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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.

Read more about George Nelson in Introspective Magazine

Iconic Designs from George Nelson
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Coconut Lounge Chair
Coconut Lounge Chair
Ball Clock
Ball Clock
Thin Edge Group
Thin Edge Group
Platform Bench
Platform Bench
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Restored George Nelson Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
Sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Newly upholstered in a ticking striped fabric with chrome legs. Measures: 81".               
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Fabric

Midcentury George Nelson Gentlemens Secretary Chest
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Herman Miller George Nelson Action Office Series
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Midcentury Action Office Roll Top Desk George Nelson for H Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Suede Armchairs
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Suede, Maple

Vintage Mid Century Steelframe Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
George Nelson for Herman Miller steelframe Coffee Table Early Edition 1950s White Finish Steel Base Richly grained top with metal legs. Tables are out of production
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Mid-20th Century American George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson For Herman Miller Desk And Credenza
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Laminate, Walnut

54" Vintage Single Pedestal Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel, Laminate, Wood

Herman Miller George Nelson Action Office Series Desk
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel, Oak

George Nelson For Herman Miller Executive Desk
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

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