Herman Miller’s Cube Sofa Returns, Half a Century After its Birth

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George Nelson's Cube Sofa for Herman Miller returns to production half a century after the legendary design was born.


December 15, 2022

“George Nelson led with the belief that ‘there is a market for good design,’” says Ben Watson, president of Herman Miller. “The Cube Sofa is the encapsulation of good design—remarkable comfort achieved by developing the perfect seat depth and pitch, combined with a clean, tailored aesthetic that remains modern in any century.”

George Nelson, whose clean, bold designs also inspired a collection from Bonaldo this year, designed the Cube Sofa in the 1960s. “With its soft button-tufted cushions and tailored solid wood frame, Nelson—the legendary design director for Herman Miller—created a timeless design that feels every bit as relevant today as it did over a half-century ago,” Ben says. “Today the Cube Sofa is back in production at a 200-year-old furniture manufacturer in upstate New York, with a process that combines traditional, fine woodworking with modern, low-maintenance materials.”

The original 1968 design was updated and reintroduced for the first time for residential as well as commercial customers this year. It’s now available in the original lounge chair and 80-inch sofa as well as in a new 92-inch length sofa—a response, Ben says, to the way people live and work today. “The current fabrication of the Cube Sofa stays true to the original process, even considering the complex tri-mitered solid wood frame. This coupled with high-resiliency foam cushions and modern elastomeric webbing suspension provides a long, low-maintenance lifespan for the sofa.”

The Cube Sofa is accompanied by the Cube Armchair, the other half of the Cube Collection. The Noguchi Table sits in front.

Photos courtesy of Herman Miller