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Book: “The Herman Miller Collection”, foreword by Leslie Piña

In 1923, D.J. De Pree, then an employee of the Michigan Star Furniture Company, decided with the financial help of his father-in-law to acquire the company. As a tribute to him, he named the company after him: Herman Miller.

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D.J. De Pree, founder of Herman Miller (source: hermanmiller.com)

The publisher quickly became a reference in the production of modern furniture. It worked with the great names in design such as Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson. Even today, Herman Miller is internationally renowned for its unique and innovative vision of furniture. Listed on the stock exchange, the American company has production sites in the United States, China, Italy and the United Kingdom. It is present in more than 100 countries through sales offices, dealers and distributors.

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George Nelson and Charles Eames (source: George Nelson Foundation)

Over the course of its history, the publisher has designed numerous catalogues to promote its furniture. “The Herman Miller Collection” is a reprint of a catalogue distributed in 1955 and 1956. Throughout the pages, it is possible to read an introduction written by the great George Nelson and then to discover the colours, materials and shapes of the furniture published at that time. Finally, it allows you to dive into the vintage world of the 1950s thanks to atmospheric photos.

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Leslie Piña – an author specialising in 20th century design – wrote the preface to the catalogue. Through her text, she introduces the reader to the different challenges Herman Miller faced during the publication of this catalogue.

If you like 20th century design furniture, if you are a fan of Eames pieces, we recommend you to get this beautiful catalogue!

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