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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Pair of Vintage Ebonized Chests by George Nelson f...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A very nice pair of vintage 1950s five-drawer chests designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Each chest with five graduated drawers, two each are with dividers, with the original b...
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Pair of Dressers by George Nelson for Herman Mille...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Pair of dressers by George Nelson for Herman Miller. One having three drawers the other four, "j" style pulls, both on hairpin legs.
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George Nelson Thin Edge Cabinet
Oliver Modern
George Nelson Thin Edge Cabinet
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
George Nelson thin edge cabinet. Walnut.
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Thin Edge Credenza by George Nelson for Herman Mil...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge walnut credenza with original hardware and brushed aluminum legs. Fully restored wood in showroom condition. Measures 67" W x 18.5" D x 33" ...
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George Nelson Walnut Armchairs 1947 Design
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George Nelson Walnut Armchairs 1947 Design
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Pair of George Nelson armchairs designed in 1947 with Ernest Farmer for Herman Miller. Beautifully restored and reupholstered in woven chenille fabric. Model 4663. For trade pricin...
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Thin Edge Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Gorgeous Thin Edge sofa designed by George Nelson and made by Herman Miller. This early 1950s sofa has solid cast aluminum legs and is newly reupholstered in a stunning mustard color K...
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George Nelson Cabinet
Neal Beckstedt
George Nelson Cabinet
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
George Nelson cabinet design for Herman Miller. Two-door sideboard or cabinet with chrome edge pulls on hairpin legs. Two adjustable drawers and two adjustable shelves inside.
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George Nelson Planter Table, 1950s
Hildebrandt Studio
George Nelson Planter Table, 1950s
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
George Nelson Planter table, 1950s Herman Miller Iconic side table in walnut with cream white leather wrapped top surface, finely tapered legs, slightly splayed, and two square com...
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George Nelson Storage Desk with Drop Front for Her...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Lacquer, Satin, Steel, Walnut
Designer: George Nelson Manufacturer: Herman Miller Period/Style: Mid Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1950s Dimensions: 45.75″H x 34″W x 18.5″D Materials: Walnut, St...
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Executive Home Desk by George Nelson
Collage 20th Century Classics
Executive Home Desk by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut with original custom white leather writing surface and sliding floating doors, small drawers in maple. Storage and drop down typing table with original perforated aluminum file d...
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George Nelson Firestarter by Howard Miller
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron
Hard to find Firestarter designed by George Nelson. Made of cast iron and manufactured by Howard Miller Clock Company of Zeeland, Michigan. Condition is excellent with just some slight...
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Extra Long Classic 1948 Bench by George Nelson for...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
This is the second longest size that the Classic Nelson bench was made in. It is completely original with a great patina and barely any wear from age. It is strong and sturdy and extrem...
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Premier Custom George Nelson Executive Floating De...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
This desk was custom ordered and produced for a bank executive circa 1960 in black American walnut and is featured in the 1950s issued catalog. Featuring a unique top that rather than b...
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Herman Miller Desk
kinder MODERN
Herman Miller Desk
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal, Wood
Produced by: Herman Miller Designed by: George Nelson USA, 1950s Painted wood, plated metal
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Pair of Oak and White Laminate Side Tables by Geor...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Extremely rare early 1950s, pair of oak and white laminate side tables by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Gorgeous pair in beautiful condition.
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Rare Freestanding CSS Cabinet, George Nelson for H...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Walnut
A rare freestanding CSS cabinet designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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Vintage George Nelson "Cigar" Floor Lamp
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Vintage George Nelson "Cigar" floor lamp. Very good original finish and condition. Stretched membrane over steel form, original socket and wiring intact with pull chain socket.
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Executive Desk by George Nelson
Orange
Executive Desk by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Desks
Walnut
Handsome George Nelson for Herman Miller walnut desk with floating top, aluminum legs and caned modesty panel. Credenza return has ample storage including two interior shelves, two pull...
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George Nelson Footstool for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Upholstery, Wood
Beautiful footstool designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1950s. Stool has been freshly recovered in fabric designed by Charles and Ray Eames, tilted "Crosspatch."
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Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Mini D...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller "Primavera" mini dresser. Has the original M pulls. Original label in tact. Compact size with plenty of storage. Measure: L 34, D...
