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Herman Miller Furniture

Herman Miller Inc. (USA)

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 of the past seven decades.


     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 these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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Early 1960s Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Miami, FL
This early 1960s Charles and Ray Eames Aluminum Group lounge chair has a high back, relaxed pitch, and padded headrest pillow covered in hopsack, a balancing tilt and swivel. Its cle...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Low Profile Credenza Sideboard for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $4,750....With sought after nickel hair-pin legs and C curl pulls, this George Nelson cabinet has a rare low profile in that the height is 29 1/2". Produced by Herman Mi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Wood

1950s George Nelson Dresser Credenza for the Herman Miller Collection
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
George Nelson designed this walnut cabinet, dresser or credenza for Herman Miller as part of their Basic Cabinet Series, Mid-Century Modern classics. This one sometimes referred to a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Dresser Credenza for the Herman Miller Collection, 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
George Nelson designed this walnut cabinet, dresser or credenza for Herman Miller as part of their basic cabinet series, Mid-Century Modern Classics. This one sometimes referred to a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Walnut

1950s George Nelson Credenza Buffet Sideboard for the Herman Miller Collection
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Icon, George Nelson created this wonderfully figured walnut sideboard for the 1952 Herman Miller Collection, Model 4937. Featuring five drawers on the right side a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Primavera Headboard for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $2,150.....Part of the Herman Miller Collection, early 1950s, this headboard by George Nelson is in the sought after Primavera wood. A storage headboard, it's padded bac...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Wood

Classic Early George Nelson Walnut Dining Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $4,850....From the Herman Miller collection, this expandable walnut dining table by George Nelson has beautiful and powerful clean lines with a thick profile. Measures: ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Walnut

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