Herman Miller partners with designer Gabriel Tan

From the birth of ergonomic furniture to manufacturing some of the twentieth century’s most iconic pieces, Herman Miller has pioneered original, timeless design that makes an enduring impact, while building a lasting legacy of design, innovation and social good. Now the brand has forged a new relationship with designer Gabriel Tan resulting in the introduction of two studies in organic and modular design. Tan’s work explores the interaction between humans and furniture: how we use and configure them to suit our life, no matter the stage we’re in. 

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Luva Modular Sofa and Cyclade Tables expand Herman Miller’s diverse portfolio of versatile design

Herman Miller has launched the Luva Modular Sofa Group and Cyclade Tables—two artful designs created in partnership with Portugal-based Singaporean designer Gabriel Tan. His practice, Gabriel Tan Studio, was founded in 2016 in his native Singapore before he moved to Porto, Portugal, with his family in 2020. He keeps studios in both cities, using these influences to explore the cultural intersections between the two.

Constantly exploring new ways to work across disciplines and reinterpret traditional craft and technology, Tan pays homage to a myriad of cultural intersections to these incredibly comfortable – and functional—designs.

“We’re thrilled with our partnership with Gabriel,” notes Ben Watson, President, Herman Miller. “Herman Miller takes pride in collaborating with the world’s best designers. Tan is a designer who is dedicated to preserving and elevating craftsmanship while creating dynamic furnishings that support the evolving needs of today’s customer, wherever they are.”

Luva Modular Sofa by commercial designer Gabriel Tan for Herman Miller

“When a design is successful, different people can read it in different ways. Depending on where you’re from, you can interpret and relate to these designs in a totally different way from somebody else across the world,” adds Tan.

Both relaxing and supportive, Luva Modular Sofa is a study in duality: incredibly versatile and visually irresistible. Luva – Portuguese for “glove” – was designed at Tan’s studio in Porto, Portugal, its shape inspired by the soft grip and padded support of boxing gloves, as well as the delicate rolled tops of Japanese futons or Shikibuton. The result is a distinct, visually soft form, grounded in natural textiles and organic lines.

The form on the Luva Modular Sofa was inspired by the soft grip and padded support of boxing gloves

Much like the glove it emulates, Luva is expandable into an open back for a relaxed lounging posture. With a closed “fist”, it becomes a more supported seat, serving as a place to chat and work. Luva is available in several configurations, from an armchair and chaise to a sofa also available as composed of several sections. A detachable ottoman adds to the variety. Thanks to a hidden bar near the bottom of the seat, these pieces can be grouped together easily or moved apart as desired – all without changing the tactile, plush aesthetic.

Cyclade Tables emulates islands coming together and flowing apart seamlessly

Tan’s Cyclade Tables – an arrangement of three tables – emulates the form of Pangea, with islands coming together and flowing apart seamlessly. Each table is distinctive, with qualities that feel unique and organic, working just as well intertwined as they do apart. They can nest together, creating a trio of tables with different heights and purposes. Separately, their varied forms shine, balancing smooth, curved edges and intriguing negative space. Cyclade is available in a low table with an optional glass bowl for entertaining, displaying objects or adding greenery, as well as mid and high table variations. The result, in any configuration, is sculptural beauty that is just right for the heart of a living space and a distinct nod to one of Tan’s inspirations, Isamu Noguchi.

Cyclade Tables designed by Gabriel Tan for Herman Miller

For contract customers, the products will be available for purchase globally where Herman Miller and MillerKnoll dealers are found. Availability may vary. 

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