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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Thin Edge Headboard by George Nelson for Herman Mi...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Beds
Walnut
King-size headboard in walnut by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Having two adjustable shelves and two doors concealing storage compartments with two small drawers and lights that swin...
George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Credenza by Herma...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Steel, Aluminum, Rosewood
A spectacular design, the rosewood thin edge group is the most sophisticated and luxurious of the case-goods the Nelson office designed. This long credenza is perhaps the finest of the ...
Rare George Nelson Rosewood Miniature Jewelry Ches...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Rosewood, Walnut, Laminate, Porcelain
Early George Nelson for Herman Miller Jewelry cabinet. Rosewood drawer fronts, walnut sides and back, white laminate top and original porcelain pulls. Original finish. This is a beautif...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Rosewood and Rubbe...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood, Rubber
Attractive and practical coffee table of unusual form by George Nelson for Herman Miller featuring richly polished rosewood top with rubber bump-guard. 'Double-X' base of black lacquere...
George Nelson Rosewood Dining Table and Chair Set
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Upholstery, Walnut
A design of subtle beauty, this rare dining table by George Nelson has a top of rich rosewood supported by tapered black legs. There are two self-storing leaves which are concealed insi...
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...
Rare George Nelson Herman Miller Thin Edge Chest
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s North American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rare George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge chest, circa late 1950s. This all original example has a beautifully grained walnut case and drawer fronts, porcelain hour glass pulls and...
Early Pair of George Nelson Herman Miller Thin Edg...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s North American Dressers
Early all original pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge chests of drawers, circa late 1950s. These five-drawer examples have combed walnut cases and drawer fronts with hour...
Memphis Style Wall Clock by George Nelson for Howa...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Plastic
This geometric wall clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller, circa 1960. The hands that keep the time on this atomic piece are a blue and red circle, a long white hand, and a yellow di...
George Nelson 2-Bay CSS by Herman Miller, circa 19...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
Walnut
Wall-mount 2 48" Bay CSS, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, walnut shelves an cabinets. Bright Lyons specializes in George Nelson's CSS storage system of 1959. We current...
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
DeAngelis
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Simple modernity in this desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1950s. Perfectly refinished walnut with two oak drawers on a cantilevered brushed steel frame, labeled.
George Nelson Chronopak Orb Desk Clock for Howard ...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Brass, Walnut
Designer: George Nelson. Manufacturer: Howard Miller. Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 6.5″ H x 5.25″ W x 4.75″ D. Materials: W...
Herman Miller George Nelson Leather Drafting Stool...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Aluminum, Leather
Mid-Century drafting stool by George Nelson and Robert Propst for Herman Miller. This piece sits on a heavy aluminum swivel base supported by casters. Black leather cushions are origina...
Meridian Ceramic Clock by Raymor for Howard Miller...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Ceramic
Designed by George Nelson and crafted in Italy by the Raymor company, this beautiful clock was made for the Meridian Clock Division of Howard Miller, Zeeland, Michigan. Original tags on...
George Nelson Red Kite Table or Floor Lamp, USA, 1...
George Nelson
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Chrome, Fabric
A George Nelson 'kite' table or floor lamp. The lamp is made of a chrome-plated metal frame with a red fabric diffuser wrapped around it. It has a pull chain switch with a wooden ball.
George Nelson Walnut Nightstands for Herman Miller...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Gorgeous pair of Mid-Century Modern walnut nightstands designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1950s.
George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Cabinet/Chest of ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rosewood, Porcelain
Rosewood thin edge cabinet designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Original porcelain pulls.
Woven Rattan "Basket Clock" by George Nelson for H...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Rattan
Out of the 150+ designs created by George Nelson for Howard Miller, this clock is one of the most rare editions. Small black circles mark the number positions around the round, woven wi...
Walnut Executive Desk by George Nelson for Herman ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Formica, Steel, Walnut
A walnut desk with brushed steel legs. Top is formica. Stunning practical desk in good original condition. Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
Meridian Clock for Raymor Designed by George Nelso...
Bitossi, Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Striking Mid-Century Bitossi ceramic wall clock by Howard Miller and designed by George Nelson. This particular design is very rare. All original condition.
Extendable Dining Table by George Nelson for Herma...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Wood
Beautiful dining table designed by George Nelson, manufactured by Herman Miller in the USA, circa 1960. The table is made of the highest quality white coated aluminium with a well-cr...
