Herman Miller

Alexander Girard for Herman Miller


Alexander Girard was trained as an architect and began practicing architecture and interior design in the 1920s, and became the design director for Herman Miller’s textile division in 1952. Girard also became fascinated by international folk art which he began collecting on his travels in the 1930s and managed to amass over 100,000 pieces including toys, costumes, masks, textiles, beadwork and paintings. This formal training as an architect and love of folk art designs are two streams of inspiration apparent in Girard’s work.
Girard, sample book, wallpaper, folk art, Herman Miller

New Material, New Form


This innovative stacking chair is arguably Danish designer Verner Panton’s best known work. While not the first cantilevered chair—Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld’s 1934 wooden Zig-Zag chair is an earlier example—the Panton chair was the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of injection-molded plastic. Its fluid organic shape is made to fit the human form.
Verner Panton, Herman Miller, chair, plastic, Denmark, furniture, Pop Culture

Cooper-Hewitt: Gilbert Rohde and Design Now - pt.1 of 3


Pioneering and little known furniture designer, Gilbert Rohde (1894 1944), specialized in designing clean, modern pieces appropriate for any room in the house, and his advanced merchandising techniques with Herman Miller laid the groundwork for future designers including George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.
Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller, George Nelson, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Phyllis Ross, Ayse Birsel, Birsel + Seck, Pablo Castro, OBRA Architects, Russel Flinchum, interior design, modernism, modernist furniture, panel, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Gilbert Rohde and Design Now - pt.2 of 3


Pioneering and little known furniture designer, Gilbert Rohde (1894 1944), specialized in designing clean, modern pieces appropriate for any room in the house, and his advanced merchandising techniques with Herman Miller laid the groundwork for future designers including George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.
Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller, George Nelson, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Phyllis Ross, Ayse Birsel, Birsel + Seck, Pablo Castro, OBRA Architects, Russel Flinchum, interior design, modernism, modernist furniture, panel, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Gilbert Rohde and Design Now - pt.3 of 3


Pioneering and little known furniture designer, Gilbert Rohde (1894 1944), specialized in designing clean, modern pieces appropriate for any room in the house, and his advanced merchandising techniques with Herman Miller laid the groundwork for future designers including George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.
Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller, George Nelson, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Phyllis Ross, Ayse Birsel, Birsel + Seck, Pablo Castro, OBRA Architects, Russel Flinchum, interior design, modernism, modernist furniture, panel, talk, long, public program

Book Choice - The Story of Eames Furniture


This is my favorite design book from 2010. Yes, it’s huge! That’s a twelve inch ruler in the photo.
Story of Eames furniture, furniture, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Gestalten, publications, Herman Miller, photos, pattern drawings, portraits, Less and More design ethos of Dieter Rams, European, modernism, Industrial Design, materials, USA, Marilyn Neuhart, author, biographies, Eames Repertory Company, Eero Saarinen, Deborah Sussman

Social Life


Many people complain that technology is isolating people from their fellow humans. I disagree. E-mail, cell phones, FedEx, Blackberries, and other systems are keeping people more in touch than ever. Indeed, many of us are expected to be “reachable” 24/7.
social life, technology, technologies, connection, isolation, conversation, virtual vs physical, Design Life Now, Exhibition, Triennial, blogging, SpeakUp, OMA, libraries, Rem Koolhaus, software, computer, languages, free, open source, open-source, Processing, furniture, collaboration, Herman Miller, publishing, inclusive, participatory, DIY, Do It Yourself, culture, Readymade, Make, social impact, interaction, input, feedback, new media