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Herman Miller Part One

February 22nd, 2018 by oliviam

Inspiring designs to help people do great things.

Founded in 1905, Herman Miller works to provide solutions through inspiring designs in office, home, and healthcare. This Zeeland, Michigan based manufacturer is recognized for their modern designs, Herman Miller has worked with a number of renowned designers such as Ray and Charles Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard. Recently, they have worked with Ayse Birsel, Yves Béhar and Joey Ruiter.

ITC has been working with Herman Miller since the early 1980s. We recently had the chance to visit Herman Miller’s Design Yard and chat with Marc Gierz, a Senior Design Exploration Lead in the Herman Miller Innovation Kitchen.

Gierz has been with the company for 33 years and has always been in design. He tells us that 33 years sounds like a long time, but opportunities within HM have kept his job interesting and fresh. “I have a lot of freedom to work on different things,” says Gierz, who has worked on everything from seating and lighting to office storage systems.

Gierz said that the Mark Goetz Sofa is one of his favorite Herman Miller products.

We asked what challenges the design team is faced with and Gierz pointed out that every project has its own unique challenges. Herman Miller focuses on problem solving design—no matter what the price point of a product may be—each product has to embody the “Miller DNA.” Gierz also stated that he works with “crazy smart and crazy dedicated” coworkers who go above and beyond to resolve any problems that arise.

Herman Miller is a customer focused brand, with Gierz telling us that the company demonstrates that principle by taking everything to the next level for customers.

When asked what new and exciting products we can expect from Herman Miller in the future, Gierz couldn’t share much information but told us that, “there is always something cooking in the [Herman Miller Innovation] kitchen to be excited about.”

ITC can’t wait to see the next great thing from Herman Miller; maybe it will be a product that ITC will be a part of.

Learn more about Herman Miller.

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Read part two of our Herman Miller Customer Profile featuring Zak Lotter, Supplier Development Manager. 

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