Finding Balance, Herman Miller Collection
Published on February 4, 2016
The enduring designs of the Herman Miller Collection strike a balance between seemingly contradictory ideas: aspiration and accessibility, sculpture and engineering, elegance and informality, beauty and comfort. Not the least of these is its delicate balance of craft and industrial processes. The Collection moves forward by utilizing the latest technologies and newest materials available. But it remains grounded in the quality and value produced by the craftsmanship, thoughtfulness, and individual human touches of the workers who assemble many of its pieces by hand. These details make a difference.
Materials in the Collection amplify its design philosophy of elegant pragmatism and industrial craft. State-of-the-art Outdoor Weave builds on technology pioneered with the Aeron Chair’s Pellicle suspension fabric. Stone selections originate from North American quarries with ties to historic American design. MCL leather options find inspiration in the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman’s “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”
Santos palisander and walnut veneer shells of that Lounge and Ottoman now have hand-oiled finish options that resemble the look of the original design. A re-edition of textiles by Alexander Girard has been reproduced faithfully in weave and color. Each offering serves the product and the user while also innovatively exemplifying the Collection’s DNA: practical beauty.