In 1923, the president of the Michigan Star Furniture company, D.J. De Pree, persuaded his father-in-law, Herman Miller, to purchase majority shares. With that, the Herman Miller Furniture Company was officially born. Originally specializing in the production of traditional bedroom furniture, it was in the 1950s that Herman Miller became what we know it as today--a maker of fine modern furniture.
This reputation was achieved through the efforts of Herman Miller's first design director, George Nelson. During his tenure, Nelson helped recruit mid-century modern design legends to-be Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. A great majority of their original designs continue to be produced as part of the permanent Herman Miller Collection.
Why We Love Herman Miller
The Herman Miller catalogue could be considered a veritable bible of mid-century modern design. Each icon it features is more recognizable than the last. These classic modern designs form the foundation of the Herman Miller aesthetic, one that is enhanced by the continual addition of pieces by young, up-and-coming designers, as well as through design and distribution partnerships with like-minded companies like Magis and Geiger. One of the tenets upon which Herman Miller was founded is environmental responsibility. As a result, the great majority of their pieces are made with sustainably sourced and/or recycled materials and can themselves be recycled when their useful life is through. (Of course, with their timeless designs and superior craftsmanship, there's no telling when that may be).
Fun Facts About Herman Miller
- The Herman Miller logo as it appears today was designed in 1946 by new design director, George Nelson and his team.
- While they're no longer part of the official collection, other iconic pieces like the George Nelson Bubble Lamps (1952) and the Panton Chair (1967) were originally produced by Herman Miller.
Noteworthy Products from Herman Miller
If one product was to epitomize Herman Miller, the Eames Lounge and Ottoman would be it. It is the ideal blend of exquisite modern style, high-quality materials--sustainable wood veneer and supple leather--and unsurpassed, cushy comfort. Another piece renowned for its versatility as much as its clean design is the Platform Bench by George Nelson. Made of solid maple wood slats with a wood base or metal legs, the rectilinear design is suitable to a wide range of settings, for use as a bench, low table or display platform. If you don't see the product you want, please Contact Us or call us at 877.445.4486.