QOL Office Furniture Manufacturer Brands (partial list)

 

Herman Miller

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Herman Miller, Inc., based in Zeeland, Michigan, is a major American manufacturer of office furniture, equipment and home furnishings. It is notable as one of the first companies to produce modern furniture and, under the guidance of Design Director George Nelson, is likely the most prolific and influential producer of furniture of the modernist style. Among classic Herman Miller products are the Equa chair, Aeron chair, Noguchi table, Marshmallow sofa, and the Eames Lounge Chair. Herman Miller is credited with the invention of the office cubicle (originally known as the “Action Office II”) in 1968 under then-director of research Robert Propst.[1][2] Herman Miller holds a unique position among furniture manufacturers for having cultivated the talents of a large number of modernist designers, producing a significant number of pieces that are now considered icons of industrial design.

 

Steelcase

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Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) is the global leader in the office furnishings industry[1] , offering a portfolio of products and services for workplaces. Founded in 1912, Steelcase has headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, and more than 50 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Steelcase Inc. family of brands includes Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®, Nurture®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Steelcase specializes in furniture, interior architecture and technology products and services for corporate offices. Through its brands, it also has products for small businesses, healthcare, higher education, and environments for mobile workers.

The company markets it products and services worldwide primarily through approximately 650 independent and company-owned dealers, and also sells through a few retail and web-based channels. It has approximately 11,000 employees worldwide.[2]

The company has been recognized for its future-focused research into work, workers and workplaces.[3] It is also credited with breakthroughs as a sustainability leader: In 2001, Steelcase’s wood furniture factory became the world’s first manufacturing plant to receive LEED Certification for Environmental Excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council and Steelcase has the largest portfolio of products to receive McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry’s Cradle-to-Cradle certification for sustainable products. In 2012 Steelcase Inc. was recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “Most Admired Companies.” [4]

 

Knoll

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Knoll is a design firm that produces office systems, seating, files and storage, tables and desks, textiles (KnollTextiles), and accessories for office and for the home. The company also manufactures furniture for the home by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll (Florence Schust), Frank Gehry, Maya Lin and Eero Saarinen under the company’s KnollStudio division. Over 40 Knoll designs can be found in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The company was founded in New York City in 1938 by Hans Knoll. Production facilities were moved to Pennsylvania in 1950. After the death of Hans in 1955, his wife Florence Knoll took over as head of the company. The company is headquartered in East Greenville, Pennsylvania and has three other major manufacturing sites: Toronto, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon. In addition, the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and trades under the symbol:KNL

 

HON

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The HON Company designs and manufactures office furniture including chairs, filing cabinets, workstations, tables, desks and education furniture. Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, The HON Company has manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States, and offers its products through a nationwide network of dealers and retailers.

The HON Company is the largest operating company of HNI Corporation, the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in North America. Sister companies include Allsteel, Gunlocke, HBF, Paoli, Maxon, Hearth & Home Technologies and Omni Workspace.

 

Haworth

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Haworth Inc. designs and manufactures adaptable workspaces, including raised floors, movable walls, systems furniture, seating, storage and wood casegoods. Founded in 1948 by G.W. Haworth, Haworth is a privately held, family-owned corporation headquartered in Holland, Michigan, United States. Haworth serves markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 600 dealers. In 2010, Haworth’s worldwide sales were US$1.21 billion. Haworth employs nearly 7,000 people worldwide in 20 wholly owned factories and 55 sales offices.

Additional Manufacturer Brands Available from QOL Office Furniture include Trendway, Teknion, Geiger, and much more.