No design collection is complete without a nod to the dynamic duo, Charles and Ray Eames. An icon of the 20th-century, the Eames lounge and ottoman—which has been produced by Herman Miller since 1956—showcases carefully molded Santos Palisander veneer (a more sustainable variety than the original endangered Brazilian species) and buttery leather.
Another midcentury icon, George Nelson's Marshmallow sofa features 18 circular cushions in a surprisingly comfortable arrangement. Introduced by Herman Miller in 1956, the piece can be upholstered in a number of fabric or leather options.
Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi designed his famous three-legged coffee table in 1948. The perfect balance of forms, the piece has become a staple in modern homes.
Though designed for children, Charles and Ray Eames' Hang-It-All coat rack suits modernists of any age. Herman Miller also offers the playful piece in all-white or all-black models.
The secret to a successful design collection is showcasing a range that is not limited to a single decade or style. Konstantin Grcic's Chair_One, designed in 2004 and available from Herman Miller, is a stackable staple often seen in contemporary houses, restaurants, and bars.
The Aeron office chair, designed by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf for Herman Miller in 1994, is a classic addition to modern office design. In the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, the chair is not only ergonomic, but green too—it's 94% recyclable.
The Eames' modular desk and storage collection is another timeless staple. Developed out of the work the duo did for an 1949 exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the set features industrial-inspired cross-supports, uprights, and perforated panels.
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