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                              HERMAN MILLER, INC.
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                              HERMAN MILLER, INC.
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                               HERMAN MILLER, INC.


                  NOTICE OF 1997 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
                               and PROXY STATEMENT


August ____, 1997



Dear Shareholder:

Herman  Miller,  Inc.'s  fiscal year ended May 31, 1997.  Enclosed you will find
this year's  Annual  Report and a proxy card to vote your shares.  Also,  let us
know if you expect to attend  the  annual  Shareholders  Meeting  scheduled  for
October 1, 1997, by mailing a reservation card or by contacting  Robbie Kroll at
616-654-3305.

We will be meeting at a new location this year.  The  Shareholders  Meeting will
take place at the  Zeeland  High  School  Performing  Arts  Center,  3333 - 96th
Avenue,  Zeeland,  Michigan.  (A map is  enclosed.)  Chairman of the Board David
Nelson will convene the business  meeting  promptly at 4 p.m. EDT.  Please allow
time for parking and  registration.  After the business  meeting,  we will serve
hors  d'oeuvres and light  refreshments  to all who indicate on the  reservation
card that they will be staying.

The Annual Report discusses our performance for fiscal 1997 and presents some of
the reasons behind a great year at Herman Miller.  If you have any questions for
us or for other senior  managers,  please  write them on the  enclosed  card and
return it to us. If there isn't time at the meeting to answer all the  questions
we receive, a member of our team or one of us will mail you a response.  We will
also take questions during the meeting.

During  the  business  meeting,  we will elect  five  directors  to the Board of
Directors,  vote to increase the authorized common stock, ratify Arthur Andersen
LLP as our independent  public  accountants,  and transact any other business as
may come before the meeting.

We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,



Michael A. Volkema                           David L. Nelson
President and Chief Executive Officer        Chairman of the Board of Directors




                             YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT.
                           PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN, DATE
                         AND PROMPTLY RETURN YOUR PROXY
                          CARD IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE

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                    NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS


     The  annual  meeting  of the  shareholders  of  Herman  Miller,  Inc.  (the
"Company"), will be held at the Zeeland High School Performing Arts Center, 3333
- - 96th Avenue, Zeeland,  Michigan, on Wednesday,  the 1st of October, 1997, at 4
p.m. (E.D.T.) for the following purposes:

     1.   To elect  four  directors,  each for a term of  three  years,  and one
          director for a term of one year.

     2.   To consider and vote upon a proposal to amend the  Company's  Articles
          of  Incorporation  to  increase  the  authorized   common  stock  from
          60,000,000  shares to  120,000,000  shares of common  stock,  $.20 par
          value.

     3.   To  consider  and act upon a  proposal  to ratify the  appointment  of
          Arthur Andersen LLP as independent  public accountants for the Company
          for the fiscal year ending May 30, 1998.

     4.   To  transact  such other  business  as may  properly  come  before the
          meeting or any adjournment thereof.

     Shareholders  of record at the close of business on August 4, 1997, will be
entitled to vote at the meeting.

     Whether or not you expect to be present at this  meeting,  you are urged to
sign the enclosed proxy and return it promptly in the enclosed envelope.  If you
do attend the meeting and wish to vote in person,  you may do so even though you
have submitted a proxy.



By order of the Board of Directors
James N. DeBoer, Jr., Secretary of the Board
August ____, 1997

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                               HERMAN MILLER, INC.

                              855 East Main Avenue
                                  P.O. Box 302
                          Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0302

                    PROXY STATEMENT DATED AUGUST _____, 1997

     This Proxy  Statement is furnished to the  shareholders  of Herman  Miller,
Inc.  (the  "Company"),  in  connection  with the  solicitation  by the Board of
Directors  of  proxies to be used at the Annual  Meeting of  Shareholders.  This
meeting will be held on Wednesday,  October 1, 1997,  at 4 p.m.  (E.D.T.) at the
Zeeland  High  School  Performing  Arts  Center,  3333 - 96th  Avenue,  Zeeland,
Michigan.

                             SOLICITATION OF PROXIES

     Each  shareholder,  as an  owner of the  Company,  is  entitled  to vote on
matters scheduled to come before the Annual Meeting. The use of proxies allows a
shareholder  of the Company to be represented at the Annual Meeting if he or she
is unable to attend  the  meeting in person.  The proxy card  accompanying  this
Proxy Statement is to be used for such purpose.

     If the proxy card is properly  executed and  returned to the  Company,  the
shares  represented  by the  proxy  will  be  voted  at the  Annual  Meeting  of
Shareholders and at any adjournment of that meeting.  Where shareholders specify
a choice, the proxy will be voted as specified.  If no choice is specified,  the
shares  represented  by the proxy will be voted for the election of all nominees
named in the proxy and for the proposals described in this Proxy Statement.

     A proxy may be revoked  prior to its  exercise by (1)  delivering a written
notice of revocation to the Secretary of the Company, (2) executing a proxy at a
later  date,  or (3)  attending  the  meeting  and  voting in  person.  However,
attendance at the meeting does not automatically serve to revoke a proxy.

                              ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

     The Board of Directors has nominated James R. Carreker, C. William Pollard,
Ruth A.  Reister,  and Richard H. Ruch,  for election to serve as members  whose
terms expire at the 2000 annual  meeting.  Each of the nominees  previously  has
been  elected  as a  director  by the  Company's  shareholders,  except  for Mr.
Carreker  who was  elected by the Board in January  1997.  Dr.  Charles Ray will
retire at the annual meeting in accordance with the Company's bylaws requiring a
director to retire at the annual meeting following his seventieth birthday.  The
Board of Directors has  nominated  Dorothy A. Terrell for election as a director
for a one-year  term to expire at the 1998 annual  meeting,  to fill the vacancy
created by Dr. Ray's retirement.

     The latter portion of this Proxy Statement  contains more information about
the nominees.  Unless otherwise  directed by a shareholder's  proxy, the persons
named as proxy voters in the accompanying proxy will vote for the nominees named
above. If any of the nominees become unavailable,  which is not anticipated, the
Board of Directors,  at its discretion,  may designate substitute  nominees,  in
which  event the  enclosed  proxy will be voted for such  substituted  nominees.
Proxies  cannot be voted for a greater  number  of  persons  than the  number of
nominees named.

     A  plurality  of the votes  cast at the  meeting is  required  to elect the
nominees as directors  of the Company.  Accordingly,  the four  individuals  who
receive  the  largest  number of votes  cast at the  meeting  will be elected as
directors.  Shares  not voted at the  meeting,  whether  by  abstention,  broker
nonvote,  or  otherwise,  will not be treated as votes cast at the meeting.  The
Board of Directors  recommends a vote FOR the election of all persons  nominated
by the Board.

