Rohde Modular Desk, 1934-1941

Summary

In the early 1930s, industrial designer Gilbert Rohde spurred the American furniture industry's transition from historical revivals to a modern aesthetic. Rohde is known for his transformative influence on -- and longtime association with -- Herman Miller Inc., whose name became synonymous with modernism. This desk, part of his popular Laurel series for Herman Miller, was intended for both domestic and commercial purposes.

In the early 1930s, industrial designer Gilbert Rohde spurred the American furniture industry's transition from historical revivals to a modern aesthetic. Rohde is known for his transformative influence on -- and longtime association with -- Herman Miller Inc., whose name became synonymous with modernism. This desk, part of his popular Laurel series for Herman Miller, was intended for both domestic and commercial purposes.

Artifact

Desk

Date Made

1934-1941

Creators

Herman Miller, Inc. 

Rohde, Gilbert, 1894-1944 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Zeeland 

Creator Notes

Designed by Gilbert Rohde and manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc.

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

89.177.115

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Veneer
Aluminum (Metal)

Color

Brown
Gray (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 29 in

Width: 23.5 in

Length: 44 in

Connect 3

Discover curious connections between artifacts.

Learn More