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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.

Average Sold Price
$3,311
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Lounge Chair MAA, Charles Pollock/George Nelson Associates, Herman Miller, 1958
By Charles Pollock, Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munster, NRW
The MAA is the lounge chair version of the Swag leg chair series. Designed by Charles Pollock for George Nelsons Associates in 1954, this chair was only produced from 1958-1964. It i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

Materials

Metal

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in TORONTO, CA
2000 - 2008 production. Gorgeous original black Herman Miller leather, soft and plush to the touch. Manual height adjustment (20" - 23"), swivel base, with tilt. Chrome and black car...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Office Swag Leg Chair DAA by George Nelson vor Herman Miller, 1958
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munster, NRW
The „swag leg chair“ by George Nelson dates back to 1958 – but would still be a perfect fit in any science fiction movie today. The innovative design resulted from nelson’s demands f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller

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Metal

Set of Five Orbit Chairs and Original Dining Table by Vitra, Germany, 1965
By Herman Miller, Markus Farner & Walter Grunder, Vitra
Located in Haderslev, DK
Rare special Orbit dining set of five chairs and a dining table. Designed by Farner & Grunder for Herman Miller and produced by Vitra 1965. All original with the original uphol...
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1960s German Space Age Vintage Herman Miller

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Fabric, Fiberglass

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

Materials

Metal

Set of Four Eames Herman Miller Black DSW Dining Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
A set of 4 DSW shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in the 1950s. The dining or side chairs feature a molded black shell and walnut dowel "chopstick" legs...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

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Plastic, Walnut

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

Aluminum Group Desk Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic and stylish 'Aluminum Group' executive desk chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Signed underneath seat with Herman Miller labels and production date Septem...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller

Materials

Aluminum

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Herman Miller Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Herman Miller Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Herman Miller collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 834 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Herman Miller's original furniture was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Ray Eames, Charles and Knoll, and Milo Baughman. Prices for Herman Miller furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $69,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,078 on average.
Questions About Herman Miller
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    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.