Friday, October 28, 2005

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Alliance with Bretford, Inc.



CHICAGO, IL - Herman Miller, Inc., announced at its Global Sales Conference here today that it has entered into a marketing alliance agreement with Bretford, Inc., a manufacturer of award-winning furniture products for training, meeting, visual display, and library applications.

Bretford is highly regarded for its innovative designs and complete solutions for meeting rooms, conference rooms, and learning spaces. Bretford provides a broad offering of tables, technology support, and visual display products that meet a wide range of customer needs. The family owned company, founded in 1948 and based in the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park, IL, also has an array of open-plan office solutions that will be distributed exclusively through the Herman Miller dealer channel beginning January 1, 2006.

The Bretford alliance offers expanded product choices for Herman Miller clients in the contract office market. The alliance is also an important component of the company's strategy to enhance and expand its ability to provide highly effective environments for learning activities in corporate facilities, colleges, and universities.

The agreement takes effect immediately and provides Herman Miller dealers and corporate sales personnel with access to all of Bretford's products. Bretford's alliance with Herman Miller is for the North American marketplaces of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

"Bretford's comprehensive offer of beautifully designed products for meeting and learning environments is a wonderful complement to Herman Miller's product offering," said Charley Vranian, executive vice president of North American Emerging Markets for Herman Miller. "This marketing alliance will allow both companies to better serve our customers, and provides our dealers with an exclusive set of great products from a company that shares our values and our dedication to design and innovation."

Added Mike Briggs, president of Bretford: "We're thrilled to strike up this alliance with an industry leader whose history, values, and core competencies of innovation, design, and high quality are in sync with our own. Just as there is a Herman Miller way of doing business that is a model for our industry, we practice a Bretford way that is similar: Do the right thing. Do it with passion. Do it with pride. We think the combination of Bretford and Herman Miller will be an unbeatable proposition in the contract office and higher education marketplaces. This alliance opens a new and exciting chapter in our company's history."

Vranian hailed Bretford's strength in problem-solving design, integrating technology into their solutions, and commitment to sustainability and the environment as attributes that contribute to the attractiveness of the alliance.

For nearly 57 years, Bretford has spent time and energy developing, manufacturing, and selling product solutions that help people learn and work to the best of their ability.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.51 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. In fiscal 2004 Herman Miller was named recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2005 the company was again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit www.HermanMiller.com.

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Alliance with Brandrud, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL - Herman Miller, Inc., announced at its Global Sales Conference here today that it has negotiated a marketing alliance agreement with Brandrud, Inc., a leading manufacturer of seating products for healing environments and community spaces.

Brandrud, a 50-year-old firm located in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, WA, has an extensive product portfolio that is primarily focused on the healthcare market. As a market leader in the design and manufacture of healthcare seating, Brandrud's products complement Herman Miller for Healthcare's comprehensive offer of clinical products and office furniture for healthcare facilities.

The alliance provides Herman Miller dealers and sales personnel with significant new capabilities to meet customers' needs for product solutions in patient rooms, exam rooms, treatment areas, and lobby and lounge areas.

The agreement takes effect immediately. Herman Miller will distribute the full range of Brandrud's products throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico.

"Healthcare is a huge opportunity for Herman Miller, and Brandrud is a great fit," said Charley Vranian, executive vice president of North American Emerging Markets for Herman Miller. "This alliance will help build on the terrific momentum we're experiencing with Herman Miller for Healthcare--and it's an added bonus that some of Brandrud's soft seating for lobby and lounge areas will enhance our higher education and work environment offerings."

Brandrud's Co-President Lee Falck called the alliance agreement a "powerful pairing of innovation, culture, and values. Brandrud is committed to problem-solving design, as is Herman Miller. Brandrud is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility, and Herman Miller is the acknowledged industry leader in that regard. Brandrud and Herman Miller both are known for great people practices--and attentive customer service. We are well matched in our history and approach as we enter this alliance."

Brandrud designs personal spaces within public places through its innovative seating collections and related furnishings for the healthcare and education markets. The company blends research, design talent, materials, fabrics, and sustainability practices in its aspiration to set new design standards.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.51 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. In fiscal 2004 Herman Miller was named recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2005 the company was again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit www.HermanMiller.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Thoroughly modern Miller

Herman Miller's designers changed the way we work

Kim Van Syoc wrote this educational article on the history and influence of Herman Miller in the office environment.

An interesting fact she mentions about the company is that Herman Miller never worked at Herman Miller!

Read Article

Friday, October 21, 2005

Herman Miller renames Cella chair to Celle chair


Herman Miller's newest seating innovation, the Cella chair, has been renamed the Celle chair. Still pronounced (sell'a), the Celle chair name focuses on the cellular construction of the chair. Its cellular suspension, a patented system of cells and loops flexes in concert with the body's movements for day-long comfort.

Herman Miller was unable to trademark the name spelled "Cella" and a company, who's name I do not know at the time of this writing, had filed a suit to prevent Herman Miller from using the name. Herman Miller decided to change the name now rather than litigate and potentially have to change the name later.

Celle sounds Italian to me but actually, according to Wikipedia, Celle is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. Let's hope Herman Miller can protect the "Celle" name.

More info on Herman Miller's Celle chair can be found online at: http://www.bfionline.com/celle/

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Mirra chairs sport new colors, enhanced-comfort AireWeave fabric

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AireWeave follows the body's contours and distributes pressure evenly. A new, more supportive weave means even greater long-term comfort.

The popular Mirra chair line continues to extend its appeal on two fronts: color choices and comfort.

Now available are three new, more color-saturated choices - graphite dark, blue fog dark, and cappuccino dark - for AireWeave, the chair's breathable seat-suspension fabric.

3Q11 Graphite3Q12 Shadow3Q13 Citron
3Q11 Graphite3Q12 Shadow3Q13 Citron
3Q14 Felt Green3Q15 Blug Fog3Q16 Cappuccino
3Q14 Felt Green3Q15 Blue Fog3Q16 Cappuccino
3Q17 Terra Cotta3Q20 Alpine7Q01 Graphite dark
3Q17 Terra Cotta3Q20 Alpine7Q01 Graphite dark
7Q05 Blug fog dark7Q06 Cappuccino dark
7Q05 Blue fog dark7Q06 Cappuccino dark

AireWeave itself, which follows the body's contours and distributes pressure evenly, has also been enhanced. A new, more supportive weave means even greater long-term seated comfort for Mirra users.

Mirra orders with ship dates on or after September 19 will be produced with the new AireWeave.

Wayne Baxter, senior product manager, compares the enhancements to a model year changeover for an automobile.

"After two years, it was time to update the Mirra line," he says. "The new colors and AireWeave are completely compatible with existing Mirra chairs. They work well together - and look great, too."

He notes that all Mirra AireWeave colors have been enhanced for a richer look.

With the color additions come two deletions. Due to low sales volumes, lime and tangerine are no longer available as AireWeave choices. That means that Mirra now offers a total of 12 color choices.

A&D offer. From now until November 11, 2005, A&D firms can purchase Mirra chairs for 67% off (limit of 20 chairs per A&D location). These chairs are only for the firms' use and are not for resale. Contact us for details.

For more information visit our Mirra Chair page at: http://www.bfionline.com/mirra/