs, Longinotti recounts how the Marshmallow Sofa came to be and how she became the woman on top!

Series Overview: George Nelson’s longtime “aide-de-camp,” Hilda Longinotti, paints a unique portrait of the designer’s legendary New York City atelier in WHY’s latest four-part video series “The Hilda Stories,” animated by Damien Florébert Cuypers.

Concept and Creative Direction: WHY [http://hermanmiller.com/why]
Animation: Damien Florébert Cuypers [http://damienflorebertcuypers.com]
Music, Sound Design, and Post-production: Hello [http://hellodesign.com]

Discover why Herman Miller’s Design Yard is an inspiring place to work.

http://www.hermanmiller.com/why/desig…

Everywhere in Your Day
If you whittled 1440 minutes in a day down to just one, which moments would stand out most? Reading the newspaper at breakfast? Giving a big presentation at work? Relaxing at home with your family? For our Everywhere in Your Day interactive video and contest campaign, we used stop motion animation to reimagine the course of a day in just one minute, proving that no matter where you work (in an Aeron Chair), hang your hat (on an Eames Hang-It-All), or rest your head (in an Eames Lounge Chair), Herman Miller fits—everywhere in your day.

Everywhere in Your Day–Contest Details
All month long, Herman Miller will release biweekly clues that lead participants through the interactive Everywhere in Your Day video and the Herman Miller Store, where the clickable answers are embedded. Clicking on the correct answer will enter participants to win a series of select Herman Miller prizes; playing all eight clues qualifies players to win the grand prize, an Eames Lounge and Ottoman.

Finding Balance: Craftsmanship
The enduring designs of the Herman Miller Collection strike a balance between seemingly contradictory ideas: aspiration and accessibility, sculpture and engineering, elegance and informality, beauty and comfort. Not the least of these is its delicate balance of craft and industrial processes. The Collection moves forward by utilizing the latest technologies and newest materials available. But it remains grounded in the quality and value produced by the craftsmanship, thoughtfulness, and individual human touches of the workers who assemble many of its pieces by hand. These details make a difference. And as Charles Eames said, “The details are not details. They make the product.”

About Why Design
At Herman Miller design is the language we use to ask questions and seek answers to the problems our customers face. The design process is a journey into the unknown—or as George Nelson once quipped, “I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we like to begin by asking the question “Why?” In Why Design, a new video series, we explore the world through the eyes of our designers, and share something of why we value their point of view.

Studio 7.5
7.5 ton vehicles are permissible to drive with a regular driver’s license in Germany, and designers Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, and Carola Zwick, along with engineer Roland Zwick, thought it would be ideal to set up a design studio on wheels. The truck didn’t work out, but they kept the number as a reminder to continuously drive forward and push into new frontiers—-as evinced by their ground-breaking Mirra and Setu chairs.