See more objects with the tag furniture, graphic design, series, polychrome.

See more objects with the color darkgrey darkslategrey darkslategrey darkslateblue darkolivegreen or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

1976

  • Work on this object began.

1981

  • We acquired this object.

2013

2016

2018

2019

  • You found it!

Poster, Modular Sofa Group, 1976

This is a Poster. It was from the office of Herman Miller Furniture Company. It is dated 1976 and we acquired it in 1981. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Nicknamed the Chiclet, after the candy-coated gum, this modular sofa group’s components could be taken apart, rearranged, interspersed with table pieces, and screwed back together using a simple Allen wrench. In this poster, the rainbow of colors serves as a shorthand for consumer choice and customization. In reality, these upholstered pieces were offered in an even greater array of fabrics and colors than those shown, including the option for clients to specify their own fabric.

It is credited Gift of Various Donors.

  • Tongue Chair, 1967
  • tubular steel frame, rubber belts, foam rubber, nylon-jersey covering.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2018-22-95

Its dimensions are

57.7 x 89.7 cm (22 11/16 x 35 5/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, upper right: [logo] herman miller modular sofa group designed by ray wilkes

Cite this object as

Poster, Modular Sofa Group, 1976; Office of Herman Miller Furniture Company (United States); USA; offset lithograph on paper; 57.7 x 89.7 cm (22 11/16 x 35 5/16 in.); Gift of Various Donors; 1981-29-415

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18617961/ |title=Poster, Modular Sofa Group, 1976 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=24 May 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>