by: Goodman, Josh; Staubus, Martin
Source: The Beyster Institute
The recognition of a moral dimension to furniture design – and, for that matter, to the design of a business – was embraced and elevated to a high art by the founder's sons, Max and Hugh De Pree. Max supported designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, who, in 1984, led the design of Herman Miller's Equa chair. Their work on the Equa was driven by a commitment to provide a reasonably priced, comfortable, good-looking chair to everybody in offices--not just the higher-ups. D.J. and Hugh De Pree shaped Herman Miller into an organization of employee-owners – a company-wide team of working stockholders sharing a commitment to the design and manufacture of innovative, high-quality yet affordable office furniture. Max championed the employee ownership plans that continue to give the employees an ownership position within the company.
Publication Date: 2008-01-01