Before it was Herman Miller, it was Michigan Star Furniture Company and D.J. De Pree had been working there for 4 years as a clerk, after its opening in 1905. In an effort to aid his son-in-law to buy the company, West Michigan businessman, Herman Miller bought Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. Subsequently, the company was renamed Herman Miller and within due time the Herman Miller brand name became synonymous with "modern" furniture as the company grew and employed well known designers such as: George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames; under who the company would produce pieces that would become some of the world's most iconic and well known designs.
Since the company's re-branding, collaborations with designers like Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.5, Yves Behar, Doug Ball, and etc have aided with the company's growth; turning Herman Miller into one of the most influential brands in today's design market. Herman Miller furniture is well recognized around the world for elevating the design of any commercial or residential setting. As a leading brand that boasts modern and mid-century modern designs, Herman Miller has effectively put itself on the map as a key and notable brand that continues to stay at the forefront of producing great designs that will not only maintain relevance but quality as well. From pioneering ergonomic office furniture to stewarding environmental leadership in business strategy and manufacturing processes, Herman Miller's commitment to quality and the world around us continues to be a factor in driving their design solutions for the modern home and workspace. And with proven, all-around reputable pieces, it is without a doubt that any authentic Herman Miller furniture will guarantee lasting excellence throughout the decades to come.
Mark Goetz thinks about furniture in ways that most of us don't. In his 20-year design career, he has been responsible for numerous collections of seating and furniture pieces with a classically modern appeal.
Herman Miller invited Mark to design a sofa for their Home division. The goal was to create an innovative piece that would complement the work of great designers Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. The Goetz Sofa is a design of beauty, comfort, and functionality. It is perfectly suited for everyday living. Through the years Mark has forged and maintained a strong working relationship with Herman Miller in which he's also been engaged in several projects, including ergonomic task seating, the Intersect Portfolio for Collaboration, and the Aside stacking chair.