Laying the Foundation 1952 Catalog

George Nelson penned two pages of introduction material for our 1952 catalog—and created a landmark piece that laid the foundation for the Herman Miller Collection. Nelson, our first Director of Design, used the catalog to define a straightforward set of principles that guided Herman Miller then as now: what we make is important; design is integral; the product must be honest; we decide what we make; a market for good design exists. In turn, he called for putting the philosophy into action,

suggesting the “continuing creation of a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” It is his vision that drives this Collection, a comprehensive portfolio that encompasses updated archival pieces, furnishings from partners who share our values, and new designs from the top talent of today.

Excerpts from the 1952 Catalog shown above.