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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 1st Generation Eames Rope Edge Zenith SAX Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Rare 1st generation Eames rope edge fiberglass SAX chair in translucent fiberglass, having the large rubber bumpers, X base, and domes of silence glide feet. The chair shows signific...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Metal

Eames Herman Miller Aluminum Group Conference Table with Rosewood Top
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Classic Eames for Herman Miller conference table. Executed in the 1960s for the Aluminum Group series, this example has the desirable rosewood top. Originally designed as a conferenc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Herman Miller Basic Series Cabinet Dresser
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Classic midcentury cabinet from recognized master of the genre George Nelson for Herman Miller. The chest features a bank of five drawers flanked by a door, which opens to reveal she...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Chrome

Classic Noguchi Coffee Table
By Herman Miller, Isamu Noguchi
Located in New York, NY
Arguably the most iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design furniture ever produced, the definition of a Classic, the Noguchi freeform coffee table, this example is in very good orig...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Glass, Birch

Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller Zebra Wood Desk
By Peter Protzmann, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Chic modernist desk designed by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller having a stunning zebra wood body with three drawers, supported by continuous loop chrome legs. This desk was produc...
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Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Chrome

Rohde for Herman Miller Vanity
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Classic Gilbert design for Herman Miller Art Deco vanity. This interesting vanity has a floating freeform top surface over two banks of drawers. The vanity is selling as is, it has b...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Herman Miller Furniture

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Ash, Walnut

George Nelson Herman Miller Basic Series Squiggle Handle Lingerie Chest
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find 5-drawer lingerie chest with squiggle handle designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Classic midcentury chest, sophisticated, chic and stylish. This example is in g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Steel

Set of 4 Eames Fiberglass Bucket Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Great original set of 4 Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass bucket chairs, in rare blue color fiberglass. Hard to find sets still intact especially in a less often seen color. The cha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Metal

Eames Herman Miller Aluminum Group Cafe Dining Table
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Classic architectural pedestal dining table designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, circa 1973. This example is in very good, vintage condition, it shows two very minor ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

Eames Grey Fiberglass DSR on Eiffel Tower Base
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in New York, NY
Very nice original version of the iconic Charles and Ray Eames fiberglass shell chair on Eiffel Tower, or Cage, base. The grey shell is original to the base, not a later marriage, or...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Iron

George Nelson Thin Edge Credenza Sideboard for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
Nice thin edge credenza designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Four drawers with flanking doors that open to reveal adjustable shelved storage. This example shows cosmetic wear...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Metal

Three Eames Fiberglass Bucket Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Furniture

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Fiberglass

Pair of George Nelson / Herman Miller End Tables
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Pair of George Nelson / Herman Miller end tables. Hard to find form simple rectangular tops on square legs. We are also offering the coffee and console tables from the same collection.
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1950s Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

George Nelson Herman Miller Side End Table
By Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Side table with glass top, designed by George Nelson, for Herman Miller. This table has some minor wear, including a small bruise to the bottom fronts of the drawer, as shown. Origi...
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1940s American Vintage Herman Miller Furniture

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Walnut, Glass

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