The long and winding history of Herman Miller Furniture

Park View, formerly owned by Herman Miller, and before him, Hendrik DeKruif.

DJ DePree was one of a kind. He forged a unique company out of traditional small town Christian values and big city modern design. 

DJ’s father-in-law is partly responsible. Born Herman Mulder in the Netherlands in 1868, his parents, Harm and Stientje Smit Mulder, moved the family to the United States in 1882 and made their home in Grand Rapids. In 1889, Herman became a U.S. citizen and changed his last name to Miller.

That year, he also married Nellie Breen. Together, they had six children, among them Nellie, born in 1893, and Howard, born in 1905. In Grand Rapids, Herman Miller took a job with the Royal Manufacturing Company and, by 1891, had worked his way up to foreman; later he was promoted to superintendent. 

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