Herman Miller

Herman Miller Goetz™ Sofa

Mark Goetz, 1967


The traditional sofa is a wooden frame covered with padding and upholstery.

Designer Mark Goetz turned that tradition inside out, wrapping his sofa in a striking molded wood veneer shell to create both a structural frame and a dramatic profile. Crisp, clean lines and ergonomic support—an instant Herman Miller classic.

Molded plywood carries an immediate association with classic Herman Miller designs, and Mark Goetz skillfully and creatively incorporates this material in his sofa design. By using common materials and processes in innovative ways, Goetz achieved a clean-lined, modern aesthetic.

As for the element of comfort, so important in a sofa, Goetz conducted his own research and consulted with other experts to arrive at a seat depth that provides ergonomic sitting support as well as room to lie down.