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One would hardly guess it today, but in 1905 Herman Miller began as a traditional-style furniture manufacturer. The hiring of George Nelson as its design director in 1945 dramatically changed the course for the company; however, as Nelson forewent residential furniture for office furniture, and dark woods for the molded plywood pieces of Ray and Charles Eames. It was Nelson who introduced a youthful, neoteric bent to Herman Miller pieces—leading to designs that not only embraced the Modernism movement, but ultimately became emphatic symbols of it.