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Published on Mar 4, 2014

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The Herman Miller Story

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 Design 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).


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