Herman Miller launches archival posters with five new designs

Herman Miller has unveiled a collection of five posters that honour the brand’s graphic design history.

Herman Miller has introduced a series of five archival posters featuring iconic designs by members of its graphic design team.

The​ five archival prints honour the brand’s graphic design history and its designers and aim to serve as visual time capsules. The posters span from 1960 to 1981 and represent an “era of design that is experiencing a strong resurgence in popular culture.”

The posters showcase the work of some of the brand’s most celebrated graphic designers such as Linda Powell’s design for the cover of Herman Miller’s Ideas magazine in 1978 and John Massey’s Action Office 2 Poster, which he brought to Herman Miller’s corporate identity during his tenure.

​Throughout its history, the brand has worked with various graphic designers and artists whose creativity often manifested in the form of posters that showcased the spirit of their time. Each graphic represented the design values Herman Miller leaned into when planning its new brand identity, which launched in January 2024.

The posters include the following:

Herman Miller Brochure Cover Poster

From 1960 to 1962, Tomoko Miho designed a series of price list and brochure covers for Herman Miller that featured a stylized version of the brand’s logo in bold colours and geometric lines. The cover design has been recreated as a high-resolution poster and is available in three colour ways.

Herman Miller Brochure Cover Poster

Ideas Poster

​From 1978 to 1982, Herman Miller produced Ideas magazine, which was a quarterly publication about users and specifiers of the brand’s office products. This poster represents the front cover of an issue that discusses the “exponential rate of growth and change faced by organizations.” Designed by Linda Powell in 1978, the front cover has been reprinted.
Ideas Poster
Herman Miller Ideas Poster

Action Office 2 Poster

A work by Swiss design legends Armin Hofmann and Josef Müller-Brockmann at Aspen’s International Design Conference in 1953 convinced John Massey, who was a teenager at the time, to pursue a career in graphic design. His Action Office 2 Poster, designed in 1978, represents the style Massey brought to Herman Miller.
Action Office 2 Poster
Action Office 2 Poster
Wilkes Modular Sofa Group and Chadwick Modular Seating Posters
As part of an internal project referred to as “The Big Book,” a series of 44 black-and-white diazo-print posters were created by individual members of Herman Miller’s in-house graphic design team in 1981. Thie project was used as an environmental catalog and allowed salespeople to show the portfolio to prospective clients.
​The Wilkes Modular Sofa Group Poster was designed by Barbara Loveland as one of these 44 posters. The design on this poster showcases the product’s “inherent modularity,” and its rounded edges which aim to be reminiscent of the shape of a piece of Chiclet gum.

​The Chadwick Modular Seating Poster was designed by Steve Frykholm as part of this project. The design features a top-down view of a configuration of Chadwick Modular Seating modules. The launch of this poster also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Chadwick Modular Seating, which the brand will be celebrating this year.

Wilkes Modular Sofa Group Poster (left) and Chadwick Modular Seating Poster (right)
Wilkes Modular Sofa Group Poster (left) and Chadwick Modular Seating Poster (right)

All five posters feature recreated, high-resolution digital prints of the original designs on 100 per cent cotton paper, framed in American maple with a clear, white, or black finish. The posters are available online in the U.S. and Canada through Herman Miller.

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