What’s the difference between Herman Miller and Steelcase office furniture?

The main difference between Herman Miller and Steelcase office furniture is that Herman Miller worked directly with top-bill designers like Ray and Charles Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi to develop designs, while Steelcase primarily worked with in-house designers. Given the dossier of designers they worked with, Herman Miller furniture is generally considered to be more collectible than Steelcase furniture, with designs like George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa and Isamu Noguchi’s Noguchi Table ranking among some of the most avant-garde office designs to date. That said, both vintage Steelcase and Herman Miller furniture have a good deal in common. Both embrace a colorful, Mid-Century Modern aesthetic and favor design details like splayed pedestal table bases and chrome cantilever frame chairs.

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October 26, 2019

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