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George Nelson Furniture

George Nelson (USA, 1908-1986)

Architect, designer, and writer, George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

     Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. Depree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

     There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the “Marshmallow” sofa, the “Coconut” chair, the “Ball” clock, the “Bubble” lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek “Thin-Edge” line.

     For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication —and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

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Iconic Designs from George Nelson
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1960s Executive Desk Chair by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A George Nelson designed rolling desk chair with orange fabric supported by a swivel base with casters. Manufactured by George Nelson and Associates in the 1960s. Newly reupholstered.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson Home Office Desk, Herman Miller, All Original with Label, 1948
By George Nelson
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA, 1948. Model number 4658 or "Home Office Desk". All original with chocolate brown top and drawer fronts, birch body and steel legs. The small pu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

Midcentury George Nelson for Herman Miller Low Cabinet Credenza #5803
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Wonderful low cabinet by Herman Miller designed by George Nelson #5803. This beautiful walnut low credenza features 2x front walnut sliding doors with 4 sections inside and (3) adjus...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller First Edition Mid-Century Modern Coconut Chair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Coconut chair Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller USA, circa 1950s 1950s Alexander Girard “Minicheck” fabric, fiberglass, and aluminum Measures: 33” H x 41 ½ W x ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Executive Desk with Credenza Return
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, executive desk with credenza return by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a walnut desk with steel H legs that measures 72 x 30 x 29.5, with attached walnut...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Rare Coffee Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Rare coffee table by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s. Measures: H 40 cm, DM 114.5 cm. Very good condition.  
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Daybed Sofa
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Phoenix, AZ
This early George Nelson for Herman Miller daybed with mustard yellow upholstery features a seldom-seen side table arm. Please note that the length of the daybed measures 93.5 inches...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Upholstery

Early Pair of Pedestal Side Tables by George Nelson for Contura / Herman Miller
By Contura, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
Early pair of pedestal side tables, designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Contura in Germany in license of Herman Miller. Iconic design in vintage condition. One table is sti...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Steel Frame Planter Bench for Herman Miller, 1960's
By George Nelson
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
George Nelson bench with stainless steel planter box, new tangerine linen upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Modern Vintage Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, Chrome Legs 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Midcentury Modern Sleek Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, Early Label. Design 1950s Dimensions: 27 1/2" H x 90" W x 30" D, Seat 15 1/2" Sofa with original...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson 'Action Office 1' Desk for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, roll top desk no. 64916, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, design 1953, production 1970s. This roll top desk is designed a...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Walnut Basic Cabinet Group Dressers
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Highland, IN
George Nelson's Classic case good design, the "Basic Cabinet Series" was offered in a range of sizes and configurations with a selection of pulls and leg options. These three cabinet...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Upholstered Armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a maple frame with upholstered seat and back.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Fabric, Maple

George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Highboy Dresser, Newly Restored
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern walnut five-drawer highboy dresser chest By George Nelson for Herman Miller "Basic Cabinet Series" USA, 1950s Measures: 40.13"W × 18.5"D × ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson "Omni" Wall-Mounted Walnut Modular Desk Unit, USA
By George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
Desk element designed by George Nelson. Originally offered as an option to the OMNI wall unit (circa 1960s), the desk is constructed of walnut and chrome steel with a stunning "flat ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

1950s 'Steel Frame' Desk Model 4111 by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A compact white steel frame desk with three blue enameled drawers and black laminate top. Model 4111 from the 'Steel Frame' line for Herman Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Vitra Popsicle Clock by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
In 1947, the American designer George Nelson was commissioned to create a collection of clocks. Nelson analyzed how people used clocks and concluded that they read the time by discer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Lounge Chair MAA, Charles Pollock/George Nelson Associates, Herman Miller, 1958
By George Nelson, Charles Pollock, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
The MAA is the lounge chair version of the Swag leg chair series. Designed by Charles Pollock for George Nelsons Associates in 1954, this chair was only produced from 1958-1964. It i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Original George Nelson Coconut Chair, Vitra, Black Leather, White Shell, Chrome
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Kansas City, MO
Coconut lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, manufactured by Vitra. Black leather, white shell and chrome legs. Very good original condition.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Dresser, Silver Plated Drawer Pulls, Rare
By George Nelson
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Early production of George Nelson walnut lowboy dresser for Herman Miller, very rare silver plated drawer pulls. All original finish with beautiful patina.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Silver

George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Dresser, Silver Plated Drawer Pulls, Rare
By George Nelson
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Early production of George Nelson walnut highboy dresser for Herman Miller, very rare silver plated drawer pulls. All original finish with beautiful patina.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Silver

George Nelson & Associates Cane Bench or Coffee Table for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Rare cane bench model 5291 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, constructed of black lacquered birch, cane, and metal.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Original 1960s George Nelson Howard Miller Stand Fireplace Tool Set
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
A Classic original 1960s Howard Miller four piece stand fireplace tool set designed by George Nelson Assoc. Overall height approximate 34” and 10.5” diameter, individual tools approx...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

1960s George Nelson Howard Miller Fireplace Cape Cod Fire Starter
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
A classic original 1960s Howard Miller fireplace “Cape Cod” fire starter designed by George Nelson Assoc. Overall height approx. 11.5” and 16.5” diameter of enameled cast iron and ir...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Iron