                                       -1-

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                  PROPOSED INCREASE IN AUTHORIZED COMMON STOCK

     The Company's  Board of Directors has proposed that the first  paragraph of
Article III of the  Company's  Articles of  Incorporation  (the  "Articles")  be
amended to read as follows:

        The total  number of shares of all  classes of stock which the
        Corporation  shall have the  authority to issue is one hundred
        thirty  million  (130,000,000)  shares,  of which one  hundred
        twenty million  (120,000,000)  shares shall be common stock of
        the par  value  of $.20  per  share  and  ten  million  shares
        (10,000,000)  shares shall be series preferred stock,  without
        par value.

     This amendment  would increase the Company's  authorized  common stock from
60,000,000  shares to 120,000,000  shares of common stock,  $.20 par value.  The
purpose of the  amendment  is to provide  additional  shares of common stock for
future issuance.  As of August 4, 1997,  there were 46,114,043  shares of common
stock issued and outstanding  and 3,279,068  shares of common stock reserved for
issuance  under  the  Company's  Stock  Compensation  Plans and  Employee  Stock
Purchase  Plan. As a result,  as of August 4, 1997,  only  10,606,889  shares of
common stock remain  available  for future  issuance.  The Company has no series
preferred stock issued or outstanding and the proposed amendment to the Articles
would not effect the 10,000,000 shares of presently  authorized series preferred
stock.

     The Board of Directors  believes it  desirable  to increase the  authorized
number of shares of common stock in order to provide the Company  with  adequate
flexibility in corporate planning and strategies. The availability of additional
common stock for issuance could be used in connection with a number of purposes,
including corporate financing, future acquisitions, and other corporate purposes
such as the issuance of stock  dividends and stock options.  There are currently
no agreements or understandings  regarding the issuance of any of the additional
shares of common  stock that would be  available  if this  proposal is approved.
Such additional  authorized  shares may be issued for such purposes and for such
consideration   as  the  Board  of  Directors  may  determine   without  further
shareholder  approval,  unless such action is required by applicable  law or the
rules of any stock exchange on which the Company's securities may be listed.

     The  additional  shares of Common Stock for which  authorization  is sought
would be part of the existing class of common stock,  and, to the extent issued,
would  have the same  rights  and  privileges  as the  shares  of  common  stock
presently outstanding. Ownership of shares of the Company's common stock confers
no preemptive rights.

     The increase in the  authorized  but unissued  shares of common stock which
would  result from  adoption of the  proposed  amendment  could have a potential
anti-takeover  effect with respect to the Company,  although  management  is not
presenting the proposal for that reason and does not presently  anticipate using
the increased authorized shares for such a purpose. The potential  anti-takeover
effect of the proposed  amendment  arises because it would enable the Company to
issue additional  shares of common stock up to the total authorized  number with
the effect that the  shareholdings  and related  voting  rights of then existing
shareholders  would be  diluted  to an  extent  proportionate  to the  number of
additional shares issued.

     The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares
of  common  stock of the  Company  is  required  for  approval  of the  proposed
amendment. Unless otherwise directed by a shareholder's proxy, the persons named
as proxy voters in the accompanying proxy will vote FOR the amendment.

     The Board of Directors recommends a vote "FOR" the approval of the proposed
amendment to the Company's  Articles of  Incorporation to increase the number of
shares of authorized common stock.

                                       -2-

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          RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

     The Board of Directors has  appointed  Arthur  Andersen LLP as  independent
public  accountants  for the Company  for the fiscal  year ending May 30,  1998.
Representatives  of Arthur Andersen LLP will be present at the annual meeting of
shareholders  and  available  to respond to  appropriate  questions.  The Arthur
Andersen LLP  representatives  will have the  opportunity to make a statement if
they so desire.

     Although the submission of this matter for approval by  shareholders is not
legally required,  the Board of Directors  believes that such submission follows
sound  corporate  business  practice  and  is  in  the  best  interests  of  the
shareholders.  If the  shareholders  do not  approve  the  selection  of  Arthur
Andersen LLP, the selection of such firm as independent  public  accountants for
the Company will be reconsidered by the Board of Directors.

     The  Board  of  Directors  recommends  a vote FOR the  ratification  of the
appointment  of  Arthur  Andersen  LLP  as  the  Company's   independent  public
accountants.

                                       -3-

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                  VOTING SECURITIES AND PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS

     On August 4, 1997, the Company had 46,114,043 shares of common stock issued
and outstanding, par value $.20 per share. Shareholders are entitled to one vote
for each  share of  common  stock  registered  in  their  names at the  close of
business  on August 4, 1997,  the record  date fixed by the Board of  Directors.
Votes  cast at the  meeting  and  submitted  by proxy will be  tabulated  by the
Company's  transfer  agent.  As of  August  4,  1997,  no  person  was  known by
management  to be the  beneficial  owner of more than 5 percent of the Company's
common stock.


                   DIRECTOR AND EXECUTIVE OFFICER INFORMATION

     Security  Ownership of Management.  The following table shows, as of August
4, 1997, the number of shares beneficially owned by each of the Named Executives
identified in the executive  compensation  tables of this Proxy Statement and by
all  directors  and  executive  officers as a group.  Except as described in the
notes  following  the  table,  the  following   persons  have  sole  voting  and
dispositive power as to all of their respective shares.

<TABLE>
                                             Amount and Nature
Named Executive                          of Beneficial Ownership(1)       Percent of Class(3)
<S>                                            <C>                              <C>
Michael A. Volkema                               338,607                         .72%

Andrew C. McGregor                               124,264                         .27%

Christopher A. Norman                             90,751                         .19%

Brian C. Walker                                   68,408                         .15%

Gary S. Miller                                   122,868                         .26%

All executive officers and directors           1,561,229(2)                     3.33%
as a group (22 persons)
</TABLE>

     (1)  Includes  the  following  numbers of shares with  respect to which the
          Named Executives have the right to acquire beneficial  ownership under
          stock  options  exercisable  in 60 days:  Mr.  Volkema -  80,000;  Mr.
          McGregor - 86,000;  Mr. Norman - 65,200;  Mr. Walker - 44,000; and Mr.
          Miller - 98,478.  Includes  the  following  number of shares which are
          restricted and subject to certain  conditions:  Mr. Volkema - 157,188;
          Mr. McGregor - 31,650;  Mr. Norman - 21,650;  Mr. Walker - 22,850; and
          Mr. Miller - 30,000.
     (2) Included  in this  number  are  731,578  shares  with  respect to which
         executive  officers and directors have the right to acquire  beneficial
         ownership under options exercisable within 60 days.
     (3) Calculated  based on the number of shares  outstanding  plus the option
         shares referred to in notes (1) and (2) above.

