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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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Eames Leather High Back Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Eames for Herman Miller high back leather lounge chairs. Uncommon pair with aluminum group bases and fiberglass seats. Leather is in good shape with 1 repair on each arm as seen in p...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Chair 1 CHAIR LEFT!
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
White Charles and Ray Eames fiberglass side chair on star base. Very clean example, base in very nice condition! One Chair remaining!
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Eames Aluminum Group Leather Lounge Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Aluminum, Leather

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Soft Pad Lounge Chair in Ivory Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Aluminum, Leather

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