Published July 21, 2021
The Newest Name in the Industry
Herman Miller and Knoll complete merger and announce a new name for combined company — MillerKnoll
By Jen Levisen
First-floor retail experience at Design Within Reach in Herman Miller’s new location at Fulton Market in Chicago, 2021. Courtesy of Herman Miller.
Herman Miller announced earlier this week that, after completing the acquisition of Knoll, Inc. on July 19, 2021, the combined company will move forward as MillerKnoll. The announcement comes three months after Herman Miller announced its $1.8 billion acquisition of Knoll and is pending approval from Herman Miller shareholders at its upcoming annual meeting.
Herman Miller and Knoll, and their legacy brands, will continue as distinct brands as part of MillerKnoll.
“We are excited to introduce MillerKnoll, a collective of dynamic brands coming together to design the world we live in,” said Andi Owen, President and Chief Executive Officer of MillerKnoll.
“Our industry — and the world in general — is changing rapidly. Design is the way we imagine and shape a better future. In coming together, we will define and lead this transformation, like we have other transformations in our histories.”
(Top Left) Wireframe sofa designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin and Rudder Table designed by Isamu Noguchi, 2012. Courtesy of Herman Miller. (Top Right) Herman Miller showroom at 251 Park Avenue South. The building has housed the corporate offices of Maharam since 1992. Courtesy of Herman Miller. (Bottom) Architect Sir David Adjaye introduced Washington Collection in collaboration with Knoll in 2013. Skeleton Chair, simultaneously sculptural and functional, comprises a fine geometric lattice of aluminum. Courtesy of Knoll, Inc.
MillerKnoll: The Preeminent Leader in Modern Design
Herman Miller and Knoll have deep legacies as industry pioneers and a shared commitment to design, innovation, operational excellence, sustainability, and social good.
“We are a group of people and brands guided by a shared vision, common values, and a steadfast commitment to design,” continued Owen. “As MillerKnoll, we’ll push and inspire each other to innovate and design the future for all the places where life happens.”
MillerKnoll, headquartered in Zeeland, Mich., will now have about 11,000 employees, 19 brands, a presence in more than 100 countries, a global dealer network, 64 showrooms, and more than 50 retail locations under its newly combined umbrella.