                                       -4-

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     The Board of Directors.  The information in the following table relating to
each nominee's and director's  age,  principal  occupation or employment for the
past five years, and beneficial ownership of shares of common stock as of August
4, 1997,  has been  furnished  to the  Company by the  respective  nominees  and
directors.  Except as described in the notes following the table,  the following
nominees and directors have sole voting and  dispositive  power as to all of the
shares set forth in the following table.

<TABLE>
                                                                          Year First
                                                                           Became a          Shares        Percent of
            Name and Principal Occupation                    Age           Director         Owned(1)        Class(2)

Nominees for Election as Directors for Terms to Expire in 2000
<S>                                                          <C>             <C>              <C>              <C>
C. William Pollard                                           59              1985            49,723(3)         .11
   Chairman of the Board, The ServiceMaster Company
         (Management and Consumer Services for Health
         Care, Industrial, and Educational)

Ruth Alkema Reister                                          61              1985            37,910(4)         .08
  Private Investments and Civic and Charitable Activities

Richard H. Ruch                                              67              1986           195,816(5)         .42
   From July 1995 to October 1995--Chairman of the Board
         of Directors, Herman Miller, Inc.
   From April 1992 to July 1995--Vice Chairman of the
         Board of Directors, Herman Miller, Inc.

James R. Carreker                                            50              1997               466            .001
   Since October 1995-Chairman and CEO of Aspect
         Telecommunications Corp.
   From August 1985-October 1995-President and CEO
         of Aspect Telecommunications Corp.

Nominee for Election as Director for Term to Expire in 1998:

Dorothy A. Terrell                                           52               ---               -0-             -0-
   President, Sun Express, Inc.-Corporate Officer,
         Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Directors Whose Terms Expire in 1998:

Dr. E. David Crockett                                        61              1982            37,438            .08
   Since November 1992--Chairman, Cornerstone Imaging,
         Inc. (Document Image Processing)
   Since May 1991--General Partner, Aspen Ventures
         (Venture Capitalists)

David L. Nelson                                              67              1972            97,438(6)         .21
   Since October 1995--Chairman of the Board of Directors
         of Herman Miller, Inc.
   From  January  1994--Vice  President,  Customer  Support,  America's Region ,
         Asea, Brown, Boveri, Inc.
   Prior to January 1994--Vice President, Customer
         Satisfaction, Industry Segment, Asea, Brown,
         Boveri, Inc. (Electronics Manufacturer)

                                                        -5-

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                                                                          Year First
                                                                           Became a          Shares        Percent of
            Name and Principal Occupation                    Age           Director         Owned(1)        Class(2)

Michael A. Volkema                                           41              1995           338,607(7)         .72
   Since July 1995- Chief Executive Officer, Herman
         Miller, Inc.
   Since May 1995- President, Herman Miller, Inc.
   From February 1995 to May 1995- President and Chief
         Executive Officer, Coro, Inc. (a subsidiary of
         Herman Miller, Inc.)
   From May 1993 to September 1994- Chairman of the
         Board, Meridian, Inc. (a subsidiary of Herman
         Miller, Inc.)
   Prior to May 1993- President, Meridian, Inc. (a
         subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc.)

Directors Whose Terms Expire in 1999:

J. Harold Chandler                                           48              1995             8,838            .02
   Since November 1993--Chairman, President and Chief
         Executive Officer, Provident Companies, Inc.
   From June 1993 to November 1993--President,
         MidAtlantic NationsBank and Maryland National
         Corporation
   From January 1992 to June 1993--President,
         NationsBank/Washington, D.C., Maryland, and N.
         Virginia

William K. Brehm                                             68              1991            21,388            .05
   Chairman of the Board SRA International, Inc.
         (Consulting Engineering Firm)

Brian Griffiths, Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach               55              1991            23,709            .05
   Since 1990--International Advisor, Goldman Sachs
         International Limited (International Banking Firm)
</TABLE>

     (1)  Shares  shown for each  director  who is not an officer of the Company
          include  67,000  shares for Mr.  Nelson;  27,000  shares  for  Messrs.
          Crockett,  Pollard, and Ms. Reister;  18,000 shares for Mr. Griffiths;
          6,000 shares for Mr.  Brehm;  and 3,000 shares for Mr.  Chandler  with
          respect  to which the  director  has the right to  acquire  beneficial
          ownership under options exercisable within 60 days.
     (2)  Percentages are calculated based upon shares outstanding,  plus shares
          which  the  director  has the right to  acquire  under  stock  options
          exercisable within 60 days.
     (3)  Includes 806 shares owned of record and  beneficially by Mr. Pollard's
          wife. Mr. Pollard disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares.
     (4)  Includes 1,200 shares  owned by Mrs. Resister's  husband. Mrs. Reister
          disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares.
     (5)  Includes  12,000  shares with respect to which Mr. Ruch has a right to
          acquire beneficial ownership under options exercisable within 60 days.
          In  addition,  Mr.  Ruch's  wife owns 9,800  shares to which Mr.  Ruch
          disclaims beneficial ownership and a Ruch Family Foundation Charitable
          Trust  owns  21,838  shares to which  Mr.  Ruch  disclaims  beneficial
          ownership.
     (6)  Shares are owned  jointly by Mr. Nelson and his wife.  Includes  2,400
          shares owned of record and  beneficially  by Mr.  Nelson's wife,  with
          respect to which Mr. Nelson disclaims beneficial ownership.
     (7)  Includes  80,000 shares with respect to which Mr.  Volkema has a right
          to acquire  beneficial  ownership under options  exercisable within 60
          days and  157,188  shares of  restricted  stock  which are  subject to
          forfeiture under certain conditions.

                                       -6-

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     Mr. Crockett also is a director of Cornerstone  Imaging,  Inc., and Metatec
Corporation.  Mr. Nelson also is a director and trustee of Cardinal  Fund,  Inc.
Mr.  Pollard  also is a director  of The  ServiceMaster  Company  and  Provident
Companies,  Inc.  Brian  Griffiths,  Lord  Griffiths of  Fforestfach,  also is a
director  of The  ServiceMaster  Company.  Mr.  Chandler  is also a director  of
Provident Companies,  Inc., AmSouth  Bancorporation and Storage Technology Corp.
Mr.  Carreker also is a director of Aspect  Telecommunication  Corporation.  Ms.
Terrell also is a director of General Mills, Inc. and Sears, Roebuck & Co.

