A Visit To Herman Miller & The De Pree House
The Eames + Herman Miller partnership goes back almost 70 years and is one of the most influential in modern furniture design. In addition to designing some of Herman Miller's most successful and recognizable pieces, Ray and Charles Eames also designed a house in Zeeland, Michigan for Max De Pree, the company's eventual CEO. The home was completed in 1955, with the De Prees occupying it until 1975 when they sold it to Herman Miller employee Bob Rynbrandt. The company then purchased it in 2010.
Down the street from the De Pree House is Herman Miller's 750,000 square foot facility housing offices, warehouses and archives. Those archives include Alexander Girard textiles, Eames drawings, photographs, early furniture productions and seemingly never ending stacks of flat files and boxes filled with all the stuff that makes designers giddy.
The Eameses and Herman Miller are both an influence on my approach to design, illustration, and business so it was incredible to see all of this in person. Also, a BIG, giant thank you to Herman Miller archivist Amy Auscherman for making all of this possible!
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