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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Four-Bay "Omni" Shelving System by George Nelson, ...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Aluminum, Bakelite, Glass, Walnut
Incredible four-bay Omni unit includes five support bars, three plain shelves, an additional shelve has built-in bookends. Unit has two cabinets with a pair of doors, one set of drawers...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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"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.
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"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.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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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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.  
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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...
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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...
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Coconut Lounge Chair and Ottoman by George Nelson,...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Naugahyde, Plastic, Steel
A unique, museum quality, coconut lounge chair and ottoman pairing designed by George Nelson and made by Herman Miller. Lounge chair dimensions: 33" high x 42" wide x 32" deep, 13" ...
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Herman Miller Coffee Table Model 4652 Designed by ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Coffee table with primavera top and ebonized legs designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller in 1949, original model number 4652. Manufacturer's foil label present, very go...
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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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Constellation Electric Knife Sharpener by George N...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American More Antique and Vintage Finds
Plastic, Stone
George Nelson. "Constellation" Electric Knife Sharpener. Designed 1955. Plastic, sharpening stone. Tested and functioning. Carvel Hall. Chas. D. Briddell. Inc. Retains Carvel Hal...
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 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.
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George Nelson Thin Edge Cabinet in Walnut
Idealforms
George Nelson Thin Edge Cabinet in Walnut
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Aluminum, Walnut
Beautiful George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge sideboard / credenza. Early example with brushed aluminum legs and porcelain handles. Label intact.
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George Nelson Beehive Chandelier
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Chandeliers and Pendants
Acrylic, Wrought Iron
Hexagonal Pyramid metal shade with acryilic diffuser.
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George Nelson Modular Sofa Herman Miller, 1963
Mass Modern Design
George Nelson Modular Sofa Herman Miller, 1963
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Metal
Very nice leather sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, United States, 1963. This sofa has a metal frame with square chrome plated legs, the seats are in black leather and i...
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Pair of George Nelson Cabinets for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Walnut
Pair of George Nelson walnut cabinets for Herman Miller, each cabinet has one shelf.
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George Nelson Modular Sofa and Tables Herman Miller, 1963
Mass Modern Design
George Nelson Modular Sofa and Tables Herman Mille...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Metal
Very nice leather sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, United States, 1963. This sofa has a metal frame with square chrome plated legs, the seat is in black leather and in ...
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Teak Coffee Table 4652 by George Nelson, Herman Miller
Adore Modern
Teak Coffee Table 4652 by George Nelson, Herman Mi...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Expandable teak coffee table designed by George Nelson, produced by Herman Miller. The table features a drawer and a removable formica tablet.  
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George Nelson Rosewood Server
Thomas Jolly Antiques
George Nelson Rosewood Server
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Rosewood
George Nelson rosewood server signed inside drawer, four drawers next to three doors, inside has pull-out shelf.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Steel Frame Chest ...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chrome, Steel, Wood
Classic Nelson series 4000 steel frame case for Herman Miller. Original label partially intact. Two drawers with original chrome pulls in iconic HM orange with glass top/shelf.
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George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
Space 20th Century Modern
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Formica, Stainless Steel, Walnut
Walnut and light grey formica style desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Three large file drawers and one small drawer.
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Pair of Bedside Tables by George Nelson for Herman...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Steel, Wood
Original pair of bedside tables with ebonized legs and steel pulls by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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Rare George Nelson Illuminated Vanity Model 4660 w...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vanities
Cane, Faux Leather, Glass, Lacquer, Mirror, Steel, Wood
Rare and early Illuminated vanity (model 4660) with original mirror by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Retains original leather pulls to cabinet doors, interior wood trays and original...
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George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller with Open Cre...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Formica, Stainless Steel, Walnut
Executive desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller with return and light grey formica style top. Desk sits on steel tubular legs. Six drawers and cabinet with shelf for storage. Desk...
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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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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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Ebony George Nelson Dresser for Herman Miller
Space 20th Century Modern
Ebony George Nelson Dresser for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Metal, Wood
Ebony dresser from Herman Miller. Designed by George Nelson. Four drawers and single door cabinet with shelf.
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Set of Six George Nelson Style Shell/Swag Chairs f...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Fiberglass, Metal
A set of six George Nelson Shell/Swag chairs mounted on a brown metal vertical wind mill style base. The chairs are from 1969 and retain the original upholstery (Showing wear on arms an...
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Ball Clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller
Howard Miller, Irving Harper, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Brass, Metal
The Ball Clock, by George Nelson for Howard Miller, is one of his most iconic clock designs, originally designed and produced in the 1940s. This fine example, with 12 black balls on...
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Three-Piece George Nelson Cabinetry Display Case U...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Two small chests support the glass front display unit, vitrine. This versatile set can be used as shown, or separated into two dressers and a long glass display case. Selling three piec...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Small Chest Cabine...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Cabinets
Great storage cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller.  It is in great condition with little wear consistent with age,  maintains original labels.      
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George Nelson CSS Wall Unit
Home Anthology, Inc.
George Nelson CSS Wall Unit
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Metal, Wood
The comprehensive storage system, better known as the CSS, was originally designed by George Nelson in the 1950s. This four-bay system consists of a drop-front desk, three drawers, a sl...
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Ebonized Buffet or Credenza with Aluminum Pulls by...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
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 o...
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Comprehensive Storage System 'CSS' by George Nelso...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Manufactured by Herman Miller. Consisting of: Four aluminum poles with two crossbars each. One drop down desk. One record holder for LP's. One slotted cabinet. Six shelves. Walnu...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Cabinet an...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Mid-Century Modern storage cabinet set on a refinished black slat bench. Cabinet can be removed or re-positioned on bench, adjustable shelf, metal door pulls. (Please confirm item lo...
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Lacquered Cabinet by George Nelson for Herman MillerOn Hold
Lawson-Fenning
Lacquered Cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Mill...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Lacquered cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Matching dresser available as well.
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George Nelson Steel Frame Side Chair, 1950s
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Rattan, Steel, Wood
Rare steel frame side chair with rattan seat designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1950s.
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1950s George Nelson Sunburst Wall Clock
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Gorgeous sunburst wall clock designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Co., circa 1949. The clock plugs in, has enameled hands, and is in excellent vintage condit...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Executive Double P...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Chrome, Lacquer, Stainless Steel, Wood
Bold and commanding, the George Nelson executive series desks combine functionality coupled with modernist lines for a timeless look. Produced in the late 1950s-early 1960s this vint...
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George Nelson Coffee Table
Home Anthology, Inc.
George Nelson Coffee Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Wood
Originally designed in the 1950s, this George Nelson coffee table is both simple and elegant. A large wooden top sits upon a matte chrome base.
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1950 George Nelson Ten-Drawer Thin-Edge Walnut Dre...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dressers
Metal, Walnut
Freshly restored with new finish. Original black-coated pulls. The legs are wood. There is a steel support along bottom of chest for support. The piece has the original silver label. Pr...
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George Nelson Thin Edge Free-Floating Display Cabi...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Cabinets
Glass, Wood
This George Nelson Thin Edge cabinet has one door and two sliding glass doors. It is designed to free-float on a wall. This is a wonderful companion piece to our George Nelson Thin ...
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