     The Board of Directors held five meetings  during the last fiscal year. All
of the  directors  attended  at least 75  percent  of the  aggregate  number  of
meetings of the Board and the Board committees on which they served.

     Finance and Audit Committee.  The Company has a Finance and Audit Committee
comprised of Ms. Ruth A. Reister  (chair);  Dr. E. David  Crockett (vice chair);
Messrs.  William K.  Brehm,  C.  William  Pollard,  Richard  H. Ruch,  and Brian
Griffiths,  Lord  Griffiths  of  Fforestfach.  The Finance  and Audit  Committee
recommends to the Board of Directors the selection of  independent  auditors and
reviews the scope of their audit, their audit reports,  and any  recommendations
made by them. The committee  approves fees paid for audit and nonaudit  services
by the independent public accountants. The committee also reviews the activities
of the  Company's  internal  auditors,  and reviews and  recommends to the Board
issues concerning the Company's dividend policies, capital expenditures, welfare
benefits plans, and other related financial matters. The committee met two times
during the last fiscal year.

     Executive Compensation Committee. The Company has an Executive Compensation
Committee, comprised of Messrs. William K. Brehm (chair), E. David Crockett, and
J. Harold Chandler. The Executive Compensation Committee recommends to the Board
the annual  executive  incentive plan, the grant of employee stock options,  and
the annual  remuneration  of the Company's  Chairman,  Vice Chairman,  and Chief
Executive Officer,  and acts as the  administrative  committee for the Company's
Employee  Stock Option and Long Term  Incentive  Plans.  The  committee met five
times during the last fiscal year.

     Nominating  Committee.  The Company has a Nominating Committee comprised of
Messrs. C. William Pollard (chair), David L. Nelson, J. Harold Chandler, Michael
A. Volkema,  and Richard H. Ruch. The Nominating  Committee selects and presents
to the Board  candidates  for  election  to fill  vacancies  on the  Board.  The
committee  will  consider   nominees   recommended  by  shareholders,   provided
recommendations  are  submitted in writing,  on or before the 60th day preceding
the  date  of the  annual  meeting,  including  a  description  of the  proposed
nominee's qualifications,  his or her consent to serve as a director, as well as
other required data on the nominee and the  shareholder  submitting the proposal
and other relevant  biographical data, to C. William Pollard,  at Herman Miller,
Inc., 855 East Main Avenue,  P.O. Box 302,  Zeeland,  Michigan  49464-0302.  The
committee met four times during the last fiscal year.

     Executive  Committee.  The Company has an Executive  Committee comprised of
Messrs. David L. Nelson (chair),  William K. Brehm, C. William Pollard,  Richard
H. Ruch, and Michael A. Volkema.  The Executive Committee acts from time to time
on behalf of the Board in  managing  the  business  and  affairs of the  Company
(except as limited by law or the  Company's  Bylaws),  and is delegated  certain
assignments and functions by the Board of Directors.  The Committee met one time
during the last fiscal year.

             COMPENSATION OF BOARD MEMBERS AND NON-EMPLOYEE OFFICERS

     The Company pays  directors'  fees to nonemployee  directors at the rate of
$32,500  per year,  plus  $1,000 per  regular  meeting  and  $1,500 per  special
meeting.  Directors  may elect to receive a share  grant,  having a market value
equal to the cash  retainer,  up to 100% of the  retainer.  If a share  grant is
selected,  the  director  will receive a cash stipend of 20% of the value of the
shares  granted.  No other  amounts are payable for service on committees of the
Board or for any other  assignments  that may be  undertaken  by a director as a
director.

     In 1997, the Board established Director Stock Ownership  Guidelines.  These
guidelines,  like those of the  management  team,  are intended to reinforce the
importance  of  linking   shareholder  and  director   interests.   Under  these
guidelines,  each  director  is  expected  to  reach a  minimum  level  of share
ownership  which as a value  equivalent to six (6) times the annual retainer fee
of $32,500 or a minimum total ownership valued at $195,000.

                                       -7-

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     Mr. Nelson became the Chairman of the Board on October 30, 1995. For the 12
month  period  ending  October  1997,  Mr.  Nelson  agreed to devote at least 80
percent  of his  business  time to the Board of  Directors  for the  payment  of
$250,000 plus  director  fees,  and an annual  library  allowance of $1,500.  In
addition, he will receive an annual benefit package of $10,000.  Share grants of
10,000 shares at $15.94 per share,  and 5,000 shares at $36.125 per share,  were
awarded  to Mr.  Nelson on July 9,  1996,  and May 13,  1997,  respectively,  in
recognition of his outstanding service to the Company.

     The Company has in effect a stock option plan,  approved and adopted by its
shareholders,  under which  officers and  directors who are not employees of the
Company  or its  subsidiaries  are  granted  options to  purchase  shares of the
Company's  common  stock.  Subject to certain  exceptions,  the  options are not
exercisable  until 12 months  after the date of grant and expire 10 years  after
the date of the grant.  The option  price is payable  upon  exercise in cash or,
subject to certain limitations,  in shares of the Company's common stock already
owned by the optionee, or a combination of shares and cash.

     During fiscal 1997,  each director and officer of the Company who is not an
employee was granted an option to purchase 3,000 shares of the Company's  common
stock at $32.875, its fair market value on the date of grant. Under this plan, a
total of 33,000 options were granted to all  nonemployee  directors and officers
as a group,  and 52,600 options were  exercised at an average  exercise price of
$11.06 per share during the past year.

                     EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

General

     The Company has long recognized the importance of a well-founded  executive
compensation program and the role it plays in achieving the Company's short- and
long-term  objectives  of promoting  superior  corporate  performance,  creating
shareholder  value,  and  maintaining   fairness  and  relative  equity  in  the
compensation  of and between its executives and all other  employee-owners.  The
Executive Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, which comprises four
nonemployee  directors,  was established over 20 years ago to provide an ongoing
review of the executive compensation program to ensure that it is structured and
administered  to support the Company's  mission and  strategy.  The committee is
responsible  for  recommendations  to the full  Board  for  several  aspects  of
executive compensation, including the annual remuneration of the Company's Chief
Executive Officer,  which includes base salary,  incentive pay, and equity-based
compensation.  In addition,  the  committee  also  establishes  the  performance
objectives  for the  annual  executive  incentive  plan  which  covers the Chief
Executive Officer, corporate officers, vice presidents, and directors at each of
the Company's business units. The Company's Chief Executive Officer  establishes
the base salary of the Company's other executive officers.

