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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

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George Nelson Post-War Sofa Design for Herman Mill...
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Sofas
An elegant modernist design with organic lines. It has the original wood construction and springs, with a nice comfy bounce. It has been reupholstered.
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Special George Nelson X-Based Walnut Dining Table
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
A special order walnut pop up leaf Nelson X-based dining table with satin white metal legs, book matched wood grains, one 18" pop up leaf and retaining the early manufactures foil tag. ...
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Pair of George Nelson Pretzel Chairs
Azalea Modern
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Pair of George Nelson Pretzel Chairs
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Pair of George Nelson Pretzel chairs.
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Rare Chaise Longue Designed by George Nelson for H...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Chaises Longues
A very rare chaise longue model #5490 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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George Nelson Walnut Cabinet by Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Walnut
This handsome little cabinet has a terrific scale, making it the perfect occasional piece. Herman Miller offered a variety of legs and pulls for the case goods designed by Nelson. This ...
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George Nelson pair of stools for Herman Miller 1955
Mass Modern Design
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George Nelson pair of stools for Herman Miller 195...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Leather, Metal
Very nice early pair of pedestal stools designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller and Vitra, United 1955. This is for a rare and early pair of stools, 1 stool marked with early Vitra ...
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Expandable Dining Table by George Nelson for Herma...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
Beautiful George Nelson dining table for Herman Miller in solid wood and with two pop up leaves that expand the table to a whooping 113". The design of this table is really interesting,...
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George Nelson Rare High Back Chair
Almond Hartzog Gallery
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George Nelson Rare High Back Chair
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome, Leather
A high back lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Model #5469, this lounge chair is one of the more rare designs by Nelson. Tufted leather seating atop chromed plate...
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George Nelson Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee or ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
Very nice design high quality craftsmanship walnut coffee table by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock
The Exchange Int
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Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Rosewood, Steel
George Nelson & Associates table clock Howard Miller Clock Company USA rosewood, steel 4.25 w x 3 d x 5.5 h inches Signed with decal manufacturer's label to reverse: [Howard Miller...
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Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Twi...
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Pair of very nice classic 1950s George Nelson headboards. This pair can make a nice daybed.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Walnut
Nice vintage drop-leaf gate leg dining table by George Nelson. Nice vivid walnut wood grain.
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George Nelson Steelframe Cabinet Herman Miller, 19...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
George Nelson sliding door cabinet designed for the "Steel Frame Group" manufactured by Herman Miller in 1952.
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George Nelson Mid-Century Pair of Night Stands or ...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Wood
Matching pair of night stands or sofa cabinets by American designer, George Nelson for Herman Miller. Each features a drawer, swing out door with storage. Aluminum pulls. Original condi...
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George Nelson Two-Door Cabinet Dresser Herman Mill...
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
2 door walnut cabinet dresser with 2 shelfs designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1948
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Pair of End Tables, Steel Frame, by George Nelson,...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Furniture
Metal, Slate, Wood
Rare because of metal frame, and top in black slate, walnut
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Pair of George Nelson Twin Headboards
Hudson Supermarket
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Pair of George Nelson Twin Headboards
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Fabric, Wood
In original vintage condition. Minor scratches. One corner with minor veneer lost. Priced accordingly to condition.
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George Nelson Black Bench
Corinne Robbins
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George Nelson Black Bench
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Benches
Wood
This is the Classic, originally designed George Nelson bench by Herman Miller. It can be used as a bench at the end of a bed or a coffee table.
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George Nelson Cabinet Model 4712
Weinberg Modern
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George Nelson Cabinet Model 4712
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Chrome, Mahogany
Cabinet with four drawers and two shelves by George Nelson for Herman Miller, produced circa 1950. A desirable version of the Basic Cabinet Series in primavera with satin aluminum hair...
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Pair of George Nelson Primavera Night Stands, 1948...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Wood
A pair of primavera night stands designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1948.
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Set of Four Black Painted Chairs by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Beautiful Set of Four Black Painted Arm Chairs Upholstered in Vintage Fabric by George Nelson
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Thin Edge Credenza by George Nelson
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Thin Edge Credenza by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Rosewood credenza with four drawers and three doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves and open storage space. Aluminum tapering legs. Retains label. Made by Herman Miller.
