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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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Modular Seating System Table Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1955
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
In 1955 George Nelson developed the „Modular Seating System“, including sofas, benches, sideboards and tables, interchangeable, based on steel frames. This table bench is a quite...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Steel

Pair of Contemporary Modernist Lounge Chairs "SETU" Herman Miller
By Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair of contemporary modernist lounge chairs "SETU" Herman Miller, Seldom seen high back version, great original condition, white mesh, graphite base, extremely comfortable, Studi...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Aluminum

George Nelson Bubble Floor Lamps
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Atlanta, GA
George nelson bubble floor lamps, American, circa 2000s. Signed with Herman Miller lable. These were only produced by Herman Miller as floor lamps for a limited time in the early 200...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Metal

George Nelson Modern Sofa for Herman Miller in Ethereal Mint Green 1950s USA
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: George Nelson vintage sofa for Herman Miller in Ethereal Mint Green 1950s Modern USA Fabulous angled Legs. Made in the USA circa 1950s. Dimensions: 28.5 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum, Steel

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Modernist Art Deco Club Chair, Fully Restored
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Modernist Art Deco club chair or lounge chair By Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller USA, 1937 Solid mahogany frame, with new foam and exquisite silver an...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Herman Miller

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Upholstery, Mahogany

4 George Nelson & Charles Eames DAF Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Exceptionally original examples. Rare collaboration between Charles Eames and George Nelson for Herman Miller. George Nelson DAF chair designed for the La Fonda base by Charles Eames...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Aluminum

Modern Herman Miller Rosewood Thin Edge Eight-Drawer Chest George Nelson Design
By Herman Miller
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller thin edge eight-drawer chest designed by George Nelson design. Thin edge figured rosewood case. Sculptural aluminium legs. White stylized porcelain d...
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Herman Miller

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Rosewood

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
Charles and Ray Eames designed soft pad lounge chair in amazing condition! Bought for a space in 2013, but never installed! Leather is flawless! Aluminum arms are very clean, base sh...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Aluminum

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    While Aeron chairs can be expensive, because they are high quality, they last a long time. Additionally, there are many benefits that the chair brings for your back makes it worth it.
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    The best chairs for sitting all day are Ergonometric Office chairs. Some of the more popular models include the Herman Miller Embody and the Steelcase Leap chair. Find a variety of chairs for sale on 1stDibs.