Compensation Philosophy

     The  Company's  compensation  philosophy,  as  formulated  by the Executive
Compensation  Committee and endorsed by the Board of  Directors,  is designed to
engender  and  preserve  a  sense  of  fairness  and  equity  among   employees,
shareholders, and customers. Consistent with this philosophy, an "Economic Value
Added" (EVA(R)),1 performance  measurement and incentive compensation system has
been created and implemented.  This system,  which is an internal measurement of
operating and financial performance that has been shown by extensive independent
market research to more closely  correlate with shareholder value than any other
performance measure.

     Beginning in fiscal 1997,  the  incentive  compensation  plans of corporate
officers, vice presidents, and directors at each of the Company's business units
were  linked to the EVA  concept.  Under  the  terms of the EVA  plan,  focus is
shifted  from  budget  performance  to  long-term  continuous   improvements  in
shareholder  value.  Each  year,  the EVA  target is raised  over the actual EVA
earned the prior year by an  improvement  factor so that higher EVA targets must
be attained in order to earn the same level of incentive  pay. This  improvement
factor is established by the Board of Directors for a period of three years.

______________
1 EVA is a registered trademark of Stern Stewart & Co.

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     The Committee believes that the utilization of the EVA measurement  system,
with its  focus on  maximizing  the  Company's  return  on  capital  investments
relative to its cost of capital,  will be a more  effective  means of evaluating
and rewarding management performance. The Committee believes the adoption of the
EVA  measurement  system  is  consistent  with its  objective  of  endorsing  an
executive compensation program designed to:

     -     Link a material  portion of annual compensation directly to operating
           performance.
     -     Promote achievement of long-term strategic goals and objectives.
     -     Align the interests of executives with the long-term interests of the
           shareholders.
     -     Attract, motivate, and retain executives of outstanding ability.

     Executive Stock Ownership  Guidelines.  To further  emphasize and reinforce
the importance of linking  shareholder and management  interests,  the Board has
adopted stock ownership requirements for approximately 150 executives, including
all  officers.  Under  these  guidelines,  the CEO is  expected to own shares of
Herman Miller stock which have an aggregate  value of at least twelve (12) times
his base  salary.  The other  executives  are  expected  to own  shares  with an
aggregate  value of between one (1) and six (6) times their base  salaries to be
achieved over a five to ten year period.  The level of ownership and  attainment
period is determined by the executive's  responsibility  level and corresponding
management  position  within the  Company.  Ownership  for the  purposes  of the
guidelines  is defined to include  shares  owned by the  executives,  as well as
shares held in profit  sharing,  401-k and  deferred  compensation  accounts for
his/her  benefit.  Stock  options  are not  included  in the  calculation  of an
executive's total ownership.

     To assist executives in attaining the required  ownership levels, the Board
and shareholders  adopted the 1994 Key Executive Stock Purchase Assistance Plan.
The plan authorizes the Board's Executive Compensation Committee to extend loans
to selected  executives to acquire shares of the Company's stock. The executives
can earn repayment of a portion of the principal and interest due on these loans
provided that certain corporate performance goals are attained.

     During fiscal 1997,  three  individuals were selected to participate in the
plan.  Loans totaling $1 million  resulting in the  acquisition of 45,000 shares
were made.  Currently,  loans  under  this plan  totaling  $2 million  have been
extended  to 13  individuals.  Based on the  Company's  performance  as measured
against its fiscal 1997 goals,  193 percent of the annual repayment of principal
and 100 percent of interest due was earned.

     In  fiscal  1997  the  Company  also  adopted  a  Key  Executive   Deferred
Compensation  Program whereby executives can elect to defer a portion of the EVA
cash bonus and have it denominated  in Company stock.  For 1997 the Company also
provided an  incentive  in the form of a premium  denominated  in Herman  Miller
common  shares equal to 30 percent of the amount  deferred up to a maximum of 50
percent of the cash  bonus.  Each year,  the  Committee  may adjust the  premium
percentage  and the  maximum  amount  of the  deferral  that is  subject  to the
premium.  The  Committee  believes  that this  program  provides  an  additional
opportunity  and incentive for the key  executives to increase  their  ownership
level in the Company.  Fifteen (15)  executives  were elected to  participate in
this  program  for fiscal 1997 and  deferred  1,481,833,  which was  invested in
Company stock and received a premium totaling $395,333,  which was also invested
in Company stock.

     In addition,  stock options  which may be granted under the 1994  Long-Term
Incentive Plan may be utilized to assist executives in achieving their ownership
requirements.  Stock  ownership  is also  made  available  to all the  Company's
employees  through  the  Employee  Stock  Purchase  Plan  and  various  Employee
Ownership and Profit Sharing Plans.


Company Performance and Executive Compensation

     The salaries of the Company's Chief Executive  Officer and other executives
are  established  on  a  performance-based  evaluation  system.  Each  executive
officer's performance,  except that of the Chief Executive Officer, is evaluated
by his or her  superior and reviewed by the  Executive  Compensation  Committee.
This review considers the employee's

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overall performance  relative to the achievement of corporate objectives as well
as individual  contributions  and  achievements.  This same evaluation system is
applied to the Company's Chief Executive Officer by this committee.

     In 1997, the Company's new EVA  measurement  system replaced the method for
awarding both annual stock  options and the formula for awarding cash  incentive
bonuses as defined by the fiscal 1996 Executive Compensation Plan.

     As discussed earlier, the Herman Miller EVA Incentive  Compensation Plan is
intended to more closely link  incentive  awards to the creation of  shareholder
wealth and to promote a culture of  performance  and  ownership.  The  Executive
Compensation  Committee approves an expected annual improvement in EVA for which
a target  bonus is paid for  attaining  performance  which  matches  the  annual
planned  improvement factor that has been established for a 3 year period by the
Board  of  Directors.  For the  Company's  Chief  Executive  Officer  and  other
executives,  the EVA plan is  intended  to motivate  growth  above the  expected
annual  improvement in EVA with a straight line payoff  profile  offering a cash
bonus award that has a unlimited upside potential, as well as unlimited downside
potential. The potential for suffering a negative bonus is made possible because
annual  bonus  awards are not fully paid out but instead are banked  forward and
put at  risk  with  their  full  payout  contingent  upon  continued  successful
performance.

     In consideration of this risk profile the Executive  Compensation Committee
believes it  inappropriate  to cap the CEO's cash  compensation  as has been its
past policy.  Therefore,  beginning in fiscal 1997 there will no longer be a cap
imposed on the cash compensation of the company's Chief Executive Officer.

     The Executive  Compensation  Committee  also  authorizes the grant of stock
options to employees of the Company, including executive officers. Under the EVA
plan,  the  committee  initially  approves a target  option  grant which is then
multiplied by the same bonus  multiple that is applied to the target cash bonus.
However,  executives are limited by an upside  potential of two times the target
option grant and on the downside by a zero grant.

