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Purpose and beauty

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“A permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living” George Nelson, 1952


At Herman Miller, they believe what they make is important. This truism, along with many others (that products must be honest and that there is always a market for good design) were first articulated in George Nelson’s introduction to the 1948 Herman Miller Collection catalogue, and they continue to inform the Herman Miller agenda today. Whether it’s in the home or the office or any place in between, they believe that a well-considered environment helps define and add value to work and life.

To assemble the collection, timeless pieces from Herman Miller’s archives, all of which were designed to be highly adaptive and versatile in their own right, were the starting point. These pieces have not only been restored to meet the designers’ original intent, but have also been updated to meet contemporary standards of sustainability and durability. Additionally, Herman Miller are committed to developing new furniture and accessories with today’s most talented designers who provide a bridge between Herman Miller’s past and future, reaffirming Nelson’s belief that the “programme is strengthened by the participation of a group of designers who share Herman Miller’s particular attitudes.”

At Herman Miller, they believe there is a market for good design. It is what has compelled the company to create inventive, design-driven solutions to life’s everyday problems for over a century, and it continues to drive Herman Miller in creating products that are as purposeful as they are beautiful.


Wireframe Sofa Group
Designed by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin
Taking steel wire, a material long revered in the Herman Miller Collection for its strength and utility, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin have created a versatile seating group that answers today’s need for comfort and durability. The designers chose to work with wire because, explains Hecht, “With an economy of material, a wire frame acts as a strong and graceful ‘container’ for the human body.”

The sofa’s multi-layered, upholstered foam cushions provide a strong visual counterpart to the steel frame and render it about half the weight of conventional sofas. Further, the sofa’s sophisticated suspension technology is installed in the base of the frame, adding extra durability and comfort. Available in a white or black frame, the two or three seat sofa and club chair and ottoman options adapt easily to meet the evolving needs of a casual yet sophisticated space. The Wireframe Sofa Group is a thoughtful solution for the way we live today.


Noguchi Rudder Table
Designed by Isamu Noguchi
Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi believed his task as an artist was to shape space, to give it order and meaning. His extraordinary range of projects included playgrounds and plazas, stage sets, gardens, stone-carved busts, and Akari paper lights, as well as furniture for Herman Miller. Two years after the introduction of his famous glass-topped table, Noguchi created the Rudder Table. Taking its name from the shape of its single wood support, the table’s base is rounded out by two simple metal hairpin legs. With a biomorphic shape, the Rudder Table enjoys a visual lightness and a material affinity with other pieces in the Herman Miller Collection.

This updated archival design was adapted in collaboration with the Noguchi Foundation and is available in walnut, ebony, or white ash.


0845 226 7202 | www.hermanmiller.co.uk
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