To say mid-century modern design is back in fashion would be an understatement. The past decade-plus has seen burgeoning enthusiasm for the legendary movement from the 1940s through the ‘60s, with no signs of slowing down soon. Michigan-based furniture icon Herman Miller is no stranger to keeping the mid-century flame lit, as it did with its Zeph task chair a couple of months back. Today, it’s collaborated with Danish design firm HAY to unleash a collection based on one of the period’s biggest behemoths.
The new line digs into the archives of Charles and Ray Eames, who helped popularize and define an entire era of furniture design. The range features several types of chairs and tables, a hanging rack, and a sofa. One of the standouts is the Molded Plywood Lounge Chair, a take on the original Eames version from the ‘40s, which featured its own experimental technology for molding plywood. Whereas the original chair had wooden tones, this new reimagining is given a vibrant green color. As for the other three chairs that debuted today — the Molded Plastic Armchair, Molded Plastic Side Chair, and the Wire Chair — several attractive colorways are available.
Another big addition to the range is the Sofa Compact, a reimagining of the very couch that Charles and Ray Eames designed for their own home circa 1954. HAY commissioned textile brand Maharam to reissue the discontinued Jacob’s Coat pattern from frequent Eames collaborator Alexander Girard for use on this new edition. The result is something quite magnificent and a marquee piece for this collection. Rounding out the line are the ‘50s-era Dining Table, Wire Base Low Table, and colorful Hang-It-All rack.
If you wish to outfit your home in mid-century modern style, look no further than this new Eames Collection from Herman Miller and HAY, available now through Herman Miller’s website with pieces starting at $345 and going up to $6,500.
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