Why do Herman Miller Office Chairs Cost So Much?

Why do Herman Miller chairs cost so much
Why do Herman Miller chairs cost so much

The short answer is that you get what you pay for. When compared to mass produced Smart Phones and Laptops, Herman Miller office and task chairs suddenly don’t seem to cost that much.

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Herman Miller as a company has been around since the turn of the twentieth century. It originally made staid, even old fashioned for its time, furniture and was to be honest quite boring and not very successful.

Then something happened, they got design. They employed a designer called George Nelson and since then have never looked back.

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Their successful designs were what are now called mid-century style and Nelson along with the Eames couple, launched a range of innovative and what are now classic designs.

This lead to experimentation in design and materials and with the Classic Aeron, Herman Miller combined the science of ergonomics, with form and function. That is the reason why the chair was such a success, it was big and it was ugly, but it just worked and people who had to spend long hours hunched over their desks started to appreciate the benefits of this science lead ‘machine’.

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All of this costs money, the designers, the scientists and the behavioural analysts don’t come cheap. Combined with Herman Millers decision to follow strict environmental and material recycling standards, as well as not outsourcing their production to far flung countries have all combined to raise the price of their products.

Yes, they cost quite a bit more than copycat or rip off clones, but as a company, Herman Miller have stood by their principles, their beliefs and their design considerations.

Sorry, this all costs.

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I am a published writer, journalist and photo-journalist. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales and my journalism has been published in a number of UK national newspapers including 'the Observer'. I have life long interest in creative design, art and function and this website is an exploration of that in all its forms and guises.