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Herman Miller

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No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture ever.

Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company — named for its chief financial backer — began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D.J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences.  After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.

Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on 1stDibs, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless — staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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$3,309
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Pair of Molded Plywood Side Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Eames Molded Plywood dining chair metal base, known as DCM, is a classic example of the Eameses’ philosophy of using honest materials. The chair, designed in 1946, uses two piece...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Chrome

Eames Herman Miller Aluminum Base Swivel Desk Office Chair in Blue Fiberglass
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Eames design, hard to find form, fiberglass shell in blue, on cast aluminum base. This chair swivels, it is adjustable in height, and the base is on wheels, to make this a ver...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Lamp and Planter Table
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Garnerville, NY
Model 4634-L George Nelson for Herman Miller leather top lamp and planter table. Signed with foil label in drawer, George Nelson design, Herman Miller, Zeeland, Michigan. Swinging al...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco Mahogany Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Art Deco or Mid-Century Modern mahogany nightstands By Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller USA, 1930s Measures: 18"W x 12"D x 25.5"H. Newly refinished. Ver...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Herman Miller

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Mahogany

Early Year Time Life Desk Chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1960s Signed
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This very early production year of the Time Life Executive Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller was originally designed in 1960 for the Time Life building hence the chair...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

1965, Verner Panton, Stacking Chair, Herman Miller, First Edition in Green
By Verner Panton, Herman Miller
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Panton plastic early version in beautiful green. Good condition after probably newly sprayed, besides some tiny scratches on the front see pictures #8 and #9. On the backorder therea...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Polyester

Set of Four Eames / Girard La Fonda Side Chairs by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard
Located in Highland, IN
This set of four side chairs are the result of the collaboration between Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard when he was designing the interior of La Fonda Del Sol restaurant....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Fiberglass, Upholstery

Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Providence, RI
Early DKW-2 (dining height / wire shell / wood base) with leather bikini cover, designed by Ray & Charles Eames, circa 1950. This example produced by Herman Miller, circa 1952-1954. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Steel

  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
H 32.75 in. W 19 in. D 20 in.
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Herman Miller furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Herman Miller are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Herman Miller collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 232 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Herman Miller were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider furniture by Knoll, Charles and Ray Eames and Milo Baughman if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Herman Miller furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $500 and tops out at $50,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,533.
Questions About Herman Miller
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021
    The best Herman Miller chair is going to vary by owner. There have been many revered chairs and other seating manufactured by the legendary American furniture company over the years. Chairs by Herman Miller are often alluring in appearance, comfortable, and long-lasting. 1stDibs offers a variety of vintage and new Herman Miller chairs that are contemporary in design and durable.

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