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Five-Drawer Dresser by George Nelson for Herman Mi...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mahogany, Walnut
Five-drawer dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller, having "Cupcake" drawer pulls and hairpin legs. A somewhat rare configuration, the case walnut and the drawer fronts Mahogany. We...
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Eight-Drawer Dresser with Vanity by George Nelson ...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Eight-drawer dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller, having "Cupcake" drawer pulls and hairpin legs. A somewhat rare configuration, the case Walnut and the drawer fronts Mahogany. T...
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Set of Eight George Nelson for Herman Miller Dinin...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wood
An incredible complete set of eight dining chairs designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. They features solid maple chair frames with brand new brown tweed upholstery.
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Midcentury George Nelson Two-Door Cabinet
Horseman Antiques Inc.
Midcentury George Nelson Two-Door Cabinet
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Vintage-modern cabinet featuring two doors and brass hardware, designed by George Nelson. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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Vintage George Nelson Ball Clock
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Designed by Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Co. Converted to battery operation.
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Rare George Nelson Black Frame and Marble-Top Gent...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rare George Nelson black frame and marble-top Gentleman's chest.
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George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser
Oliver Modern
George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Rosewood
George Nelson rosewood thin edge ten-drawer dresser. Aluminum legs.
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George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser
Oliver Modern
George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut, Aluminum
George Nelson eight-drawer thin edge dresser. Walnut. Painted metal handles. Aluminum legs.
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Pair of Rare George Nelson Black Frame and Marble-...
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Pair of rare George Nelson black frame and marble-top dressers.
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George Nelson Herman Miller Steel Frame Sofa Secti...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Sofas
This is a gorgeous sectional that has just been reupholstered in Knoll Rivington Textile. This set includes, One steel frame which is 8ft long, one steel frame which is 4ft long. T...
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Six George Nelson Herman Miller Dining Chairs Upho...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Dining Room Chairs
Stunning George Nelson dining chairs newly upholstered in Maharam Kvadrat 100% wool textile. They are all in great condition; the wood has some wear but nothing at all structural.
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George Nelson Coffee Table or Bench for Herman Mil...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Formica, Steel
Designer: George Nelson. Manufacturer: Herman Miller. Period or Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specifications: Brushed steel, Formica. Condition: This George Nelson coffee table ...
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George Nelson Swag Leg End Tables, Pair for Herman...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Pair of swag leg round end tables by George Nelson for Herman Miller. White micarta tops banded by wood with swag leg white painted aluminum base. Original vintage condition with wear t...
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Classic Mid-Century Nightstands with Biscuit Pulls...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Mahogany
Classic Mid-Century nightstands with biscuit pulls by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1950s. Fully restored and in gorgeous condition. We offer free regular deliveries to NYC and Ph...
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Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Three-Draw...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
This is an iconic pair of mid century modern chests designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Black frame, yellow drawer fronts and dark green sides and backs. Sturdy and in very g...
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George Nelson Saucer Pendant Bubble Lamp, 1950s
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Beautiful vintage saucer pendant bubble lamp designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Lamp has been rewired. Signed.
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Rare Server by George Nelson
20CDesign.com
Rare Server by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Tables
Rare Server designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Server is in excellent original condition and has the original content insert in center drawer with side extention.
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 Daybed by George Nelson
20CDesign.com
Daybed by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Day Beds
Daybed model # 5088 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Natural birch wood frame with back support on hair pin legs. Early example in very good original condition. New upholste...
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1958 George Nelson DAA Articulated Back "Platypus"...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fiberglass, Metal
Original finish in gel coat with first series feet, this immaculate DAA George Nelson chair is a wonder to behold. Came out of the collection of a Dean of Fine Arts, who never used the ...
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George Nelson Walnut Sliding Door Credenza, Herman...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Walnut Credenza with sliding doors, 2 interior shelfs, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1950 George Nelson Slat Bench
Neven + Neven Moderne
1950 George Nelson Slat Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Birch, Lacquer
Restored bench surface. New black lacquer on legs. Earlier version of bench with rounded edges on legs. Typical marks on top surface.
