Most design fans are familiar with Herman Miller’s extensive catalogue of furnishings by world-renowned designers. Originally founded in 1905 as Star Furniture Co. and rebranded as the Herman Miller Furniture Company in 1923, the company launched its first modern furniture line in 1933—with a set of bedroom furniture and seven "radically modern" clocks designed by Gilbert Rohde for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.
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Phaidon’s new book, Herman Miller: A Way of Living, is a must for design lovers, midcentury aficionados, and of course, Herman Miller fans. The book covers the history of the brand through 10 of their most significant collections and pieces, but also includes some of their lesser-known items that are equally thoughtful.
Each chapter highlights how the ever-evolving culture of America, particularly in the midcentury era, affected the company, and how Herman Miller impacted culture in the United States through their furniture, textiles, housewares, design solutions and ideas, and associated artists, architects, innovators, and designers.
Here, we've taken a look at some of these lesser-known but just-as-deserving pieces and spaces from their early days in the 1930s through more recent installations and items from the past few years—all of which are sure to inspire.
No. 3319 Group in the Design for Living House at the Chicago World's Fair, 1933
Paldao Group Tables, 1941
Basic Storage Components, 1949
Action Office, Debuted 1964
The Rosewood Group Miniature Chests
The Thin Edge Line, 1958
The Marshmallow Sofa
Textiles & Objects Storefront
Comprehensive Panel System
Aluminum Chair Group
Isamu Noguchi's Playscape in Piedmont Park, Atlanta
Living Office Line, 2014
Living Office, 2015
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