US-based Herman Miller has entered the retail market in Japan by opening their first ever directly-owned and managed store. This first global retail store located in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo is a 250sqm showroom selling chairs, desks, lighting, cabinets, accessories and more for home and office. The Herman Miller retail store is set to expand the brand and business away from dealerships which have been the traditional form of marketing and sales in Japan up until now.
Herman Miller founded in 1923 though not really involved in furniture sales until the 1960s is credited with the invention of the office cubicle among other developments through partnerships with Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson and Irving Harper.
The (first) Herman Miller retail store is located in Marunouchi on the first floor of the Meiji Yasuda Life Building.