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The Making of Herman Miller's "108 Years in 108 Seconds"

For the launch of WHY, our new editorial platform at Herman Miller, we asked Dutch animators Part of a Bigger Plan to answer—in 108 seconds—the question: Why has Herman Miller remained a design leader for over 108 years. Here's a collection of images that helped inspire the process.

Herman Miller's 108 Years in 108 Seconds by Part of a Bigger Plan

Aeron Chair by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, 1994

Aeron Chair is added to the Museum of Modern Art's permanent design collection, 1994. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Inspiration for the Herman Miller's Living Office, featuring Mirra 2 by Studio 7.5, 2013.

Mirra 2. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Setu Chairs by Studio 7.5, 2009.

Setu Chair by Studio 7.5. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Equa Chair by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, 1995.

Equa Chair by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Ergon by Bill Stumpf, 1976.

Ergon Chair by Bill Stumpf. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Modular Seating by Don Chadwick, 1974

Modular Seating by Don Chadwick, 1974.

Modular Seating by Don Chadwick. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Action Office developed by Bob Propst and George Nelson, 1964-1968.

Action Office by Bob Propst and George Nelson. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Bob Propst. Illustration by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Alphabet by Alexander Girard, 1952.

Palio by Alexander Girard, 1964.

A series of Alexander Girard Fabrics illustrated by Christina Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.

Rudder Table by Isamu Noguchi, 1949.

Noguchi Table by Isamu Noguchi, 1948.

Noguchi vignette by Christian Borstlap/Part of a Bigger Plan.