Herman Miller, the company behind the Eames lounge chair, the ergonomic Aeron chair and modernist Marshmallow sofa, has been spotlighted in a biographical design book titled Herman Miller: A Way of Living.
Archival designs, boundary-pushing aesthetics and timeless pieces have all been captured through illustrations, graphics, photographs and documents in the Phaidon-produced book. Herman Miller’s influential designs were heavily researched by Amy Auscherman — Herman Miller’s corporate archivist — and partners Sam Grawe and Leon Ransmeier, who spent four years scouring design collections at spaces such as MOMA, the Eames Office and the Vitra Design Museum.
The book features thousands of images and will be released alongside the Herman Miller exhibition at its New York flagship store, which opens on May 19. Speaking on the exhibition, Auscherman said “We pulled hundreds of items from our own archive—a lot of graphic design posters, ephemera, catalogs and artifacts that are all being installed. It’s kind of like the book in real-life in a way.” The book is available from Phaidon now for $90 USD.
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Consider the vault at the Herman Miller Archives officially open and ripe for exploration. In honor of our new book, “Herman Miller: A Way of Living,” published by @phaidonsnaps, we’ve curated an exhibit that hits on ten decisive moments in Herman Miller history—moments that had a major impact on furniture, the design world, and in some cases, American culture at-large. Come see the exhibit at our store in New York City, starting May 19th. #hermanmillerbook
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