In this design-fetishizing city, an Eames chair is more than just a place to park your backside—it’s a totem of good taste. Fitting, then, that after four years of museum-hopping around the country, “Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller,” a retrospective of the furniture company behind the famous seat, is taking its final bow at the Museum of Craft & Design. Curated by former Herman Miller VP John Berry, the exhibit showcases prototypes, photographs, and oral histories about the firm, as well as a lineup of its greatest hits, including the dotty Marshmallow sofa, the curved-wood Noguchi table, and the iconic Aeron office chair. While a warehouse-size room full of chairs may sound underwhelming, here it’s provocative. The furniture is staggered on raised platforms, flanked by 15-foot-tall quotes by designers Charles Eames and George Nelson, eye-popping fabric created by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller, and graphic vintage posters by the brand from the ’60s and ’70s. July 13–Oct. 6, 2569 3rd St. (near 22nd St.), 415-773-0303
Originally published in the August 2013 issue of San Francisco.