the Herman Miller aesthetic – functional elegance

The Ikea Jerker desk has stood, and will stand, the test of time, not because of Ikea’s continuing support for it, but despite of Ikea’s lack of support.

Once something as durable and as elegant as the clean modernist lines as the Ikea Jerker Version 2 is marketed to the masses, it gains a life separate and apart from the manufacturer.

Ikea Jerker Version 2 in a birch finish

The Ikea Jerker, I would contend, combines the best design aesthetic – that of Herman Miller with the reconfigurability of LEGO.

Other posts will be about how to reconfigure, but this post is about the design aesthetic itself.

Here are the six Herman Miller designed desks marketed in the very first issue of Playboy (December 1953):

Herman Miller desk from 1953

Herman Miller desk from 1953

Herman Miller desk from 1953

Herman Miller desk from 1953

Herman Miller desk from 1953

Herman Miller desk from 1953

And here’s a modern Herman Miller desk, looking very similar to those classics from 1953, and, I think you’ll note it is not too dissimilar from the Ikea Galant and Bakant A-Leg designs.

a modern Herman Miller desk

 

Al these desks lack is that hyper-reconfigurability we love about the Jerker.

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