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George Nelson Walnut Coffee Table
Mid Century Maddist
George Nelson Walnut Coffee Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Mid Century Walnut Coffee Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller no. 5652. This piece displays clean lines and stunning wood grains.
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Mid-Century Modern Knoll Office Credenza by George...
Knoll, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
This unique vintage credenza features sliding door cabinets with drawers for added storage. Sturdy six leg construction, leather door pulls and adjustable shelves make this a stylish an...
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Cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Horseman Antiques Inc.
Cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
From Herman Miller's Basic Cabinet Series, a vintage George Nelson design with rare walnut & metal pulls. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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George Nelson CSS Wall Unit for Herman Miller, 1959
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George Nelson CSS Wall Unit for Herman Miller, 195...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
VERY RARE GEORGE NELSON CSS WALL UNIT FOR HERMANN MILLER 1959 CSS (Comprehensive Storage System) off white modular wall unit or room divider designed by George Nelson for Herman Mill...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Platform Bench
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple, Wood
1950's long vintage 72" George Nelson for Merman Miller Maple Slat Coffee Table or Bed End Table on Black ebonized wooden framework. Refinished. Great multi purpose piece
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Pair of Side Tables by George Nelson for Herman Mi...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
This is a pair of side tables by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The model 5451 end table was designed in 1954 and is still being produced today. They feature polished aluminum bases a...
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Rare George Nelson Coffee Table Set in Iron and Vi...
Arbuck, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wrought iron frames with vitrolite glass top and lower shelf coffee table set by George Nelson for Arbuck.
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King-Size Bed by George Nelson for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Beds
King-size headboard in walnut on hairpin legs by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Recent professional restoration. Features two adjustable pull-out shelves for convenience. The top can ...
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George Nelson for Howard Miller Walnut Wall Mirror...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Walnut
Nicely detailed walnut mirror with shelf and drawer designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Howard Miller from the Meridian Mirror Division. in Zeeland, Michigan. This is model #...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Hairpin Leg Chest,...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Beautiful walnut chest newly refinished with original hairpin legs and "M" form handles in brushed steel. Excellent condition. Herman Miller label with printed George Nelson signature i...
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George Nelson Cigar Pendant Bubble Lamps, 1950s
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Beautiful pair of vintage cigar pendant bubble lamps designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Both lamps in excellent condition. Both have been rewired. Signed.
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Original Pair of George Nelson Cigar Lamps
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
Great pair of pendants by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Plasterized fabric in terrific original condition.
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Extremely Rare George Nelson Thin Edge Lounge Chai...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Extremely rare and important George Nelson #5484 thin edge lounge chairs, 31" H x 37" W x 33" D. This model was in production for only 2 years from 1954-1956. Matching sofa also availab...
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CSS Storage System by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Machine Age
CSS Storage System by George Nelson for Herman Mil...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Aluminum, Walnut
This Comprehensive Storage System by George Nelson includes four posts that supports the various shelving components, which include a large cabinet with sliding black doors, a small cab...
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Handsome Ebonized Buffet or Credenza with Aluminum...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Aluminum, Mahogany
Handsome ebonized buffet or credenza with aluminum pulls by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1950. Fully restored and in excellent condition. Could also function as a dresser. We off...
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George Nelson Sideboard
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George Nelson Sideboard
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Aluminum, Rosewood
Rosewood Sideboard with six drawers and aluminum tapering legs designed by famous American George Nelson. This small object has an enormous storage capacity. Manufactured by Herman Mill...
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Extremely Rare George Nelson Thin Edge Sofa, 1954
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Extremely rare George Nelson "Thin Edge" sofa #5481 produced for only 2 years from 1954-1956, this is the only sofa known to come to market, matching lounge chairs also available.
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George Nelson Chest of Drawers Sideboard for Herma...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chrome, Walnut
A George Nelson chest of drawers for Herman Miller in walnut veneer and chrome legs. This chest has eight drawers with chrome pulls. The top has some marks but in overall very good con...
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Vintage Fiberglass George Nelson "DAF" Swag Leg Ch...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fiberglass
vintage swag leg chair designed by Charles pollock for The George Nelson office 1958 this chair is in great condition and its a dark green/ dark grey color fiberglass . it is missing ...
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