Herman Miller Earns Top Awards at Industry’s Largest Market Event

Originally posted at HermanMiller.com on June 11, 2008


Accolades include multiple product honors, Best of Competition, and Manufacturer of the Year

Herman Miller, Inc., won with both customers and dealers at the NeoCon 2008 World’s Trade Fair, North America’s largest exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the built environment, held in Chicago, June 9-11. The annual gathering of design professionals, corporate end users, and furniture dealers recognized the company in two separate awards programs, reviewing both new product introductions and also manufacturers’ reputations among independent furniture dealers.


The annual Best of NeoCon Awards for product, juried by more than 50 interior design and real estate management professionals who reviewed more than 400 entries, recognized Herman Miller’s Teneo Storage Furniture with both a Gold award in the Filing and Storage category and the coveted overall “Best of Competition” among all category entries. Additionally, Herman Miller received a Silver award in the Healthcare Seating category for its ergonomically advanced Nala patient room chair, introduced through its Brandrud healthcare subsidiary, while subsidiary Geiger International garnered two Silver awards in Conference Room Casegoods and in Occasional Tables for its Caucus conferencing suite and Lissome table.

The Best of NeoCon awards, now in their 19th year, are sponsored and organized by the International Interior Design Association, the International Facility Management Association, Contract magazine, the McMorrow Report, and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

Herman Miller President and CEO Brian Walker noted, “These awards reflect both our expanding markets strategy and Herman Miller’s continuing investment in innovation, across our office furniture business and in new growth areas like healthcare. It’s particularly meaningful to be recognized by representatives of our key customer audiences–and a testimony to the talent and dedication of the people of Herman Miller, working closely with a great network of independent designers and suppliers.”

In addition to product accolades, Herman Miller also received the “2008 Manufacturer of the Year Gold Award,” presented by the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA). The industry association for independent U.S. and Canadian office furniture dealers annually surveys its membership for their opinions on industry manufacturers. The awards are then presented in conjunction with the NeoCon gathering. This is the second time in three years that Herman Miller has received the top prize among major manufacturers.

Walker concluded, “Herman Miller’s innovation quest goes beyond great product. We think in terms of ‘performance innovation,’ and strive to continually raise the bar in every aspect of our business and in our larger value chain, from supply to distribution. The OFDA’s award is evidence that our efforts are valued by dealers, and we see even greater potential in our shared future.”

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