Herman Miller launches AUS design exhibition


UAE: Herman Miller has launched its exhibition, ‘Purposeful Design, A Journey through Ergonomic Excellence of Herman Miller Seating’ at the American University of Sharjah, held now until February 8.

Hundreds of students, including CAAD faculty members, have visited the event, which focuses on the heritage, design concept and product stories of Herman Miller seating, as well as a showcase of process drawings and videos.

“Herman Miller’s collaboration with AUS has been strengthened by this successful venture, where we as manufacturers of responsible design products, have reached out to talented young designers of the future,” said Sidrah Shaikh, designer – MENA, Herman Miller.


“The exhibits follow a time-line journey of task chairs, where each of the nine heritage line chairs are presented with details of its Design Story, Product Story, Designer and Sustainability. The range starts from the very first ergonomic task chair, Ergon by Bill Stumpf in 1976, through to the latest cutting edge design and ergonomic chair, Sayl by Yves Bahar.”

Organised by the design firm’s regional office, in collaboration with AUS, the exhibition is housed in the School of Architecture and Design Gallery, on the AUS campus.

Visitors can see design process drawings, sketches and prototype images, along with samples of suspended chair backs and parts, to see product and material details.

“As a designer from Herman Miller Dubai and an alumni interior design student from AUS, it gave me great pleasure to head this cause and work with my ex-faculty,” added Shaikh.

“It was an opportunity to give back to the educational institute and communicate to the upcoming designers of what it takes to develop innovative, research-driven design, showcased through a journey of creativity and commitment that went into the making of our products.”

Mona El-Mousfy, assistant professor of architecture, College of Architecture, Art and Design, AUS, said as a CAAD faculty member of the Lecture/Event/Exhibition Committee, it was a delight to coordinate the Purposeful Design Exhibition, especially that the exhibition was managed by Shaikh.

“I taught Sidrah on several interior design courses. CAAD was eager to hold a Herman Miller exhibition because we appreciate the depth and quality of the design history of the company and the great designers it invited to create new chairs,” he said.

“The show clearly documents this history both through actual chairs and related documentations. The many CAAD students that viewed the exhibition and attended a tour by Jennie Stallings were impressed by Herman Miller’s research in ergonomics and admired the experimental nature of the invited designers’ work process, and the research in materiality as evident in a selection of drawings, and the nine chairs.

The exhibition also gave a hint of the production development through fragments of prototypes elegantly suspended to form what looked like an art installation inviting the visitors into the space.”

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