The history of Herman Miller design has always had a somewhat utopic and storybook allure for design lovers. For starters, the setting is an unusual one: the company known for shepherding modern furniture into American homes and offices is and has always been headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, population 5,500. Despite this, the major players read like a rolodex of famed and irreverent mid-century architects and furniture makers—Gilbert Rohde, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, the Eames’, Alexander Girard, Robert Propst. Working for Herman Miller under Nelson, designer Irving Harper dreamt up both Marshmallow sofa and the Herman Miller logo. Internal posters designed by Steve Frykholm, who was the company’s design director until last year, are now a part of MoMA’s permanent collection. He made them for the annual company picnic.
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