Hand-craftsmanship is ingrained in the history of American manufacturing and an integral virtue for Herman Miller. As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day this Thursday, here are six ways to handmade craftsmanship in America.
1. The Bixby Bicycle, Shinola Detroit - An editors’ choice for Bicycling Magazine, Shinola’s the Bixby is a classic cruiser bicycle re-imagined and assembled by hand for the modern era. Thanks to its carefully designed frame, three-speed Shimano internal hub, and other great attributes like gender-specific saddles, the Bixby delivers a comfy urban ride, wet or dry. Plus, it’s gorgeous. Find it at Shinola Detroit.
*Watch and learn about Shinola craftsmanship with this video.
2. Nelson Platform Bench, George Nelson - A landmark design symbolizing Nelson’s “honest design,” the Platform Bench debuted with Nelson’s first Herman Miller collection in 1946. Since this iconic design icon made its way everywhere from the MoMA, to corporate offices, to contemporary homes worldwide. Available in three lengths, with metal or wood bases. Get yours from Herman Miller.
*Add fully-integrated storage functionality with the Nelson Basic Cabinet Series.
3. Appetizer Set, Heath Ceramics - Part of the Heath Seasonal Collection, these handmade serving pieces represent a tradition begun by Edith Heath in 1948. Pioneering advances in clay and glaze, she single kiln fired pieces at low temps which, while saving energy, delivered striking but durable pieces. These bright, summery pieces will add tactile and functional beauty to any table. See them at Heath Ceramics.
4. Noguch Table, Isamu Noguchi - Noguchi’s sculptural brilliance comes to life in his iconic table which Herman Miller began producing more than 60 years ago. Striking a perfect balance between function and artistic beauty, the table endures effortlessly into the new millennium. Precision crafted, with cherry, black, walnut, and white ash bases. Find them all at Herman Miller.
5. Elizabeth Lamp, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. - Crafted in Portland, Oregon, the Elizabeth Lamp brings warm and stylish illumination to contemporary and traditional settings alike. Its urn-shaped base is opal glass, hand-blown with vintage molds in West Virginia, accented with a walnut foot and neck, and your choice of fabric shades in eggshell or java linen, or natural burlap. See the Elizabeth Lamp and more handmade lighting products at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
6. Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Charles and Ray Eames - Custom crafted and produced by hand in the USA, Charles and Ray Eames’ unmistakable design has no equal. Thanks to an expanded selection of materials and finishes, the lounge chair can be customized to accent virtually any interior setting, while still providing unmatched comfort and style. Customize yours at Herman Miller.
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