Herman Miller


Herman Miller – a century of furniture design

Herman Miller is a company that harks back, over a hundred years but has always been forward thinking, placing great importance on great design and the stewardship and management of the natural resources on which it depends for its base materials.
Herman Miller inc was founded in Michigan USA in 1905 and first came to light as the Star Furniture Co. The company started off producing bedroom furniture in traditional revivalist styles but barely survived the financial depression of the 1930s.
When faced by the brutal economic reality of the 1930s, the company was forced by necessity to explore new products and design ideas, just to survive in what became a rapidly shrinking market.
This led to it reluctantly hiring Gilbert Rohde. He was a designer who specialized in modernist designs, which were a total contradiction to its traditionalist roots.
Thankfully for Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde understood the public’s hunger for clean modern design, and as a result, the company successfully launched a catalogue full of modern designs at the Chicago Century of Progress exposition in 1933.   Having given the company its design identity and direction, Rohde who died in 1944, was followed in 1945 by the new design director, George Nelson.  
Nelson was to have an enormous influence upon Herman Miller for the next forty years. not only for his inspired designs, but also for the exceptional talent he recruited to its ranks. These recruits included textilist Alexander Girard, Charles and Ray Eames, Robert Propst and Isamu Noguchi, to name but a few.   From the late 1940s, Herman Miller produce some of the world’s most iconic design pieces of modern furniture. These included the now classic, Noguchi table, the Eames Lounge Chair, the Sling sofa and the Marshmallow sofa.   The 1970s saw a second renaissance for the design company as new designers such as Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf, joined the design studio.   They subsequently went on as a design co-team, to design the Equa chair, and followed this in the 1990s, with their massive success, the Aeron chair  
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Herman Miller its history and timeline

Herman Miller, its timeline, Key products and its history.

Why do Herman Miller chairs cost so much

Why do Herman Miller Office Chairs Cost So Much?

All of this costs money, the designers, the scientists and the behavioural analysts don't come cheap. Combined with Herman Millers decision to follow strict environmental and material recycling standa...

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Where to buy cheap Herman Miller Office Chairs

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Herman Miller Logitech Embody Gaming Chair Review

Herman Miller launches Logitech Gaming Chair

Herman Miller launches the Embody Logitech Gaming Chair

Herman Miller Aeron Chair Review

How to correctly size your Aeron Chair

This reference helps people select A-, B-, or C-size chairs when the three sizes are not available for actual test sitting.

Refurbished Herman Miller Aeron Chair Review

Herman Miller replacement Aeron chair parts

To help you quickly find your replacement part for your Herman Miller we have pulled together a list of the most popular spare parts you can find for your chair.

Charles Pollock Swag Leg Chair History

Charles Pollock swag leg chair for Herman Miller

Pollock and Nelson developed the DAF Swag Leg Armchair together, it is now a much coveted vintage design classic.

Herman Miller Time Life Lobby Chair

Herman Miller’s Time Life Lobby Chair and a game of chess

In the midst of the Cold War, American Bobby Fischer is lined up to play Russia's Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Championship in Reykjavik, the chess equivalent of the prize fight of his life.

Herman Miller COSM chair review

Herman Miller Cosm Chair Review

Herman Miller call the Cosm 'The Chair for Everyone' and we see why. It looks gorgeous and oozes automated comfort. No more fiddling around with levers.

History of the Irving Harper Marshmallow Love Seat

The Irving Harper Marshmallow Love Seat

Although it is attributed to George Nelson, the Marshmallow Love Seat was actually designed by Irving Harper, design director at Nelson's own office

History of the Eames Soft Pad Chair 217

Eames Soft Pad Chair 217

A masterful piece of engineering, the 1958 cast aluminium 217 has a seat frame with a continuous piece of stretched synthetic mesh.

History of the Eames 670 Lounge Chair

The Eames 670 Lounge Chair

Charles Eames wrote that his intention with the 670 lounge chair was to create a chair with the 'warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt'.

Herman Miller George Nelson Coconut Chair

Herman Miller and George Nelson’s Coconut Chair

When George Nelson used the Kresge Auditorium as inspiration for his Coconut Chair he didn't imagine he would see his friend leave the building in a coffin

Refurbished Herman Miller Aeron Chair Review

Where can I buy a refurbished Herman Miller Aeron Chair?

We all know that Herman Miller Aeron chairs can be eye wateringly expensive. We tell you where best to pick up online a refurbished Aeron chair.

Herman Miller Embody Chair Review

Herman Miller Embody Chair Review 2020

The Herman Miller Embody is a beautiful chair that is built to last, and help support you day in day out as you work from home.

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