My first interaction with Herman Miller was about two and a half years ago when Lizzie and I upholstered a pair of modular chairs we found at Room Service Vintage for our retail store. The tags were marked Herman Miller, and what began as 1980s blue office tweed turned into a pair of comfy and modern clean and cream chairs.
They now live in San Antonio; however, I haven’t forgotten Herman and thought you may like to be introduced if you haven’t been already. I always thought Herman was a prolific Mid Century designer. He was actually the wealthy father-in-law of D.J. De Pree, President of Michigan Star Furniture Company in Zeeland, MI who was convinced by D.J. to buy out the majority of his company which would be named Herman Miller Furniture Company. D.J., who had supported his business by reproducing traditional furniture that was in demand at the time, took a leap of faith and started producing modern furniture with the help of Gilbert Rohde in the 1930s.
By the 1940s, Herman Miller Furniture Company was producing office furniture, partnering with George Nelson and producing molded plywood and fiberglass pieces designed by Ray and Charles Eames. Today, the company is one of the top producers and designers of commercial furniture.
Check out the Herman Miller website here to learn more.
On another note…I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you our latest retail items hot off the press — modular furniture, of course! We found this sweet quartet in Brady and knew they would be the perfect living room addition. Although we love 70s brown Naugahyde (just kidding), we decided to give them a little update with a navy Robert Allen trellis and bright orange piping. Just the right amount of pizazz to add some personality to your space. Click here to go to our online store.