     During fiscal 1997 Mr. Michael A. Volkema,  the Company's  Chief  Executive
Officer,  earned  a  base  salary  and  cash  bonus  of  $352,900  and  $316,783
respectively,  representing  total cash  compensation of $669,683.  In addition,
under the Key Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, Mr. Volkema elected to defer
50% of his EVA cash  bonus  denominated  in  Herman  Miller  common  shares  and
received a premium also  denominated  in Herman  Miller  common  shares equal to
92,107, which vests over a three year period.

     In July 1997 Mr.  Volkema was also  awarded a stock  option grant of 40,000
shares  representing a multiple of two times his target  options of 20,000.  The
committee  believes that the  significant  ownership  position  created by these
actions  will more  closely  align Mr.  Volkema's  interests  with  those of the
shareholders.  The size of the  equity  based  compensation  awards and the cash
compensation reflect the committee's evaluation and recognition of Mr. Volkema's
contribution to the significant  accomplishments  and successes  achieved by the
Company in fiscal 1997.


William K. Brehm (Chair)
E. David Crockett
J. Harold Chandler

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                           SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

     The  following  table sets  forth the  compensation  received  by the Named
Executives for each of the three fiscal years ended May 31, 1997,  June 1, 1996,
and June 3, 1995.

<TABLE>
                                                Annual Compensation                      Long Term Compensation
                                                                                   Awards                Payouts
                                                                            Restricted    Securities
                                                                              Stock       Underlying       LTIP         All Other
      Name and Principal         Year    Salary(1)   Bonus(2)     Other      Awards      Options/SARs    Payouts(4)  Compensation(5)
           Position                         ($)         ($)        ($)        ($)            (#)(8)          ($)           ($)
<S>                              <C>       <C>        <C>        <C>       <C>                <C>           <C>           <C>
Michael A. Volkema,              1997      352,900    316,783       -0-          -0-         40,000        631,765         4,199
 President & Chief Executive     1996      357,771    274,269       -0-    1,435,000(6)      40,000        592,745         2,718
 Officer                         1995      159,000        -0-       -0-      200,000(7)      40,000            -0-           -0-
Andrew C. McGregor,              1997      205,000    129,261    84,145      108,375(9)      20,000        125,329         7,433
 Executive Vice President,       1996      194,923    185,317       -0-          -0-         24,000        125,652         6,099
 President Herman Miller         1995      162,058     29,876    44,402(3)       -0-         40,000         46,167         3,151
Choices
Christopher A, Norman,           1997      205,000    109,793       -0-      108,375(9)      20,000         91,732         5,774
 President, Miller SQA, Inc.     1996      207,692    180,930       -0-          -0-         24,000         91,966         4,551
                                 1995      130,461    191,532       -0-          -0-         20,000         34,317         1,753
Brian C. Walker,                 1997      195,000    122,860       -0-      108,375(9)      20,000        126,092         4,724
 Executive Vice President, Chief 1996      137,307    128,024       -0-          -0-         24,000        122,035         2,837
 Financial Officer and Treasurer 1995       74,108      1,698       -0-       13,013(10)     20,000            -0-           692
Gary S. Miller,                  1997      187,200     89,141       -0-          -0-         20,000        122,285         8,387
 Executive Vice President,       1996      180,000    162,837       -0-          -0-         14,000        122,600         7,053
 Product Services                1995      162,058     35,241       -0-          -0-         46,000         44,852         4,061
</TABLE>

(1)  Includes  amounts  deferred by employees  pursuant to Section 401(k) of the
     Internal Revenue Code. Includes 52 weeks of compensation for 1997 and 1996,
     and 53 weeks for 1995, consistent with the Company's fiscal year.
(2)  Represents  amounts earned under the Company's  Earned Share Bonus Plan and
     Executive  Incentive Plan, but excludes amounts foregone at the election of
     the Named  Executives  and payable in shares of the Company's  common stock
     under the Key  Executive  Deferred  Compensation  Plan,  as reported in the
     Long-Term Incentive Plan table.
(3)  The amount includes cost of living,  foreign assignment,  foreign exchange,
     spouse travel, and moving expenses.
(4)  Represents  amounts  earned under the Company's  1994 Key  Executive  Stock
     Purchase  Assistance  Plan and  applied  to the  repayment  of  loans  made
     thereunder.
(5)  Includes  amounts  attributable  during fiscal 1997 to benefit plans of the
     Company as follows:  (a) amounts contributed by the Company pursuant to the
     Company's profit sharing plan for the account of Messrs. Volkema, McGregor,
     Norman, Walker, and Miller were $4,199; $6,299; $5,774; $4,724; and $6,299,
     respectively;  and (b)  payments  by the Company in fiscal 1997 of premiums
     for life  insurance  for the benefit of Messrs.  McGregor,  and Miller were
     $1,134 and $2,088, respectively.
(6)  This  amount  represents  the  value of  60,000  and  40,000  shares of the
     Company's  common stock (based on the closing price on the date of grant of
     $13.25 and $16.00 per share, respectively) granted to Mr. Volkema under the
     terms of two Incentive Share Grant  Agreements.  Mr. Volkema elected to use
     28 percent of his grants to pay his  federal  taxes on these  grants  which
     resulted  in his  receipt  (net of  taxes)  of 43,200  and  28,800  shares,
     respectively.  The shares are subject to forfeiture  provisions which lapse
     as the number of shares  become  vested  each year over a five- or six-year
     period.  The  minimum  annual  rate of vesting  is 10% of the total  shares
     granted during the first five years  following the date of grant,  with the
     balance  vesting  at the end of the  sixth  year  (fiscal  2001  and  2002,
     respectively).  The rate of vesting may be accelerated if certain corporate
     performance goals are achieved, which would permit full vesting not earlier
     than  fiscal  2000 and 2001,  respectively.  Dividends  are  payable on the
     restricted  shares at the same rate as  dividends on the  Company's  common
     stock. At May 31, 1997, the value of the 72,000  restricted  shares held by
     Mr.  Volkema based on the closing  price of the  Company's  common stock on
     that date ($35.75 per share) equaled $2,574,000.

