Buy New
  • List Price: $60.00
  • Save: $11.00 (18%)
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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

Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$36.97 $33.51

Frequently Bought Together

Herman Miller: The Purpose of Design, Updated and Revised Edition + Knoll: A Modernist Universe
Price for both: $99.03

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together
  • Knoll: A Modernist Universe $50.03

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Upd Rev edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832651
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryce R. Cassin on June 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?