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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Executive L-Shaped Desk Unit by George Nelson for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Executive L-Shaped Desk Unit by George Nelson for ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables...
Walnut
George Nelson for Herman Miller L-shaped executive desk unit. Rattan privacy panel.
HERMAN MILLER ACTION OFFICE wall system desk

By Herman Miller
HERMAN MILLER ACTION OFFICE wall system desk
Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Fabric, Metal
HERMAN MILLER ACTION OFFICE wall system. Herman Miller wall-action office. This desk design has been used in the Apple training centers. The door has a green fabric surface. Marked with...
George Nelson  Home Desk  for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Home Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Leather, Walnut
Walnut with original custom white leather writing surface and sliding floating doors, small drawers in maple. Storage and drop down typing table with original perforated aluminum file d...
George Nelson Desk System

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Desk System
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
1960s Modular George Nelson Formica walnut desk with typewriter desk for Herman Miller. This system is in excellent vintage condition—all the wood has been polished and refreshed, the w...
Early Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller X-Leg Dining Table

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Early Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Early Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller X-leg dining table. Perfect patina on this dining or kitchen table that can be extended from 54" to 90" by internal leaves that fold u...
Herman Miller Desk by Bruce Burdick Fully Adjustable Components

By Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Herman Miller Desk by Bruce Burdick Fully Adjustab...
Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Glass, Plastic, Wood
This highly innovative design by Bruce Burdick uses polished aluminum beams supported by legs with splayed cast aluminum feet to suspend glass, wood and heavy plastic composite componen...
George Nelson for Herman Miller L-Shaped Executive Desk, 1950s

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson for Herman Miller L-Shaped Executive...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal, Walnut
A rare and outstanding Mid-Century Modern L-shaped executive desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The desk features gorgeous walnut wood grain, with sleek metal feet and ha...
George Nelson Steelframe Desk for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Steelframe Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Laminate
Iconic George Nelson Steelframe desk for Herman Miller. Top is a white laminate and steelframe is black enameled. Sides feature a blue painted wood frame. This is a quite an uncommon fo...
George Nelson Desk, 1960s, American Design

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Desk, 1960s, American Design
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Chrome, Walnut
Really nice desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Made of steel and walnut. Great patina.
Bruce Burdick Executive Desk for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Bruce Burdick Executive Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Glass
Bruce Burdick executive desk for Herman Miller features aluminium frame base and customizes components allowing you to modify which configurations fits your space and needs. L-shape con...
George Nelson Writing Desk with Drop Leaf for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Writing Desk with Drop Leaf for Herm...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This stylish black lacquered writing desk by George Nelson features stylish modern lines, iconic curved drawer pulls, and the original manufacturers label. Sturdy aluminium frame allows...
Mid-Century Modern Rare Herman Miller Upright Privacy Desk, 1960s
Mid-Century Modern Rare Herman Miller Upright Priv...
Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
For your consideration is a gorgeous, upright desk, with privacy walls and flap, by Herman Miller, circa the 1960s. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 36" (3') W x 21" D x 46" H...
George Nelson by Herman Miller Laminated Aluminum Design 1950s Rare Desk

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson by Herman Miller Laminated Aluminum ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Wood
George Nelson by Hermann Miller 1950s Laminated wood, aluminum base Rare model.
George Nelson Herman Miller Drop Leaf Gate Leg Dining Table or Desk

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Herman Miller Drop Leaf Gate Leg Din...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
A rarer find in original black finish. Clever design by George Nelson for Herman Miller Measures: 40" depth 29.75" height. 64.75" long unfolded 41.5" half folded 18.5" folded.
Early Modernist George Nelson Tambour Roll Top Desk, 1964

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Early Modernist George Nelson Tambour Roll Top Des...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Plastic, Rosewood, Wood
Early modernist George Nelson roll top desk. Purchased from prominent Buffalo New York architect, retains original cream lacquer wood finish, amazing original finish, warm rosewood tamb...
Elusive Modernist Action Office Desk or Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Elusive Modernist Action Office Desk or Table by G...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Walnut
Rarely seen modernist action office desk or conference table by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Purchased from prominent Buffalo NY architect. Beautiful figured walnut wood top minor s...
Early George Nelson Walnut Dining Table