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(7)  The amount  represents  the value of 19,048 shares of the Company's  common
     stock (based on the closing price on the date of grant of $10.50 per share)
     granted  to Mr.  Volkema  under  the  terms  of an  Incentive  Share  Grant
     Agreement.  Mr.  Volkema  elected to use 28 percent of his grant to pay his
     federal taxes on this grant which resulted in his receipt (net of taxes) of
     13,714  shares.  The shares are subject to the same  forfeiture and vesting
     provisions  described in footnote (6) above.  Full vesting  would occur not
     earlier than fiscal 2000 and not later than fiscal  2001.  At May 31, 1997,
     the value of the 13,714 restricted shares held by Mr. Volkema, based on the
     closing price of the Company's common stock on that date ($35.75 per share)
     equaled $490,275.50.
(8)  The options  reflected  as being  granted in fiscal  1997,  were awarded in
     fiscal 1998 on July 8, 1997, but relate to fiscal 1997 performance.
(9)  The amount  represents  the value of 3,000 shares of the  Company's  common
     stock (based on the closing price on the date of grant of $36.125)  granted
     to Mr. McGregor, Mr. Norman and Mr. Walker under the terms of a Share Grant
     Agreement.  All participants elected to use 45% of the grant to pay federal
     and state  taxes on this grant  which  resulted  in a net  receipt of 1,650
     shares to each  participant.  The shares are subject to the same provisions
     described in footnote (6) above.  Full vesting would occur not earlier than
     fiscal 2002 and no later than fiscal 2003.  At May 31,  1997,  the value of
     each  participant's  1,650 restricted  shares based on the closing price of
     the  Company's  common  stock  on that  date  ($35.75  per  share)  equaled
     $58,987.50.
(10) The amount  represents  the value of 1,200 shares of the  Company's  common
     stock (based on the closing  price on the date of grant of $10.84)  granted
     to Mr.  Walker under the terms of a Share Grant  Agreement.  The shares are
     subject to forfeiture  provisions which lapse after a five year period,  at
     which time the shares will vest 100%.  Full vesting  would occur at the end
     of fiscal 2000. At May 31, 1997, the value of the 1,200  restricted  shares
     held by Mr. Walker based on the closing price of the Company's common stock
     on that date ($35.75 per share) equaled $42,900.

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   AGGREGATED STOCK OPTION EXERCISES IN FISCAL 1997 AND YEAR END OPTION VALUES

     The following  table provides  information on the exercise of stock options
during  fiscal  1997  by the  Named  Executives  and the  number  and  value  of
unexercised options at May 31, 1997.

<TABLE>

                                                                        Number of Securities                Value of Unexercised
                                                                       Underlying Unexercised               In the Money Options
                                                                       Options at May 31, 1997               at May 31, 1997(2)
                                  Shares
                                 Acquired
                                    on            Value
               Name              Exercise      Realized(1)     Exercisable      Unexercisable      Exercisable       Unexercisable
<S>                                <C>            <C>           <C>                 <C>            <C>                   <C>
Michael A. Volkema                 -0-            -0-           80,000              -0-            1,800,000             -0-

Andrew C. McGregor                 -0-            -0-           86,000              -0-            1,972,500             -0-

Christopher A. Norman              -0-            -0-           65,200              -0-            1,441,824             -0-

Brian C. Walker                    -0-            -0-           44,000              -0-              941,500             -0-

Gary S. Miller                   9,522        158,303           98,478              -0-            2,308,319             -0-
</TABLE>

(1)  Represents  the  aggregate  market  value  of  shares  acquired  at time of
     exercise, less the aggregate exercise price paid by the employee.

(2)  Values  are  based  on the  difference  between  the  closing  price of the
     Company's  common stock on May 31, 1997 ($35.75) and the exercise prices of
     the options.

              LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLANS-AWARDS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR

<TABLE>

Name                               Number of              Performance
                                   Shares, units          or other
                                   or other               period until
                                   rights (#) (1)         maturation       
                                                          or payout (2)
<S>                                <C>                    <C>     
Michael A. Volkema                 8,043                  3 years
Andrew C. McGregor                 3,115                  3 years
Christopher A. Norman              2,791                  3 years
Brian C. Walker                    2,963                  3 years
Gary S. Miller                     2,064                  3 years
</TABLE>

(1)  Represents the number of units credited to an employee's  account under the
     terms of the  Company's  Key  Executive  Deferred  Compensation  Plan  (the
     "Plan").  Under the terms of the Plan,  participants may elect to defer all
     or a portion of their EVA cash incentive.  Deferred amounts are credited in
     stock units, based on the value of the Company's stock as of the end of the
     month in which the bonus would have been paid to the employee.  Stock units
     are payable  only in shares of the  Company's  common  stock.  Includes the
     following number of units credited to each of the Named Executives  premium
     account,  as described in footnote (2): Michael A. Volkema - 1,856;  Andrew
     C. McGregor - 719;  Christopher A. Norman - 644; Brian C. Walker - 684; and
     Gary S. Miller - 476.

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(2)  Each year the Company's Executive  Compensation  Committee  establishes the
     maximum  percentage  of EVA cash bonus that may be  deferred,  the  maximum
     amount of EVA cash incentive which may be subject to a premium  percentage,
     and the amount of the  premium  percentage.  For fiscal  1997,  the maximum
     percentage  of EVA bonus that is subject to a premium  percentage  was 50%,
     and the premium  percentage was established at 30%. Stock units credited to
     a  participant's  account due to the premium  percentage  are credited to a
     separate premium account, which vests at the rate of 33-1/3%,  beginning on
     the first  anniversary of the deferral,  and each  anniversary  thereafter,
     provided  that the  participant  is an  employee of the  Company.  The plan
     allows  for  accelerated  vesting  in the event of a  participant's  death,
     disability,  retirement  or  termination  due to a change  in  control,  as
     defined in the  Company's  Plan for  Severance  Compensation  After Hostile
     Takeover, as amended and restated.

                               PENSION PLAN TABLE

     The following table sets forth the estimated  annual benefits  payable upon
normal  retirement  at  age  65,  on May  31,  1997,  to  persons  in  specified
compensation and years of service classifications under the Company's Retirement
Income Plan.  Projected  benefits are computed on a straight line annuity basis,
and such benefits are in addition to any amounts which may be received under the
Social  Security  Act.  Under  current  tax rates,  annual  benefits  payable at
retirement may not exceed $125,000.

<TABLE>
                                                   Years of Benefit Service(2)
   Average Annual
   Compensation(1)        20                25                  30               35               40
   <S>                 <C>               <C>                 <C>                <C>              <C>
   $150,000.......      52,277            65,346               78,415            91,484          104,553
   $180,000.......      63,377            79,221               95,065           110,909          126,753
   $210,000.......      74,477            93,096              111,715           130,334          148,953
   $240,000.......      85,577           106,971              128,365           149,759          171,153
   $270,000.......      96,677           120,846              145,015           169,184          193,353
   $300,000.......     107,777           134,721              161,665           188,609          215,553
</TABLE>

(1)  Average annual  compensation is determined under the Retirement Income Plan
     by the average of the five highest consecutive years of annual compensation
     (the amounts included under the columns "Salary" and "Bonus" in the Summary
     Compensation  Table) during the last ten years of employment,  subject to a
     maximum of $160,000 for fiscal 1997.

