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The Herman Miller Collection Presents New & Archival Soft Seating, Occasional Pieces to Bring a Lounge to Life at NeoCon 2014

June 9, 2014

The Herman Miller Collection’s unique ability to reach and serve virtually every space in modern life is fully realized in the Living Office. As a new vision creates greater harmony between people and the landscapes of work, Collection designs can be seamlessly integrated to complement and enhance Herman Miller’s new office furniture archetypes. The Collection adds comfort, variety, and balance; provides an expanded variety of solutions for addressing the unique needs of individuals and organizations; and helps enable creativity, performance and expression within a dynamic work community. At NeoCon 2014, several new Collection pieces will be presented including a selection of new furniture, important reissues and material additions to several of its most iconic designs.

New Sofas by BassamFellows (Available Fall, 2014)

  • The Bolster Sofa marries plush comfort for lounging with ample support for sitting in a form quiet enough for traditional surroundings and essential enough for the most contemporary interiors. Long, slim seat cushions set atop minimal, steel legs give Bolster strong horizontal lines. These lines are made more prominent by Bolster’s plush back pillows, constructed of foam and fiber for supportive comfort. Available as club chair, settee, and three-seat sofa, along with corner and chaise lounge units and an ottoman, Bolster is appropriate for both residential and commercial use.

  • The Tuxedo Classic has a compact scale similar to its namesake, the Tuxedo Component Lounge.  This new introduction presents a more anchored, traditional appearance with a substantial upholstered base and the use of round, solid wooden legs. Comfort is achieved with ergonomically shaped, dual-density foam cushions for support in both lounge and upright postures. Marrying the flexibility and functionality of sectional seating with the elegance of meticulous tailoring, Tuxedo Classic elements include club chair, settee, and sofa.

Archival Soft Seating Reintroduction

  • Eames Upholstered Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair is being offered again thanks to a new proprietary process of producing fiberglass by means of a less volatile, monomer-free “dry bind” process. Like the original Shell Chairs, the new fiberglass finish has the same surface variation and tell-tale fiberglass striations that have attracted avid vintage collectors for decades. The chair is available in eight vibrant colors, and can be upholstered in 17 different colors of Hopsak by Alexander Girard.

  • Girard Color Wheel Ottoman is among the first in a series of highly anticipated Alexander Girard reintroductions. Playful, colorful, and graphic, the Color Wheel Ottoman is unmistakably the work of Girard. Available in an array of bold colors, or two distinctive stripes, this low upholstered piece serves equally well as a footrest, coffee table, extra seat, or conversation starter. Working closely with the Girard Studio and family, Herman Miller is honored to be an authorized and authentic producers of Alexander Girard designs. In once again making available his remarkable range of furnishings, objects, screen-printed panels, and woven textiles the partnership will faithfully preserve and promote the design legacy and archive of Alexander Girard.

These new soft seating options are complemented by a wider range of Collection seating and occasional tables, including the company’s latest design collaboration with Studio 7.5.

  • Polygon Tables by Studio 7.5 express pure geometry, providing an elegant solution for surface needs at home, the office, and elsewhere. The structure of the table’s wire base yields a dual advantage: a symmetry of form that uses minimal material for maximum strength and a logical method for scaling up or down in size and height to accommodate various dimensions of round, triangle, and hexagon tops of painted Formcoat. By unifying the color of base and top—in a choice of black, white, gray/graphite, or hyper orange—a single table has a subtle appearance, and a gathering of tables, nested or stacked, creates an organic composition.

Ben Watson, Herman Miller’s Executive Creative Director, stated, “We see the Collection as both our legacy and our responsibility, a labor of love and a statement of our commitment to design leadership for the next century.” He added, “We are committed to provide our customers, whether consumers or businesses, with products that are purposeful, beautiful, and enduring.”

All designs presented by the Herman Miller Collection during NeoCon 2014 are or will be available through Herman Miller’s commercial North American dealers, with an edited but significant selection available through Herman Miller Authorized Retailers and the Herman Miller online store at www.hermanmiller.com/store.

About The Herman Miller Collection
In 1948, George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection, with the goal of "a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.”  He understood that the Collection would evolve as human behavior changed and new materials and manufacturing technologies emerged. Today’s modern living embraces the blending of life and work, with greater appreciation for contemporary design and mobile and ubiquitous technologies offering new freedom of choice in where and how people express their lifestyles and pursue their professions. The Herman Miller Collection welcomes and enriches this new era, as we endeavor to realize Nelson’s vision for the modern home, office, and public spaces.

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. Their award-winning products and services generated approximately $1.8 billion in revenue in fiscal 2013. Herman Miller designs are found in the permanent design collections of museums worldwide, while innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2013, Herman Miller was again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

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