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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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Creator: Herman Miller
Pair of Ebonized Slat Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Rovereta, SM
Pair of this iconic slat bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller can serve as either seating or as a coffee table.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Benches

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Wood

Tandem Sling by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Four-Seat
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ray and Charles Eames were commissioned to design the perfect utilitarian seating for the first international airports in 1962, created for comfort and convenience. For the modern-da...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Aluminum

Midcentury Three Seat Tandem Chairs Peter Protzman Herman Miller
By Peter Protzmann, Herman Miller
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare Mid-Century Modern three seat tandem bench armchair designed by Peter Protzman for Herman Miller. The chair is constructed from flat bar tubular steel with a chrome finish. A se...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Benches

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Steel

George Nelson Platform Bench
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Palm Springs, CA
George Nelson platform bench for Herman Miller, Michigan. Bench measures 72.5" wide, 18.5" deep and 14" high. Bench has been professionally refinished.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Wood

Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Tandem Bench
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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Vintage aluminum tandem bench designed by Charles and Ray Eames and designed by Herman Miller. Outfitted with 4 different color shells for a punch of color. The bench originally came...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Benches

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Cabinet and Bench
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Long Platform Bench, Model 4993, by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by George Nelson in 1946 as part of his inaugural collection for Herman Miller, the Platform Bench was intended to serve variously as seating, as a low table, or as a base f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Birch

Modular Seating System Table Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1955
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Benches

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Steel

George Nelson Long Slat Bench Black Finish Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern 1950
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
Original George Nelson early long slat bench in ebonized Birch Wood designed in the 1950s and manufactured by Herman Miller. Great for a Hallway Bench where Kids can change Shoes an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Benches

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Wood, Birch

1930s Art Deco Mahogany Low Table by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A low table or bench with a rectangular mahogany top floating a bent chromed steel base with sled feet.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Steel

Mid Century Three Seat Tandem Chair Peter Protzman Herman Miller
By Peter Protzmann, Herman Miller
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare, Mid-Century Modern three-seat tandem armchair designed by Peter Protzman for Herman Miller. The chair frame is constructed from a flat tubular steel with a chrome finish. A set...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Benches

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Signed Bench Coffee Cocktail Table
By Herman Miller
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic, signed Herman Miller midcentury wooden slat bench/cocktail table. Multi-purpose and ingenious. Now more than ever, home is where the heart is.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

Materials

Wood

George Nelson Black ‘Platform’ Bench or Side Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson, ‘platform’ bench, black lacquered wood, United States, design 1946. The ‘platform’ bench was part of the first collection that George Nelson designed for Herman Mil...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Wood

Tandem Airport Seating for Four by Charles & Ray Eames, Black Leather, Aluminum
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Kansas City, MO
Four seat tandem seating sofa unit designed by Charles and Ray Eames, manufactured by Herman Miller. Very good to excellent conditon. No tears, scuffs, holes of any kind to the leath...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Aluminum

Four Seat Tandem Unit by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, No Middle Arms
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Kansas City, MO
Tandem sofa seating for four designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This piece only has arms on each end so is much more inviting for residential or office use. Very go...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

Materials

Aluminum

George Nelson Slat Bench in Maple by Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous slat bench designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Herman Miller. Maple slats atop black wood frame constructing the perfect bench or coffee table for your home. The t...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Benches

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Maple

Embossed Silk Sculptural Bench by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An unusual and expressive bench having a sculptural rounded form with patinated brass nailhead trim and a rich embossed silk fabric resting on squared mahogany feet.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Extremely Rare and Early Ebonized Slat Bench, George Nelson / Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare and early 36" ebonized slat bench designed by, George Nelson for Herman Miller,, 40 years in the business. I have only seen this size once. Purchased from an employee ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Wood

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century White Bench
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century white bench The bench measures: 72.5 wide x 26 deep x 28.5 high, with a seat height of 15 inches All pieces of furniture can be had ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

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Metal

Eames for Herman Miller Tandem Sling Bench in Copper Edelman Leather
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ray & Charles Eames were commissioned to design the perfect utilitarian seating for the first international airports in 1962. Created for comfort and convenience, this chair is iconi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Benches

Materials

Aluminum

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