Trolley by George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA, c...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bar Carts
Metal, Walnut, Wood
Beautiful trolley designed by George Nelson, manufactured by Herman Miller in the USA, circa 1960. This very well-crafted piece has a nice grey metal base with two beautiful walnut w...
Executive Desk by George Nelson
Executive Desk by George Nelson
Orange Furniture
Executive Desk by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
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...
George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller,...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Rosewood
Designer: George Nelson. Manufacturer: Herman Miller. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Rosewood, cast aluminum. Condition: These George Nelson thin edge dresser ...
George Nelson Sectional Sofa, Bench and Side Table...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
A 1960s sectional living room set by designer George Nelson for Herman Miller, which includes a four seat sofa and two seat bench, upholstered in blue vinyl cushions, against a white en...
George Nelson Fire Tools with Stand by Howard Mill...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Birch, Iron
This set of model H609 fireplace accessories designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller have a clean, spare design and are supported by a tripod stand. They have acquired a rich patina...
George Nelson Executive Desk
George Nelson Executive Desk
Merit
George Nelson Executive Desk
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Desks
Steel, Walnut
Handsome desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Metal legs, walnut return and walnut desktop. Return has multiple shelves and five wood pull-out drawers including a file drawer. Slidi...
Rare 1960s George Nelson 'Loose Cushion' Lounge Ch...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Metal, Wood, Fabric
Fantastic George Nelson lounge chair mod. 5681 Mid-Century Modern design. Very good condition, reupholstered and covered with new woven ecru fabric. The chair was produced from 1956-1...
Classic Nelson for Herman Miller Desk on Bench
Classic Nelson for Herman Miller Desk on Bench
Barbarella Home
Classic Nelson for Herman Miller Desk on Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Wood
George Nelson drop front desk rests on 68"- L bench. Desk 40"-L. Minor cosmetic wear, normal and consistent with age.
George Nelson Walnut Drop-Leaf Dining Table
George Nelson Walnut Drop-Leaf Dining Table
Soho Treasures
George Nelson Walnut Drop-Leaf Dining Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Very nice Mid-Century Modern George Nelson drop-leaf dining table.
George Nelson Hanging Bubble Light with Original B...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
A Classic vintage George Nelson hanging bubble light with original ceiling plate and box, retains the label to the light and cardboard packing. Manufactured by the Howard Miller Lightin...
Two Mid-Century Modern Howard Miller George Nelson...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Glass, Rosewood
One round clock rosewood face with alum. Round circles for numbers and alum. Perimeter. Original electric clock mechanism. Measures: 13" dia. 2.75" deep. One square clock Italian gla...
George Nelson Vintage Rosewood Thin Edge Tall Ches...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Exquisite rosewood thin edge series highboy dresser with porcelain pulls and aluminum legs in excellent condition. Retains the original label. In good condition with minor veneer chi...
MMG" Series Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1957
MMG" Series Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1957
Fragile
MMG" Series Desk by George Nelson for Herman Mille...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Metal, Steel
Desk from the series "Modern Management Group," designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1957 (manufactured from 1957 to 1962). White laminated plastic top, turquoise lacquered me...
George Nelson Model 5245 Rosewood Thin Edge Cabine...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Porcelain, Rosewood
Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller rosewood case, model 5245. Features five drawers and one door concealing two adjustable shelves. Deep rosewood graining. Signed with applied foil m...
George Nelson Sling Sofa for Herman Miller
George Nelson Sling Sofa for Herman Miller
The Swanky abode
George Nelson Sling Sofa for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome, Leather
Designer: George Nelson.  Manufacturer: Herman Miler. Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Chrome-plated tubular steel, leather.  Condition: This George Nelson sling ...
Four-Bay Walnut "Omni" Shelving System by George N...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Aluminum, Bakelite, Glass, Walnut
Incredible four-bay Omni unit includes verical five support bars, three plain shelves, an additional shelf has built-in bookends. Unit has two cabinets with a pair of doors, one set of ...
Vintage Mid-Century Single Pedestal Desk by George...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Chrome, Walnut
This Mid-Century Modern walnut desk was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the 1960s. It features a large floating desk top, two drawers (one file drawer, and chrome legs an...
Original George Nelson for Herman Miller Swag Leg ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Walnut
A round dining table from George Nelson’s coveted ‘Swag Leg’ group for Herman Miller. The white laminate tabletop expands, making it very rare, with a rectangular leaf insert, and is su...
