Five Easy Pieces: Must-Have Designs from Herman Miller®
A design classic instantly upgrades an interior and Herman Miller is renowned for producing iconic pieces. The company has long collaborated with the world's leading designers to create some of the most recognizable furnishings of the 20th century.
Here are five of our favorite Herman Miller picks from luminaries like Ray and Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and George Nelson. Featuring sleek lines and quality construction, these midcentury gems seamlessly mix with a variety of looks and infuse timeless style into any space.
The Eames Lounge Chair is considered the quintessential modern classic for stylish interiors the world over and appears in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Boasting a rich veneer and supple leather, it represents old-fashioned comfort translated into a contemporary form. The designers Ray and Charles Eames set out to create a new take on a club chair and the end result conjured what Charles called the warm look of "well-used baseball mitt."
"Everything is sculpture," said Isamu Noguchi, who in 1948 created this iconic table, a perfect blend of furniture and art. He topped two curved pieces of wood with a thick slab of glass to form a tripod that is as graceful as it is sturdy and functional.
Named as the best design of the 20th century by Time magazine (the locomotive came in second), the Molded Plywood Lounge Chair originated from the Eames' experiments with molding thin sheets of wood veneer. Its appealing low-slung silhouette and gently curved seat and back make for a comfortable and enduring style statement.
A landmark of modern design, the Platform Bench was created in 1946 and has become a coveted collector's item. Its clean, rectilinear lines reflect Nelson's architectural background and the spare silhouette reflected his desire for ?honest design? that clearly conveyed an object's purpose. The versatile bench can be used as a table, seating, or display surface.
Modern with a dash of retro styling, the Storage Unit employs the Eames? signature use of wire-cross supports. The industrial, modular look was ahead of its time and the result of work they did for the 1949 exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Featuring a combination of shelves, drawers, and closed compartments, the unit is ideal for storage and display.
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