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Early George Nelson for Herman Miller Pedestal Tab...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Laminate, Steel, Wood
Very early and rare version of the pedestal table (sometimes called the swag leg table) designed by George Nelson. Signed with the early foil label. Early super high quality wood top wi...
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George Nelson Home Office Desk
Zigzag Modern
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George Nelson Home Office Desk
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA, circa 1948. Home office desk, model #4658. Steel frame with perforated steel file holder, leather and wood top. Floating back with sliding doors in...
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George Nelson for Arbuck Table or Stool
Esoteric Survey
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George Nelson for Arbuck Table or Stool
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Iron
Hard to find George Nelson designed iron table or stool for Arbuck. The piece was designed to be used with a glass top as a table or with a cushion as a stool. It was only produced for ...
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Mid-Century Modern Executive Desk by George Nelson...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Aluminum, Teak
This is a vintage Mid-Century teak desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the 1950s. It features two files drawers and two regular drawers and is also finished on the back....
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Coconut Chair and ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Aluminum, Leather, Steel
George Nelson & Associates. Coconut chair and ottoman. Herman Miller. USA, 1956. Leather, enamelled steel, aluminum, chrome-plated steel. Dimension: 41 W x 33 D x 33 H inches.
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George Nelson Thin Edge Nine-Drawer Dresser
Neven + Neven Moderne
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George Nelson Thin Edge Nine-Drawer Dresser
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Rosewood
Rare piece with label. Restored. Rosewood. Aluminum pulls and legs. Amazing grain pattern on drawer fronts. Top 2 drawers have removable dividers. 2 small blemishes on top front edge.
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Rare George Nelson Thin Edge Two-Door Cabinet
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Rosewood
Restored. Rosewood. Aluminum pulls and legs. 1 interior shelf. Excellent condition; 1 small ding on top front edge.
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George Nelson 'Steel Frame' Series Desk for Herman...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Steel, Wood
Vintage 'Steel Frame' series writing desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Black steel framework, white laminate work surface, painted drawers retain original dark green dra...
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Rare George Nelson Thin Edge Four-Drawer Dresser
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Rosewood
Label. Restored. Rosewood construction with aluminum pulls and legs. Excellent condition. Top drawer has removable dividers.
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Petite Swag Leg Occasional Table by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Aluminum, Laminate
Beautiful, small Swag Leg side or occasional table by George Nelson with rectangular wood and laminate top. Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Co., Zeeland, MI in the 1960s.
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1950s George Nelson Ball Wall Clock for Howard Mil...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Brass, Metal
1950's George Nelson Ball Wall Clock For Howard Miller. Original condition. In working condition.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Side Table with Dr...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Steel, Walnut
Early George Nelson for Herman Miller side table. Signed with early round medallion.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Secretary Chest
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Wood
Three drawer dresser chest with fourth drawer being a drop down secretary with desk organizer compartments. Brass pulls, black painted legs. A true example of Mid-Century design and fun...
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Pair of George Nelson Benches for Herman Miller
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Pair of George Nelson Benches for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
Pair George Nelson Benches for Herman Miller
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Chest in Combed Oa...
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Oak
Rare early and all original combed oak chest of four drawers with mushroom knobs and black wooden legs. Bottom drawers is divided and deeper than the other three.
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George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table
Mainly Art Vintage Modern Furniture
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George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
A Nelson slat bench with nicely aged wood in a dark honey color with great warm patina which only an original one can offer. This smaller sized bench or coffee table is manufactured by ...
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George Nelson Writing Desk or Table
lastcentury
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George Nelson Writing Desk or Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century French Desks
Metal
located in France
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George Nelson Herman Miller Steel Frame Modular So...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Steel, Wood
An early 1950s design by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Its features a lower steel frame, strapped maple seats, and a white laminate table top. All are completely modular. In the st...
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George Nelson Pretzel Dining ChairsOn Hold
ABC Modern
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George Nelson Pretzel Dining Chairs
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cowhide, Walnut
Set of Four Rare Model 5098 "Pretzel" Dining Chairs, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, America, circa 1952. They retain their original finish with a warm patina and were reup...
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1951 George Nelson Log Rack with Old Leather, Rope...
George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron, Wrought Iron
A rare original survivor, estate fresh, presented here as-found, with what I am assuming is a very old homemade leather, wood, and rope carrying sling.
