For over one hundred years, Herman Miller has produced some of the world’s most iconic furniture designs and collaborated with some of the industry’s most influential names, such as Eames Office, George Nelson, and Isami Noguchi. Their most recent releases continue this legacy, simultaneously revitalising classic pieces and embracing contemporary design.
The newly renamed Eames Turned Stool reimagines and rejuvenates the classic Eames Walnut Stool. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1960 for the lobbies of the Time & Life Building at the Rockefeller Center in New York, the stool’s sculptural design has become something of an icon. A concave top and bottom not only allow the stool to be used as both a seat and a table, but also to be placed either way up. Thanks to its pleasing geometric forms, it can also serve as a standalone piece, decorative in its own right. Four variations were created for the Time & Life building, three of which became part of Herman Miller’s collection. Now, in celebration of the company’s centenary, the fourth shape, Shape “D”, has been added to the lineup, along with a new ebonised ash finish, available as an alternative to the original turned walnut.
Herman Miller have also collaborated with Singaporean designer Gabriel Tan on two new pieces: the Luva Modular Sofa Group and Cyclade Tables. A commitment to craftsmanship, comfort, and versatility underpins the collaboration. Both pieces feature organic shapes and soft curves that invite touch and interaction. Inspired by the firm, padded forms of boxing gloves, the Luva—Portuguese for “glove”—Modular Sofa features a folding back that transforms it from a firm, supportive chair to a more relaxed seat ideal for lounging. Hidden bars allow modules to be combined or separated easily, allowing complete customisation for each user’s space and needs.
The Cyclade Tables range—inspired by the form of Pangea and the flowing, fluid sculptures of artist Isami Noguchi—consists of three unique tables which can be nested together or used independently. Together, the tables intertwine and intersect, creating one harmonious piece. Apart, each table is distinct enough to stand alone. The low variation is available with an optional glass bowl that fits into the table’s circular cut-out, perfect for displaying plants or treasured objects.
These collaborations are testament to Herman Miller’s enduring spirit of creative endeavour, and their dedication to innovative design and the craft of furniture construction. While the Eames Turned Stool symbolises the brand’s roots and history of excellent design, the Luva Modular Sofa and Cyclade Tables show that the brand is also looking to the future of the industry and celebrating new designers.