Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Herman Miller Designs at The Henry Ford Museum

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan has an exhibit called Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller from February 6-April 25, 2010. Herman Miller, Inc. is a world famous design distributor that revolutionized the way we work because they focused on designs for the workplace.

Based in tiny Zeeland, Michigan, the company gave the world some of the most iconic objects of the century including Charles and Ray Eames’s molded plywood Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa and Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick’s Aeron Chair (left). Those works – and dozens of others – are at the heart of the exhibit at The Henry Ford. For these legendary designers, it wasn’t enough for furniture to be beautiful. It had to be practical. It had to make the workplace a better place.

Work by Herman Miller designers such as Gilbert Rohde, George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames have long been integrated into the furniture exhibit at The Henry Ford. This exhibition focuses on a number of perspectives on the Herman Miller achievement — an achievement rooted in a combination of extraordinary vision and practical realization. The company’s commitment to addressing real design problems — always with an insistence on achievable, affordable and durable solutions — continues to this day.

The Henry Ford is the lead institution in The Herman Miller Consortium, a group of 13 art and historical institutions that share approximately 800 artifacts collected by Herman Miller Inc.

Click on the heading above to learn more about The Herman Miller Consortium.