Herman Miller

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Since we’re getting ready to move, and planning how things will lay out in the new apartment, we’ve been looking for a few new pieces of furniture. Although I don’t know that we’re going to be buying new Herman Miller pieces right now, the company makes amazing products, and is a proponent of good design in everything they do. Although I prefer their classics, I appreciate that they are sticking to the original philosophy of the company and continue to strive for quality, well-designed products. There is a nice interview at Prairie Mod with Herman Miller’s spokeswoman Susan Koole about the history of the company, their values, and plans for the future. I especially like the 5 principles laid down by George Nelson, which I feel apply to not just industrial design, but all design and almost any business in general:
1. What you make is important
2. Design is an integral part of the business
3. The product must be honest
4. You decide what you will make
5. There is a market for good design
Simple, but sometimes simple things are the most difficult to pull off.

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