Herman Miller Showroom

DATE - 1950

Immediately after completing the Eames House and the Entenza House in California, the Eames Office designed the new Herman Miller Los Angeles showroom. Much like the two Case Study Houses of 1949 and 1950, the showroom’s architecture featured a large expanse of glass held together in a geometric pattern by a steel frame. Coinciding with the introduction of the Eames Wire Chair, the Office staged the interiors to include the new Eames collection, new furniture from George Nelson, and fabrics by designer Alexander Girard.

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Similar to installations completed prior by the Eameses, the furniture in the showroom was surrounded by a variety of unexpected objects: a Mexican piñata, a wooden sculpture of a whale from the Pacific Northwest, a wall of seed packets purchased at a local nursery, shells, Indian kites and reels, desert flora, flowers, and plants.

On one wall, the entire Herman Miller catalog was mounted page by page. The objective was to create an “attitude” for a home or office by using objects and images instead of setting up a static display for a kitchen or living area.

Today, Herman Miller’s Los Angeles Showroom has been relocated to a newer structure in Culver City. The windowed facade of the Eames Office-designed building is still intact, but it is currently endangered and slated for either redevelopment or demolition.

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