A common material creatively incorporated

Molded plywood carries an immediate association with classic Herman Miller designs, and Mark Goetz skillfully and creatively incorporates this material in his sofa design. By using common materials and processes in innovative ways, Goetz achieved a clean-lined, modern aesthetic.

As for the element of comfort, so important in a sofa, Goetz conducted his own research and consulted with other experts to arrive at a seat depth that provides ergonomic sitting support as well as room to lie down.

Goetz Sofa
Goetz Sofa

Goetz said that designing the sofa was a "daunting challenge" because it was to be part of the Herman Miller Collection of classic home and office products that define twentieth century design. "If I were sitting in a room with Eames, Nelson, and Noguchi, and we were discussing design, I would be listening rather than talking," he said. "When designing the sofa, I took on that role, trying to understand the qualities of the collection that make it so wonderful. I wanted to create something that echoes the Collection and respectfully adds to it."

“I wanted to create something that echoes the Collection and respectfully adds to it.”

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