1960s George Nelson Howard Miller Stand Fireplace Firebasket Log Fire Holder
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
A classic original 1960s Howard Miller fireplace “Firebasket” log fire holder designed by George Nelson Assoc. Overall approx. 20” long, 18” deep, and 9” tall of forged iron. Cond...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Cube Group Oak Frame Sofa
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Midcentury George Nelson for Herman Miller cube group sofa. A midcentury Classic that has been modernized, sporting its original light oak frame paired with beautiful new, ivory Bouc...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Bouclé, Oak

George Nelson Pedestal Coffee Table by Vitra
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Madrid, ES
Coffee or side table, originally designed by George Nelson in 1954, with four-branched base in black lacquered aluminum. Tabletop in black laminate with a visible edge in birch venee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Two "Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
"Thin Edge" chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller. These make nice nightstands Measures: cabinet 1. 19.5" deep by 34" wide by 33.25" high cabinet 2. 19.5" deep by 24...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Drop-Leaf Dining Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Amazing space saving drop-leaf design by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Could be used a dining table or desk.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Rare Pretzel Armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1952
By George Nelson
Located in Saint Ouen, Île-de-France
A rare and early Nelson bent ply Pretzel armchair with birch seat reupholstered in ivory fabric and sculptural backrest and leg frame with a short production run in 1952. The chair m...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

Rare Early George Nelson Bench / Coffee Table for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A early and rare Nelson coffee table / bench with white rectangle Laminate top having black legs typical of the Nelson slat bench coffee table. This table was not produced in large n...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

Irving Harper Toothpick Construction Dome
By Irving Harper, George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Irving Harper toothpick construction dome. Hand constructed out of toothpicks, Harper the genius of George Nelson Design for Herman Miller, who created the most iconic award winning...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson DAF Swag Leg Chair Herman Miller 1958 1st Edition
By George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson DAF swag leg chair Herman Miller 1958 1st Edition. All original condition - Perfect vintage condition.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Secretary Cabinet in Walnut
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Southampton, NJ
George Nelson for Herman Miller freestanding Secretary cabinet consisting of a lower credenza section that attaches to an upper Secretary section having a flip down work station or s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Early 1950s George Nelson for Herman Miller Lacquered Platform Bench Table
By George Nelson
Located in Las Vegas, NV
An iconic early version of a Herman Miller black lacquer platform bench designed by George Nelson. Original finish and metal tag on underside. Solid with no damage or repairs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson for Herman Miller 4-Drawer Cabinet/Credenza in Walnut
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Southampton, NJ
A sleek midcentury cabinet designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in walnut having 4 drawers, aluminum pulls over an aluminum frame with white laminate top. Beautiful condition...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Model 4688 Lounge Chairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1946
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Stamford, CT
Extremely rare set of lounge chairs Model-4688 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the United States in 1946. This iconic pair is crafted with solid legs and features an e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Bouclé, Walnut

Walnut Dining Table with Two Stored Leaves by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Uncommon and gorgeous walnut dining table by George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA, 1955. In beautiful original condition with minor signs of well-cared-for use. The table is 72" long...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Coffee Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nelson oiled walnut coffee table [disc label underside George Nelson, Herman Miller].
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Model-4688 Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant Modern lounge chair Model-4688 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the United States in 1946. This iconic lounge chair with its ottoman set is crafted with solid w...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Fabric, Foam

Coffee Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in London, GB
Simple and elegant coffee table designed by George Nelson in the 1960s for Herman Miller. This model has a white laminate top - with nicely chamfered edge revealing plywood layers...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Original George Nelson Coconut Chair, Vitra, Black Leather, White Shell, Chrome
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Kansas City, MO
Coconut lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, manufactured by Vitra. Black leather, white shell and chrome legs. Very good original condition.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

Oversized Pair George Nelson Chairs for Miller, circa 1965
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair George Nelson chairs for Miller, circa 1965 Stylish oversized chairs in petrol velvet with brushed steel feet. They are in good original condition with no major flaws an...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Desk Lamp by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Koch & Lowy
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Extraordinary articulating desk lamp by George Nelson and Daniel Lewis for Koch & Lowy.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Usa, Vintage Slat Bench, 1950s
By George Nelson
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nelson, original vintage "Slat" or "Platform" bench in birch over black legs. Designed in 1946 for Herman Miller, USA, as model no. 4692. This example was produced in the 1950...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

Vitra Ball Clock in Cherry Wood & Brass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Miniature Coconut Chair in Black with Chrome Legs by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Plastic, Fiberglass

Vitra Eye Clock in Brass & Walnut by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Ball Clock in Orange by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Petal Clock in Black & Brass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Tripod Clock in Brass & Glass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Cone Clock in White & Black by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

Vitra Wheel Clock in Walnut & Aluminum by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Vitra Flock of Butterflies Clock in Aluminum by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Vitra Miniature Marshmallow Sofa in White by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Vitra Diamond Clock in Walnut by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Ball Clock in Beech Wood by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Ball Clock in Red by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Turbine Clock in Brass & Aluminum by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

Vitra Star Clock in Chrome & Brass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

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