Vintage Posters Make A Comeback

by Mat Dirjish

Design enthusiasts are getting the chance to get their hands on some of Herman Miller’s graphic art library, which represents collaborations with some of the world’s celebrated graphic designers and illustrators. Herman Miller’s Director of Global Archives and Brand Heritage Amy Auscherman is offering a selection of the brand’s top items through Herman Miller and Design Within Reach’s (DWR) online stores. The posters will also be on display and available for order through Herman Miller and DWR stores across the country next month. 

The collection features a range of aesthetics and conceptual styles including structuralist modernism by George Nelson & Associates, Phillip Mitchell’s exuberant colorful abstractions, and the Swiss style of Armin Hofmann. The initial collection of fifteen designs spans from 1949 to 1979 and covers a host of product advertisements and brand nostalgia, beginning with Irving Harper’s Hardware Ad and concluding with Linda Powell’s Exercise Poster. George Nelson & Associates classics in the assortment include historical advertisements such as the Timeline, Four Coconuts and Coconut Chair in addition to the methodic Nelson Office Illustrations including Purple Triangles, Rectangles, Four Color Block, Blue and Black, Blue Dot, and Two Split Circles.

Rounding out the collection are the two bright and colorful posters dubbed Rainbow Resources and Organic Forms, both designed by Phillip Mitchell under the creative direction of Frykholm, who was serving as Creative Director at Herman Miller at the time. 

Pricing for the assortment ranges from $475–$1,125 with frames available in white, black or maple. The collection is available for purchase now at the Herman Miller store and at Design Within Reach,

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