Rare George Nelson Rosewood Porcelain Jewelry Ches...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Rare and early George Nelson for Herman Miller jewelry chest, circa early 1950s. This seldom seen example has rosewood drawer fronts, walnut sides and white laminate top. The pulls are ...
Pair of Nightstands in Dark Walnut by George Nelso...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Pair of nightstands in dark walnut by George Nelson for Herman Miller. One having a single compartment with an adjustable shelf, the other three drawers. Both on hairpin legs.
George Nelson Large Conference or Work Table for H...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Steel
George Nelson large conference or work table for Herman Miller.
George Nelson Cushioned Metal Bench with Stainless...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Fabric, Metal, Stainless Steel
George Nelson bench with stainless steel planter box, reupholstered in tangerine linen.
Petite Lacquered Side Cabinet by George Nelson for...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Lacquer
Petite lacquered side cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Two matching larger cabinets available.
Pair of George Nelson "Kite" Floor Lamps, circa 1960
Pair of George Nelson "Kite" Floor Lamps, circa 1960
Scout Living
Pair of George Nelson "Kite" Floor Lamps, circa 19...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel, Linen
Pair of early 1960s George Nelson "Kite" floor lamps. Lamp frames are steel and both lamps have their original linen shades, wood ball pull switches and pivoting heads.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet or Dresser...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Beautiful cabinet or dresser designed by George Nelson for his "Basic Cabinet Series" for Herman Miller, circa 1952. Walnut cabinet is accented with a patinated squiggle chrome pull and...
"Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
"Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
Archive 20th Century
"Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Aluminum, Walnut
"Thin Edge" chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
"Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
"Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
Archive 20th Century
"Thin Edge" Chest by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Aluminum, Walnut
"Thin Edge" chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Sideboard or Cabi...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Aluminum, Porcelain, Rosewood
This cabinet has four drawers, a single door revealing storage and a drawer, and two doors revealing two adjustable shelves and a pull-out serving/cutting board.
George Nelson Dining/Work Table
George Nelson Dining/Work Table
Fresh Kills
George Nelson Dining/Work Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Metal, Wood
Handsome and functional multipurpose table. Black enamel steel X-Base legs. White laminate top with inset black rubber bumper edge. With original Herman Miller sticker.
Rare George Nelson for Herman Miller Blonde Dining...
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rare George Nelson design dining table in blonde finish, for Herman Miller. This table extends with two retractable leaves. Length when open 82" - Closed 54".
George Nelson Planter Table, 1950s
George Nelson Planter Table, 1950s
Hildebrandt Studio
George Nelson Planter Table, 1950s
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Leather, Wood
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...
Early Version of the Rare Pretzel Chair by George ...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Beautifully kept early version of the Pretzel chair by George Nelson, designed in 1952.  
Cabinet on Slat Bench by George Nelson, 1950s
Cabinet on Slat Bench by George Nelson, 1950s
Hildebrandt Studio
Cabinet on Slat Bench by George Nelson, 1950s
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Metal, Wood
George Nelson designed wood slat bench and cabinet set, with a moveable cabinet featuring four drawers off to one side, and two doors opening to an interior storage compartment with one...
Slat Bench Designed by George Nelson for Herman Mi...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
The Classic slat bench designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1948. The top is maple slats with a rich patina and it is supported by two black sled legs. Very good original cond...
George Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 19...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Naugahyde, Plastic, Steel
George Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1960s Herman Miller The Lounge Chair Measurements in inches: 33 high x 42 wide x 32 deep x 13 seat height Materiality: original bl...
George Nelson Coffee Table With Extensions and Tra...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
George Nelson Table, 1949 Herman Miller Measurements in inches: 32 high x 19 wide x 20 deep Condition: excellent vintage, contact us for a full condition report Please contac...
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. ...
George Nelson 'Constellation' Electric Knife Sharp...
George Nelson
20th Century American More Antique and Vintage Finds
Plastic, Stone
George Nelson 'Constellation' Electric Knife Sharpener, 1955 Plastic, sharpening stone, tested and functioning Carvel Hall, Chas. D. Briddell. Inc. Measurements in inches: 3.25 hi...
 George Nelson Bench for Herman Miller
George Nelson Bench for Herman Miller
pghModern
George Nelson Bench for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple, Wood
Vintage bench designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.