In the early 1930s, the Herman Miller Furniture
Company shifted its focus from historical revival to modern after
the designer Gilbert Rohde convinced the firm's president, Dirk
Jan De Pree, that copying the past was dishonest. Miller's post-conversion
designers included the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Charles and Ray
Eames and Verner Panton, who developed the first one-piece
molded-fiberglass stacking chair.