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August 11, 2010

We've sent Dwell senior editor Aaron Britt to Michigan to visit the Herman Miller factory and Herman Miller has sent some of its collection to Syracuse, New York, for the new Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller exhibit. The show opens Saturday, August 14 (with a kick-off party on Friday, August 13) and will be on display through October 17. Inspired by John R. Berry's book Herman Miller: the Purpose of Design (published by Rizzoli in 2004 and updated in 2009), the exhibition, which Berry guest curates, explores the design processes behind Herman Miller's most iconic pieces.
 

The exhibition is organized into case studies, the first of which is titled "Good Design Explores." In this section, Berry presents the <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Embody-Chairs">Embody Chair</a> designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf, w
The exhibition is organized into case studies, the first of which is titled "Good Design Explores." In this section, Berry presents the Embody Chair designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf, whose also co-designed the Aeron Chair, also by Herman Miller.
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The next section of the exhibition focuses on "Case Study 2: Good Design Inquiries." Here, the show looks at Herman Miller's <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Action-Office-System">Action Office</a> system.
The next section of the exhibition focuses on "Case Study 2: Good Design Inquiries." Here, the show looks at Herman Miller's Action Office system.
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Pictured here, the <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Eames-Aluminum-Group-Chairs">Eames Aluminum Group</a> side chair by Charles and Ray Eames at an Action Office desk.
Pictured here, the Eames Aluminum Group side chair by Charles and Ray Eames at an Action Office desk.
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George Nelson was another designer who collaborated on the Action Office system, designing this roll-top desk.
George Nelson was another designer who collaborated on the Action Office system, designing this roll-top desk.
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In the third section, the exhibit examines the way in which "Good Design Engages." On view are four posters designed by Steve Frykholm for Herman Miller's Summer Picnics in the 1970s.
In the third section, the exhibit examines the way in which "Good Design Engages." On view are four posters designed by Steve Frykholm for Herman Miller's Summer Picnics in the 1970s.
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A close-up shot of the Sweet Corn Festival poster, designed by Steve Frykholm for Herman Miller's Summer Picnic series.
A close-up shot of the Sweet Corn Festival poster, designed by Steve Frykholm for Herman Miller's Summer Picnic series.
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The final section of the exhibition features design classics in "Case Study 4: Good Design Endures." Here's where you'll find many mid-century-modern icons, the <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Eames-Molded-Plywood-Chairs">LCW molded plywood
The final section of the exhibition features design classics in "Case Study 4: Good Design Endures." Here's where you'll find many mid-century-modern icons, the LCW molded plywood lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames.
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Also on display, George Nelson's <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Nelson-Marshmallow-Sofa">Marshmallow Sofa</a>.
Also on display, George Nelson's Marshmallow Sofa.
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And of course, the show would not be complete without Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick's <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Aeron-Chairs">Aeron chair</a>, the icon of ergonomic design.
And of course, the show would not be complete without Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick's Aeron chair, the icon of ergonomic design.
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The exhibition is organized into case studies, the first of which is titled "Good Design Explores." In this section, Berry presents the <a href="http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Embody-Chairs">Embody Chair</a> designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf, w
The exhibition is organized into case studies, the first of which is titled "Good Design Explores." In this section, Berry presents the Embody Chair designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf, whose also co-designed the Aeron Chair, also by Herman Miller.

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