Design and furnishings company Herman Miller has opened a standalone location in Chicago’s Fulton Market that brings together its growing family of eight brands under one roof in a new retail, showroom and exhibition space.
The 45,000-square-foot location occupies a landmark 1920s brick building with an adjoining five-story newbuild, complete with a rooftop and outdoor pavilion. Developed by Fulton St. Companies in collaboration with Herman Miller’s in-house design team, the structure retains the original façade and seamlessly blends into the surrounding historic meatpacking corridor turned tech hotspot. Previously, Herman Miller operated a traditional trade-only showroom in the Merchandise Mart.
“Today, more than ever, our customers are focused on creating useful places that matter,” said Andi Owen, CEO of Herman Miller Group in a statement. “Our integrated approach blends home and work environments to respond not just to the needs of our core A&D customers, but also business leaders grappling with how to evolve their offices for tomorrow. Likewise, we’re also meeting the growing demands of consumers who now, perhaps more than ever, have a heightened need, awareness and appreciation of good design at home.”
On the ground floor, shoppers will discover Herman Miller’s three distinct retail brands — Design Within Reach, HAY and Herman Miller — side by side. The brands’ offerings include furnishings, accessories and performance seating for home and office.
Herman Miller Group showrooms are located on the floors above, along with a design center that offers an open lounge and meeting area where designers can meet and collaborate. Adjacent to the Herman Miller showroom on the third floor, the Eames Pavilion features a library, exhibition space and outdoor terrace, providing a platform for education, expression and open engagement.
As part of the company’s real estate portfolio and global footprint, Herman Miller Group at Fulton Market has aligned the design of the showroom experience to the concepts and features outlined in the WELL Building Standard (WELL), the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.