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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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$3,362
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Miniature Jewelry Chest, 1950
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Vienna, AT
Unusual chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller, mid century Elegant chest designed by George Nelson and in very good original vintage condition. It's a rare piece, la...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

Never-Used Rosewood Eames #670 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller, c 1979, Signed
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a unique and an incredible opportunity for a collector to acquire a very special never-used example of the Eames Lounge Chair (model #670) in classic black leather and Rosewo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

George Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller Cabinet Model 5211
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates Miniature cabinet, model 5211 Herman Miller USA, 1950s Walnut, rosewood, enameled steel, laminate, porcelain Measures: 20.25 W × 14 D × 32.25 H in ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Walnut

Vintage Mid Century Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCW Bentwood Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this iconic Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCW bentwood chair. Dimensions: 22w x 22.5d x 26h Seat Height: 15" Seat Depth: 20".  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Bentwood

George Nelson & Associates CSS Wall System for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nelson & Associates CSS (Comprehensive Shelving System) for Herman Miller: The system is comprised of five aluminum uprights with six shelves, 2 with light sources, A Dropd...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

Eames 1940s Evans Production DCW's for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Denver, CO
An early pair (1946-1949) of Evans production DCW chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Original labels intact. The chairs have been thoroughly cleaned, but have not be...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Plywood

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

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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