(2)  The Named  Executives  have credited  years of service and "average  annual
     compensation"  under the  Retirement  Income  Plan as  follows:  Michael A.
     Volkema,  2 years -  $491,987,  Andrew C.  McGregor,  22 years -  $260,306,
     Christopher  A. Norman,  18 years - $302,044,  Brian C.  Walker,  8 years -
     $148,138, Gary S. Miller, 22 years - $249,398.


                               OTHER ARRANGEMENTS

     The Company  maintains a Salary  Continuation  Plan, which provides that an
officer's  base  salary  (as  shown  in  the  "Salary"  column  of  the  Summary
Compensation Table) will be continued for twelve months after termination of the
officer's  employment.  Under  this  plan,  benefits  terminate  if the  officer
performs  services for a competitor of the Company,  and benefits are offset for
any noncompetitor  payments for services. No benefits are payable under the plan
if an officer dies, retires, voluntarily terminates employment, or is terminated
for malfeasance.

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                      SHAREHOLDER RETURN PERFORMANCE GRAPH

     Set forth below is a line graph comparing the yearly  percentage  change in
the cumulative total shareholder  return on the Company's common stock with that
of the cumulative  total return of the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index and the
NASD  Non-Financial  Index for the five year  period  ended  May 31,  1997.  The
following information is based on an annual investment of $100, on May 30, 1992,
in the  Company's  common  stock,  the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index and the
NASD Non-Financial Index, with dividends reinvested.

Total Shareholder Return Herman Miller, Inc.









<TABLE>
                                     1992            1993           1994           1995            1996           1997
<S>                                  <C>             <C>            <C>            <C>             <C>            <C>
NASD Non-Financial                    100             118            121            145             213            231
S&P 500 Index                         100             112            116            140             180            233
Herman Miller, Inc.                   100             138            136            123             176            414
</TABLE>


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                   SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS--1998 ANNUAL MEETING

     Any  shareholder  proposal  intended  to be  presented  at the next  annual
meeting of the Company  must be received by the Company at 855 East Main Avenue,
PO Box 302,  Zeeland,  MI  49464-0302  not later  than  April 22,  1998,  if the
shareholder  wishes the proposal to be included in the Company's proxy materials
relating to the meeting.

     In addition,  the Company's  Bylaws  contain  certain notice and procedural
requirements  applicable  to director  nominations  and  shareholder  proposals,
irrespective  of whether the proposal is to be included in the  Company's  proxy
materials. A copy of the Company's Bylaws has been filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission and can be obtained from the Public Reference Section of the
Commission or the Company.

                                  MISCELLANEOUS

     If any  matters,  other than the matters set forth  herein,  properly  come
before the meeting,  it is the  intention  of the persons  named in the enclosed
proxy to vote the shares thereby represented in accordance with their judgment.

     The cost of the  solicitation  of proxies will be borne by the Company.  In
addition to the use of the mails,  proxies  may be  solicited  personally  or by
telephone  or  telegraph  by a few  regular  employees  of the  Company  without
additional  compensation.  The Company may  reimburse  brokers and other persons
holding  stock in their names or in the names of nominees for their  expenses in
sending proxy materials to the principals and obtaining their proxies.

     The annual  report of the Company  for the fiscal year ended May 31,  1997,
including financial statements,  is being mailed to shareholders with this proxy
statement.

     Shareholders  are urged to date and sign the  enclosed  proxy and return it
promptly to the Company in the enclosed envelope.

     Questions related to your holdings can be directed as follows:

          First Chicago Trust Company of New York
          PO Box 2500
          Jersey City, NJ  07303-2500
          Phone:  1 800 446 2617

By Order of the Board of Directors
James N. De Boer, Jr., Secretary of the Board
August ____, 1997.

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Herman Miller, Inc.

By signing this card,  the  shareholders  appoints  Richard H. Ruch,  Michael A.
Volkema,  and David L. Nelson and each of them, as attorneys,  with the power of
substitution,  to vote the shares of Common Stock of Herman  Miller,  Inc. ("the
company")  held of record by the  undersigned  on August 4, 1997,  at the Annual
Meeting of  Shareholders  to be held at the Zeeland High School  Performing Arts
Center, 3333 - 96th Avenue, Zeeland, Michigan on Wednesday,  October 1, 1997, at
4:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) and at the adjournment thereof.

Election of four directors, each for a term of three years. Nominees: C. William
Pollard, Ruth Alkema Reister, Richard H. Ruch, and James R. Carreker.

Election of one director, for a term of one year.  Nominee: Dorothy A. Terrell.

The Proxies  will vote your shares in  accordance  with your  direction  on this
card.  If you do not  indicate  your choice on this card,  the Proxies will vote
your shares "FOR" the nominees and "FOR" the proposals.

All shares votable hereby and the undersigned  includes shares, if any, held for
my account in the company's  Employee  Stock  Ownership  Plan and Employee Stock
Purchase Plan.

Please mark
your vote as
in this example

           This proxy is solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors

       For      Withheld                       For Against    Abstain
1.  Election                          2. Proposal to             
    of Directors                         increase the            
    as listed on                         authorized              
    reverse side                         common stock               
                                         to 120,000,000 shares

for, except vote withheld from the following nominee(s):

_______________________________                                      
                                                                     
                                                      


3. Ratification of appointment          4. At their discretion, the Proxies
of Arthur Anderson LLP as                  are authorized to vote upon such
independent auditors for the               other business as may properly come
Year ending May 30, 1998.                  before the meeting or adjournment
                                           thereof.


                      Signature___________________________________________

                      Title if required__________________ Date_____/_____/_____

                      Signature___________________________________________

                      Title if required__________________ Date_____/_____/_____

                                                     Please sign exactly as name
                                                     appears    hereon.    Joint
                                                     owners  should  each  sign.
                                                     When  signing as  attorney,
                                                     executor,    administrator,
                                                     trustee,    or    guardian,
                                                     please  give full  title as
                                                     such.


                         FOLD AND DETACH HERE  

Please mark the boxes on the above proxy to indicate how you wish your shares to
be voted.  SIGN AND DATE THE PROXY,  DETACH  IT,  AND RETURN IT IN THE  ENCLOSED
POSTAGE PAID  ENVELOPE.  We must receive your vote before the Annual  Meeting of
Shareholders on October 1, 1997.


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