Herman Miller Collection is a new comprehensive portfolio of authentic modern designs that lets you select, furnish, and create complete environments in a variety of settings-from the boardroom to the backyard.
Rooted in Herman Miller's archives of timeless classics, the Collection takes its cues from George Nelson, Herman Miller's Director of Design from 1945 - 1972, who, in the Herman Miller 1952 catalog, wrote of the importance of continuing the creation of a permanent collection "designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living."
The Herman Miller Collection is a total solution for the workplaces and living spaces of today-and will continue to evolve in response to tomorrow.
"We see the Collection as both our legacy and our responsibility, a labor of love and a statement of our commitment to design leadership for the next century." noted Ben Watson, Herman Miller's Executive Creative Director. "We are committed to provide our customers, whether consumers or businesses, with products that are purposeful, beautiful, and enduring."
The Herman Miller Collection includes familiar and well-loved pieces from the company's early collaborations with the giants of 20th design, many reintroduced after decades or freshly reinterpreted with new materials and manufacturing technologies. Names like Eames, Nelson, Noguchi, Girard, Bennett, and Burdick are a foundation for the program.
But the company is quick to note that the collection is not simply an exercise in nostalgia. Recent award-winning contemporary designs from some of today's best known practitioners include chairs, sofas, stools and tables, for indoor and out, from Italian alliance partners Magis and Mattiazzi. These highly respected design houses represent the work of Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Steffano Giovannoni, Nitzan Cohen, Naoto Fukasawa, Marcel Wanders, Sam Hecht and Kim Collin.
The Collection's final, vital elements are wholly new commissions to be introduced beginning Spring 2012. In queue are designs by Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck, Leon Ransmeier, Hecht and Collin, Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows that will complement and extend the Collection's reach and service to virtually every space in modern life. True to Nelson's original vision, Herman Miller will continue to grow and evolve the Collection to meet new and emerging needs into the future.
"The most enduring designs from our past struck a balance between seemingly contradictory ideas; the combination of craft and industrial processes, aspirational and accessible, sculpture and engineering, elegant yet casual, beauty and comfort," concluded Watson. "Our goods must work hard to provide a solution, but they must have a true spirit. Those principals still guide us today. Our job is to understand the larger balance, while continuing to push forward and provide furniture that meets the requirements for life today."
Herman Miller will open a Pop Up Shop in New York City on May 9, 2012, to officially introduce the Herman Miller Collection to the largest metro market in North America. Located at 68 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome) in the heart of SoHo, with 6,000 sq. feet of product display, the shop will be open through July 1st.