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Dave Simon

Design Director

Herman Miller

Seattle, USA // Dave Simon is an Industrial Designer with 20 years of experience directing and producing design within the furniture industry.

Fueled by a passion for innovation, Simon believes that close observation of human behavior, contextual conditions, and cultural influence, can lead the way when seeking meaningful change and impact through furniture design.

As Herman Miller’s Director of Product Design and Exploration, Dave’s primary responsibility is to assure that design thinking and the ideas of creative partners are persistent throughout the development process. Dave provides strategic guidance and design direction to Herman Miller’s external product design partners and works with internal teams to champion design thinking, discourse, and communication.

Dave began his career with Herman Miller as the Creative Director for Healthcare, where he provided leadership of brand, experience, and product design.

In 2014, Dave joined Herman Miller’s corporate R+D team to focus on global product design initiatives.

Dave's background includes working as an Industrial Designer for Metro Furniture, managing his own Industrial Design studio, and leading Research and Design at Brandrud Furniture – a small Seattle-based design brand acquired by Herman Miller in 2008.

Dave resides in Seattle with his wife, two sons, and two dogs. Rain or shine he enjoys life in the outdoors, cooking, and drinking strong coffee.