‘Diversity’ and ‘inclusivity’ are the buzzwords du jour for a lot of brands, as today’s consumer increasingly looks beyond solely the product and towards company ethos, practices and how they treat the varied communities that make up our societies, before making a purchase.
For some, these are more than mere buzzwords or the latest trend to jump onto, but long-lasting beliefs and commitments that have been weaved into tangible actions. One such brand is Herman Miller, the producer behind some of the most revered designs in modern history. Alongside new pledges to increase its employee representation, ensure pay equity and donate a percentage of profits to causes that align with their values, the company has been working for years to support the LGBTQ+ community.
This support has seen Herman Miller donate more than $670,000 to deserving organisations since 2015, and internally, it has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” for 14 years running.
It also extends to one of Herman Miller’s most iconic products: the Eames Hang-It-All. First designed in the 1950s by Charles and Ray Eames as a way of injecting fun and creativity into the humble coat rack, the Hang-It-All has become synonymous with the well organised, stylish home or office. With its wire frame, angular bends, and solid wood balls, the Hang-It-All has been through many iterations and colourways over the decades, from the original multi-coloured hooks, through to monochrome styles and muted tones.
The latest in a line of well-thought-out designs is the Eames Pride Hang-It-All, complete with rainbow flag colours. Introduced by Herman Miller, this update on the classic design aims to celebrate Pride and promote LGBTQ+ equality in our homes and workplaces.