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Herman Miller

For over a century, Herman Miller has been synonymous with innovative design and modernist furniture. Founded in 1905 in Michigan, the company originally manufactured traditional wood furniture pieces until the 1930s, when they debuted their first line of modern sofas and side tables. Architect George Nelson joined the firm as director of design in 1945, and spent the next four decades producing some of the most iconic furniture pieces in American history, including the Marshmallow sofa. Nelson also took care to recruit a few of the most iconic designers of the 20th century to join the company’s ranks during his tenure, most notably Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, who designed the famous Noguchi table for the company in 1947, and Charles and Ray Eames, who in 1957 produced the legendary Eames lounge chair for the company, which is now considered the “chair of the century.” Today, Herman Miller continues to release the brand’s most popular designs from the past and present, but with an emphasis on sustainability. Many of their products are now composed of recycled content and are designed to be ecologically sound—continuing the company’s longstanding tradition of innovation and forward-thinking furniture design.