The man who helped usher in the age of the office cubicle is among the designers whose work will be on display at the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ Gallery 210.
From Feb. 23 to April 7, the gallery will present “Design from Herman Miller.” The exhibit will feature selected works from designers who created for the Herman Miller furniture company. They range from mid-century iconographic designers George Nelson and Charles Eames to contemporary designers Yves Béhar and Studio 7.5, based in Berlin. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Aside from helping design the cubicle, Nelson is considered one of the founders of American Modernism. He designed much of the 20th century’s most iconic modernist furniture, including the Omni Wall Unit.
Eames, a St. Louis native, is best known for the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, which has been in continuous production since its introduction.
A lot of people are probably already familiar with the work of Studio 7.5 but just don’t realize it. The group of designers is responsible for the highly successful Mirra and Setu office chairs. The design group is composed of Claudia Plikat, Roland Zwick, Carola Zwick, and Burkhard Schmitz.
Yves Béhar designed the laptop design for One Laptop per Child, the world’s first $100 laptop. Béhar is the founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco based design agency. He’s also behind the Leaf Personal Light for Herman Miller.
An opening reception for “Design from Herman Miller” will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.
The exhibition is made possible with support of Herman Miller and in part with grants from the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.