By Herman Miller, George Nelson & Associates
Early George Nelson Walnut Dining Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
From the Herman Miller Collection, walnut dining table by George Nelson has beautiful clean lines. Great for use as a desk as well. Retains original George Nelson design/Herman Miller f...
Mid-Century Modern Tambour Roll-Top Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-Century Modern Tambour Roll-Top Desk by George...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This unique roll-top writing desk is from the Herman Miller "Action Office" line and features a beautiful hardwood hideaway design set on metal base with aluminum legs. Pair of drawers ...
George Nelson Steel Frame Desk for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Steel Frame Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal, Laminate
George Nelson steel frame desk in original condition with minor wear. Refinishing is available for an additional charge.
Charles Eames Granite Table or Desk

By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Charles Eames Granite Table or Desk
Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Steel, Granite
Custom segmented base table. Racetrack shaped black granite honed top with bull nose edge. Matte black steel and aluminum base.
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This iconic Mid-Century Modern writing desk features steel frame design with brightly painted drawers. Unique vintage design by George Nelson for Herman Miller makes the perfect workspa...
Vintage Herman Miller Table or Desk with Walnut Top

By Herman Miller
Vintage Herman Miller Table or Desk with Walnut To...
Herman Miller
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Walnut
A vintage dining or conference table or a desk. Beautiful top made of American Walnut on a Herman Miller aluminum segmented base. We have ten available.  
George Nelson for Herman Miller Executive Desk with Hairpin Legs

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson for Herman Miller Executive Desk wit...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This stylish Mid-Century desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller offers three drawers and a spacious hardwood work space ideal for home or business office. This stylish table h...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Drop-Leaf Dining Table

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson for Herman Miller Drop-Leaf Dining T...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
Rare Mid-Century drop-leaf or gate leg dining table designed by George Nelson and associates for Herman Miller. Features an ebonized walnut finish and a unique design that allow the leg...
"MMG" Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1957

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
"MMG" Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 195...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Metal
Desk from the series "Modern Management Group," designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1957 (manufactured from 1957-1962). White laminated plastic top, orange lacquered metal st...
Zebrawood Desk by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Zebrawood Desk by Peter Protzmann for Herman Mille...
Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Chrome, Lucite, Steel, Zebra Wood
This iconic desk, designed by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller, was only manufactured for two years from 1970-1971. Making it a rare, limited edition piece. The smooth, curved edge of ...
Midcentury Adjustable Desk by Geoff Hollington for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller
Midcentury Adjustable Desk by Geoff Hollington for...
Herman Miller
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal, Wood
Adjustable desk by Geoff Hollington for Herman Miller (signed). This high performance adjustable desk can function as a stand up or seated work surface. The table desk has a back sur...
Exotic Zebrawood Desk by Peter Protzman for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Exotic Zebrawood Desk by Peter Protzman for Herman...
Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Chrome, Lucite, Zebra Wood
This iconic desk, designed by Peter Protzman for Herman Miller, was only manufactured for two years from 1970-1971. Making it a rare, limited production item. The smooth, curved edge of...
Long Oval Dining Table or Desk by Herman Miller

By Herman Miller
Long Oval Dining Table or Desk by Herman Miller
Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal, Wood
Long oval dining table or desk by Herman Miller. Dimension: 6ft.
U-Shape Burdick Desk for Herman Miller with Floating Table

By Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
U-Shape Burdick Desk for Herman Miller with Floati...
Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Onyx, Plastic, Granite
A vintage U-shaped desk designed by Bruce Burdick for Herman Miller. This enormous desk has three separate surface tops: an eight foot glass top, a round onyx top, and a dark granite Ge...
Home Office Desk by George Nelson

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Home Office Desk by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Leather, Steel, Sycamore
This desk was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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