Item #: HM400

Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench


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Herman Miller Cognita Bench
designed by Blu Dot

At A Glance:
Cognita BenchThis bench is more than just a place to sit. It's also a great piece of organizational and storage furniture. The top of the bench is divided into two sections, one a padded bench and the other, smaller section of hard top storage cabinet complete with drawers. There were plans to include a shoe shine bar, but they were scrapped as "too much."

What's To Like:
You can always trust products that are made at Herman Miller. This is also one of those products that succeeds beautifully at doing two things at once, a rare quality. Sit down on the bench to take off your shoes, then store them in the hardtop. Lift the bench top and store clothes, blankets, or anything else you've a mind to squirrel away. There are a few different colors to choose from for the padded section.

What's Not to Like:
It's pretty big and heavy for a bench that's meant to go in the home. It can be a pain to move around - but benches pretty much stay put, right?

The Bottom Line:
This is a useful and attractive bench, customizable, multi-functional, and very solid. It's a worthwhile addition to any home looking for storage solutions.

The Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench is an answered prayer to those looking for a modern piece that will fit seamlessly into any space, provide needed storage and functionality, and is designed to look good at a low price. Designed by the Minneapolis-based company, Blu Dot, the Cognita Bench will create the extra needed space to store linens, office supplies, files, sweaters, and much more. The simple lines of the Cognita Bench and color options give customers the ability to make their Cognita Storage Bench blend into its surroundings or make a bold statement in any space.

The two-top bench is designed with both a soft cushion on one side and a hard top on the other, making the Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench perfect for a variety of uses. The hard-top section of the bench lifts to reveal a roomy compartment made for larger items like hanging files, sports equipment, or towels. Underneath the soft cushion, a removable organizing tray and two drawers provide necessary organization for smaller items in the home or office. The Cognita Bench is produced with brushed steel legs and a walnut case, and the hard surface top and drawer fronts come in a white finish. The Cognita Bench soft cushion is a polyester/wool blend and is available with color options chocolate, chili, or celery.

The Cognita Storage Bench will enhance the space in your home or office:

    • Cognita Storage BenchPlacing the Cognita Bench in a highly-trafficked hallway could provide family members with a functional piece of furniture that provides organization, comfort, and ease to a household. One might find a child sitting on the soft cushion to take off their cleats after practice, or a mother resting her grocery bags on the hard walnut top.
    • Another customer may choose to place their Cognita Storage Bench in an office. Instead of using a standard file cabinet for those hanging files, this customer has their files hidden neatly beneath a bench that also provides extra seating and space.
  • To provide extra storage in their bedroom, a couple may choose to use the Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench at the foot of their bed. The Cognita Bench will not only provide hidden storage for bed linens and towels, but its simple design, sleek finish, and color options will allow this couple to choose a piece that will blend effortlessly in their room.

As you can see, the deep storage space and drawers provide limitless options for customers to better organize their lives and store items out of sight, while bringing good design into their home or office.

"I just purchased a Herman Miller Cognita bench from you guys, and I wanted to commend Paul's fantastic customer service. I chatted and emailed back and forth with him all afternoon - it was a pleasant and very useful surprise that he was actually in your showroom. His advice was practical and informed and he was extremely helpful. I would not have made the purchase without his service - it was a deal-maker for me. Furthermore, Paul has made a loyal customer of me, and I will make my next furniture purchase from you guys, and I will seek out Paul specifically for help."

-Jacob Sisk, NY

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The Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: HM400.

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Materials & Measurements

2-piece hinged top with walnut case and stainless steel legs. Wool/polyester blend cushion top.

Overall Dimensions:
18" h x 54" w x 18" d

Front of bench has a 2.75" h and a 5.25" h drawer on the right side. File compartment provides 33.5" of side-to-side filing for letter-, legal- and A4-sized hanging files.
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About The Manufacturer

Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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Design Story

Storage is always a problem. We never have enough of it. Stuff piles up. The car fights for space in the garage. Things we need end up in cabinets and drawers meant for other things. Enter the Cognita storage bench by Minneapolis based design firm Blu Dot. It stores all kinds of things efficiently - so you can actually find them when you need them - while looking great and providing both a soft place to sit and a hard top that can hold drinks and snacks or small office equipment.

While the bench was designed to be a residential piece for use anywhere in the home, it's highly functional for the home office. It contains plenty of file storage without looking like it. At the same time, the bench handles residential needs, including linen storage and hospitality. Its design is modern, yet the bench complements classic pieces by designer included in the Herman Miller Lifework collection. And though the look is elegant, BluDot designed Cognita to be a subtle presence that doesn't draw too much attention to itself.

Assembly Instructions

Options are good. Here are your 2 shipping options:

Standard Curbside: Free

Standard Ground Shipping
Standard ground shipping includes delivery by FedEx or UPS to your door or main lobby. Once shipped, items generally arrive within 2-5 business days. Simple, fast and easy service.

Inside Delivery (recommended): $59.00 per item

Inside Delivery Service
Inside delivery is a cost efficient way to have large or fragile items delivered to your room of choice. When your order reaches the local station in your area, the delivery agent will call to schedule a four hour delivery appointment. Caveat: If you need debris removal or light assembly (30 min max), you may want to consider our White Glove service.
Download PDF assembly instructions for the Herman Miller Cognita Bench (requires Adobe Reader).

Shipping & Delivery

Shipping Rate:
Standard curbside shipping for this item is free within the contiguous U.S.

The Cognita Bench is in stock and ready to ship. Very limited quantities are available, so order yours today!

Standard Ship Method: Standard Curbside - $0.00!
We use this service anytime an item is too large or too fragile to ship with UPS or FedEx. The shipping companies we use may not be household names like UPS and FedEx, but they are committed to providing you with an equally awesome experience. With curbside service, your item will be left at the curb, just inside your driveway or placed next to your front door. When your order arrives to the station in your home town, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery day and time. An appointment will be made prior to delivery and a signature will be required. Please note that this service does not include delivery inside your home or office, so be prepared. If you want to save a little money on shipping and have friends to help you move and unpack, this is your best option.

Shipping Upgrade: Inside Delivery - $99.00 per item
Inside delivery is a cost effective way to have large, heavy items delivered inside your home or office when you just do not want to be bothered by moving and lifting. For this reason, we strongly recommend this service. When your order reaches the local station in your area, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery appointment (with a 4-5 hour window).

For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.

Product Q&A

Q: Is assembly required?
A: No assembly required- comes fully assembled.

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The Cognita Bench is offered with 1-year manufacturer's warranty.