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Herman Miller Beware Of Imitations Poster

by Eames, from Herman Miller

herman miller beware of imitations poster

herman miller beware of imitations poster

Design Charles & Ray Eames®, 1962
Screen-printed acid-free archival paper
Made by Herman Miller®

Twenty years after perfecting a method for molding plywood in three-dimensional forms, Charles and Ray Eames experienced a dubious form of flattery: copies of their work began to appear. This prompted the Eames Office and Herman Miller to create the Beware of Imitations advertising campaign. This reproduction of the iconic advertisement celebrates the undeniable quality and craftsmanship of Herman Miller product as seen through the inimitable creative lens of Charles and Ray Eames.

The Beware of Imitations poster is a reproduction of an advertisement produced for Herman Miller by the Eames Office in 1962. The original ad appeared on the back cover of Arts & Architecture magazine, edited at the time by the Eameses' Case Study collaborator John Entenza. Faithful in every detail to the original art, and reproduced as a two-color, screen-print on acid-free archival paper, the 33x27 inch poster is available framed or unframed. The framed version includes an elegant three-quarter-inch white wood frame with clear acrylic. Mounting hardware included.

unframed: 27" w | 33" h
framed: 28" w | 34" h

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Husband and wife team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture and furniture, as well as working in industrial and graphic design, fine art, and film. Charles completed two years of study at Washington University in St. Louis. With his design and life partner Ray, he designed prize-winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding techniques of Alvar Aalto. Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter, having graduated from Bennett Women’s College in Millbrook, NY and later studying under Hans Hoffman while living in New York City. She co-founded the American Abstract Artists and has a painting in the Whitney museum’s permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.


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