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George Nelson Bronze Series Teak Coffee Table for ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Teak
Designer: George Nelson Manufacturer: Herman Miller Period/Model: Mid Century Modern Specs: Bronze, Teak condition: This rare George Neson bronze series coffee table is in very good ...
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George Nelson "Thin Edge" King-Size BedOn Hold
DeAngelis
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George Nelson "Thin Edge" King-Size Bed
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
George Nelson design for Herman Miller "Thin Edge" series king-size bed. New upholstered grey leather headboards, labelled.
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Vibrant 1950s George Nelson Steel Frame Cabinet
Neven + Neven Moderne
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Vibrant 1950s George Nelson Steel Frame Cabinet
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Lacquer, Laminate, Steel, Wood
Unusual cabinet with the original label. All original paint, with the yellow drawer front having been repainted at some point. Some overspray in drawer. Few areas of paint scuffs, but o...
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George Nelson Herman Miller Long Bench with Secret...
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
George Nelson Herman Miller Long Bench with Secretary Writing Desk Cabinet Bench: 92.25"L x 14.25"D x 18.5"H Casegood: 56.25"L x 18.5"D x 34.25"H Desk Work Surface: 30.75"H
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George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Thin Edge' Rosewo...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Rosewood
This rosewood cabinet was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the 1950s as part of the 'Thin Edge' series. This rarely seen example features two cabinet doors which open to r...
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Rare George Nelson Bronze Group Cocktail Table
Red Modern Furniture
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Rare George Nelson Bronze Group Cocktail Table
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rare George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Bronze Group' coffee table circa late 1960's. This limited production example has patinated solid bronze x legs with a beautifully grained Brazilia...
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George Nelson Model 4753 Drop Leaf Desk with Rare ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Walnut
This lightly scaled desk is perfect for reading, writing, working on a laptop or tablet. The drop leaf extension offers additional workspace when needed and visual interest with it's fi...
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Nelson X-Base Table
Chris Houston dba Modern Artifacts
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Nelson X-Base Table
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Nickel, Walnut
George Nelson 1950 X-base dining or writing table design for Herman Miller. This is not a vintage example. Nor is it a Herman Miller production. It was built using a prototype base fa...
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Set of four chairs by George Nelson for Arbuck
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Iron
These rare chairs are from a small group of outdoor furniture designed by Nelson in 1951. We offer reasonable blanket wrap shipping throughout the Continental U.S.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Table with Lazy Su...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Enamel, Laminate
Wonderful dining table by George Nelson for Herman Miller, late 1950s. White laminate top is a equipped with a built in "Lazy Susan" for dining with ease. White enameled base is in exce...
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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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1950s George Nelson Steel Frame Bench for Herman M...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Benches
George Nelson Steel frame Bench circa 1950s steel, walnut, wool upholstery Excellent condition $2500 This bench is modular. The cushions and table can be re-ordered in any configuratio...
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1950s George Nelson Long Slat Bench
Neven + Neven Moderne
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1950s George Nelson Long Slat Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Lacquer, Wood
Excellent bench! Restored. Natural top, black lacquer legs. Some slight staining on inside edges of slats, but not all that noticeable.
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Very Rare Herman Miller Design by George Nelson Ro...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Rosewood
Very Rare Herman Miller design George Nelson Executive Desk Rosewood
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George Nelson Herman Miller Secretary Chest
Red Modern Furniture
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George Nelson Herman Miller Secretary Chest
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Secretaires
Metal, Wood
George Nelson For Herman Miller Primavera chest, circa 1947. This beautiful example is done in walnut and ebonized walnut and has a drop down walnut front with ebonized interior drawers...
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Thin Edge Ten-Drawer Rosewood Dresser by George Ne...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Ceramic, Rosewood
This beautiful chest of drawers features a stunning rosewood grain. One divided drawer. With original legs and porcelain pulls. No chips or damage to the pulls.
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Thin Edge Eight-Drawer Rosewood Dresser by George ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers...
Aluminum, Ceramic, Rosewood
This beautiful chest of drawers features a stunning rosewood grain. With original legs and porcelain pulls. No chips or damage to the pulls.
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George Nelson Ball Clock for Howard Miller
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Clocks
In good working order, very clean original "Ball Clock," circa 1950s. With brushed brass face and blond wood balls.
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