Elle Décor (USA)

Chew on This!


In 1976, when Herman Miller released the Modular Sofa Group, designed by Ray Wilkes, its internal marketing materials described the components as “attractive, comfortabl­e seating solutions for lounge environmen­ts.” Talk about an understate­ment. With this offering, which was soon colloquial­ly referred to as the “Chiclet sofa” for its resemblanc­e to the popular chewing gum, Wilkes created iconic modern seating that melded cutting-edge technology with killer good looks: The coldcured polyuretha­ne injection foam cushions—a new process at the time—ensured a seamless, rounded appearance that didn’t pucker or dent but was still loungefrie­ndly. After discontinu­ing the Chiclet in 1986, Herman Miller is now reissuing Wilkes’s design, in part as a response to the seating’s popularity on the vintage market. The latest version comes in a rainbow suite of Flamiber bouclé and Maharam wool fabrics that nod to the present— and will undoubtedl­y carry it well into the future.

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