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Herman Miller Furniture Company

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Founded in 1905 as the Star Furniture Company in Zeeland, Michigan, manufacturer of high quality traditional wood furniture, by 1919, Dirk Jan De Pree, President of the Company, and his father-in-law, Herman Miller, had become majority stock holders in the company and renamed it for Miller. During the Great Depression, the company explored new products, and manufactured furniture of modern design to spur sales. Working with designers such as Gilbert Rohde by the early 1940s, and later with George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Alexander Girard, the company manufactured a number of pieces, that are considered icons of mid-20th century modernist furniture. The company also focused on producing innovative office furnshings and furniture systems. Herman Miller, Inc. continues today to create cutting-edge and sustainable design for both the home and the workplace.