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Herman Miller: The Purpose of Design, Updated and Revised Edition Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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About the Author

John Berry was vice president of corporate communications at Herman Miller for sixteen years.

Eames Demetrios
, the grand-son of Charles and Ray Eames, is director of the Eames office.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Upd Rev edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832651
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryce R. Cassin on June 25, 2011
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A book more about the art of 'sitting' than chairs - how we live and move and practice being human

Packed with HM logic and wisdom about how the company approaches design from a customer and employee point of view - the book ends of humanity in product design. Berry's narrative is full of wisdom. Information "belongs to everybody, is to be questioned, refined, adapted" - something a particular group of people, in a particular place, do and through such experiences we find meaning. The design philosophy begins with the premise that there is "a person behind" every object, place and event. We think and perceive differently, because we enter a situation with "new, diverse, rich, contradictory, and overlapping sources of information" from our experience of the world. All this from a single page on information and communication.

The production is excellent, the images rich, and text fascinating. In the past there was the coffee table book, this is a book about what it means to sit in a room and hold a conversation that works because the room works.

Seventeen well organised and lavishly illustrated chapters that tell a story from how we live to how we embody our material world. There is much to learn from Herman Miller. When you are done here, sit yourself down in your Eames chair and read the books written by Max De Pree, Herman Miller's famous CEO, on leadership and running a business where employes are people, customers designers, and humanity the reason for it all.

Embodied reading for people who sit in chairs, read books that look and feel good, and think ipads make people look silly.
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