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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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$3,380
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George Nelson Credenza for Herman Miller Basic Cabinet Series, Midcentury Modern
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Decatur, GA
George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern credenza, circa 1950s. Basic cabinet series with Walnut wood cases and drawers, black lacquered cabinet door and drawers, aluminum ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

Midcentury Authentic Eames LCM Lounge Chair in Walnut
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
The LCM ( Lounge Chair Metal ) by Herman Miller is our favorite of the Eames plywood chair designs. The metal frame gives an overall visual lightness and makes the wood seat and back...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Metal

Mid Century Round Coffee Table Charles Eames Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Baltimore, MD
Rare 1950's coffee table designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, early production, Aluminum Group. Features a beautifully circular molded laminated Formica white top with grey e...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Metal

Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Denver, CO
A wonderful edition of this iconic side table by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Khaki taupe enameled pedestal base on wheels and light beige laminate top.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
H 25.5 in. W 20 in. D 20 in.
Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of swivel chairs on casters in metal and fiberglass. Wear due to time and age of the chairs (see photo) Adjustable seat height.
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Metal

Eames Design Classic La Fonda Armchairs for Herman Miller Set of 12, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Renens, CH
Eames low back armchairs with aluminum base. Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in co-operation with Alexander Girard. The la Fonda chair was originally designed by the Eames’ couple...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Aluminum

Herman Miller Charles Ray Eames Authentic RAR Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Baltimore, MD
Authentic rare Mid-Century Modern early RAR rocking chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This gorgeous mid-century rocking chair was produced between 1956 -1959...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Fiberglass

Single Vintage Fabric Contractor Base Eames Swiveling Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single vintage fabric contractor base Eames swiveling chair. Perfect as a side chair or a desk chair. Stamped Herman Miller under the seat.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

Materials

Steel

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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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