On April 21st, a profusion of roses and marigolds filled the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Bangalore with their heady, sweet fragrance. Against a backdrop of antique photographs, a floral decoupage tricycle and the top-end of India’s social and cultural scene, Herman Miller brought all the romance of sub-tropical summer to celebrate a momentous occasion in the company’s history.
This much-awaited 10 years’ celebration – DASHAKA: 10 Years of Creating Inspiring Workplaces – marks a decade of Herman Miller’s presence in the country. Since the last decade of the previous century, Herman Miller has been extensively involved in reimagining over 3,000 workplaces across India’s growing economy. From the establishment in 2007 of its first registered office in India under the name of Herman Miller India Pvt. Ltd., this branch of the multinational design brand has observed an unforeseen level of growth – a sure-fire sign of both the truly global appeal of Herman Miller’s design prowess, and India’s burgeoning design appetite.
Opening festivities with the traditional Indian welcome of the region and the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Mr Andy Lock (President of Herman Miller International), Mr Kartik Shethia (VP of Asia Pacific, Herman Miller), Ms Joanne Williams (VP of Human Resources, Herman Miller International), and Mr Richard Scott (VP of Operations and IT, Herman Miller International), marked the formalities of the evening with an impressive line-up of Herman Miller’s international executive team.
In a remarkable nod to the brand’s sustained commitment to aiding all local communities of their global operation – and, as part of Herman Miller’s CSR initiative – the event also hosted some of the region’s NGOs involved in the crusade to better the living conditions of the local disabled community.
And yet, for a company founded in 1923, there was nothing geriatric about the festivities of the day. Proving that Herman Miller is – and always will be – a youthful, energetic brand, high-powered dance performances, musical tributes, flash mobs and spontaneous ‘Aeron Hockey Matches’ gave punters the chance to kick-back, have fun and – all importantly – experience the jubilance at the very core of the Herman Miller philosophy.
And that jubilance exploded throughout the entire building. Thanks to over 220 drums, each Herman Miller employee joined in a drum jamming session that shook the walls of the Sheraton Grand, made a few residents pop their heads out of windows, get their phones out and record the roaring percussion rolling through the streets of Bangalore.
Herman Miller continues to march to the beat of its own drum. For over 100 years the brand stands as a benchmark for ‘modern design’ – a clarion call that has drawn the legendary work of luminaries such as George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, among many more. Continuing to collaborate with only the best of the best in international contemporary design, Herman Miller’s 10th anniversary in India represents a milestone achievement in the power and importance of design in the world’s most rapidly growing market.