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George Nelson Furniture

George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)
George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)

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. De Pree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller, 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.

Iconic Designs from George Nelson
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George Nelson Modular Seating Set for Herman Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson modular seating set for Herman Miller 1950s in very good original condition. Medium brown fabric. Foam is not hard. This Set includes a two seater with side table, two ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Fabric

Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960S
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Lasne, BE
Metal and wood desk, composed of a wooden flap that slides. Wear due to time and age of the desk. Missing crossbar that connects the 2 legs.  
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Midcentury George Nelson Hifi Cabinet Thin Edge for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this amazing Hifi cabinet designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Featuring walnut on the signature cast aluminum legs. Having one adjustable shelf on ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson, Herman Miller Modular Sofa System with Table & Drawer Chest, 1955
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Hamburg, DE
A Mid-Century Modern vintage high-end modular seating system, designed by Georg Nelson 1955 in US and produced by Herman Miller from 1956-1978, in an outstandingly beautiful, luxur...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Model 5751 George Nelson Cocktail Table
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in South Charleston, WV
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge model 5751 produced, circa 1960. Frame is polished steel coffee table. Tops and sides have been coated in black satin lacquer specifically d...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Early Tambour Roll-Top Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
Early tambour roll-top desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s in its original condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson "Half Nelson" Table Lamp Produced by Koch & Lowy, 1960s
By George Nelson, Koch & Lowy
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare table lamp in enameled metal / aluminum designed by George Nelson and produced by Koch & Lowy, USA in the 1960s. In good vintage condition with showing patina and some signs fro...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Midcentury George Nelson for Herman Miller Low Walnut Cabinet Credenza #5803
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Wonderful low cabinet by Herman Miller designed by George Nelson #5803. This beautiful dark walnut low credenza features 2x front original white sliding doors with 4 sections inside ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

1956 George Nelson for Herman Miller Rare Black Frame Cabinet
By George Nelson
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
The Black Frame series, part of the Executive Office Group, was a line of luxurious office and home furnishings. In production for approximately five years, few examples are known. T...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Thin Edge Double Dresser, Chest, Santos Palisander, Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George Nelson thin edge double dresser, chest, Santos Palisander, Herman Miller. George Nelson’s thin edge collection (1952) was first called the rosewood case series. Manufactur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Palisander

Action Office 1 'AO1' Storage Unit, George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
Action Office 1 (AO1) storage unit no. 64915, George Nelson for Herman Miller. Freestanding shelf, which is composed of several components: the base with the self-leveling glides, a ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut chest of drawers with aluminum pulls. Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1950s Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut chest of drawers with aluminum pulls. Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1950s Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Nightstands by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of walnut nightstands with aluminum handles. Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1950s Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

4 George Nelson & Charles Eames DAF Chairs for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Exceptionally original examples. Rare collaboration between Charles Eames and George Nelson for Herman Miller. George Nelson DAF chair designed for the La Fonda base by Charles Eames...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Modular Sofa Set by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of a 3 seater sofa and 1 armchair. Armchair dimensions: H: 70cm L: 76cm P: 76cm. Wear due to time and age of the chair. Seat height 38cm.
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Platform Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, ca. 1955
By George Nelson
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Platform bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, ca. 1955. Beautifully restored in the original black color, this timeless and elegant bench is stunning in person and could also be...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

Vitra Coconut Chair by George Nelson in Black Leather, 2003
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by George Nelson in 1955, the Coconut chair has become a design Classic. Constructed with a white glass fibre reinforced plastic shell, the chair is upholstere...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Leather

1960s Walnut and Leather Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s walnut and leather desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Executed in walnut with leather lift top (with key) covering center filing compartment, which illuminates and contai...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge Three Drawer Dresser, Beech Wood
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge three drawer dresser, beech wood. George Nelson’s thin edge collection (1952) was first called the rosewood case series. Manufactured tod...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Thin Edge Chest Cabinet, Walnut, Right Side, Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George Nelson thin edge chest cabinet, walnut, right side, Herman Miller Fine line — Aptly named, the thin edge chest cabinet combines five wide drawers with soft-closing slides a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Thin Edge Cabinet for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design "Thin Edge" rosewood cabinet for Herman Miller. Comprising two doors and four drawers in very good original condition, labeled. Missing the adjustable single s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

George Nelson Sideboard Teak Veneer Enamelled Metal United States 1960
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Milano, IT
Sideboard with sliding doors and drawers, enamelled metal, teak veneered wood top.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, Refinished
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern bookcase cabinet By George Nelson for Herman Miller USA, 1950s Primavera wood, with aluminum trim, sliding glass doors, and steel hairpin l...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Bar Cabinet, Newly Refinished
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern compact credenza, record cabinet, or bar cabinet By George Nelson for Herman Miller USA, 1950s Primavera wood, with original aluminum legs ...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge Double Dresser, Chest Drawers, Walnut
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge double dresser, chest drawers, walnut. George Nelson’s thin edge collection (1952) was first called the rosewood case series. Manufactured t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Custom George Nelson Office Hutch for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A rare Nelson walnut office styled hutch with work surface, two upper storage bins with caned flip up doors and three lower drawers and three lower files drawers. Custom made for the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Amazing Thin Edge Sideboard by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
Wonderful mirrored rosewood veneer.
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge Double Dresser, Chest of Drawers, Ash
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge double dresser, chest of drawers, ash. George Nelson’s thin edge collection (1952) was first called the rosewood case series. Manufactured t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Ash

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century 2 Door Media Cabinet
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century 2 door media cabinet Media cabinet is: 40 wide x 18.5 deep x 39.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson for Howard Miller 4759 Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An early Howard Miller clock by George Nelson. It is model 4759 and is running order. It came to us with a plug attached to the back for a direct plug into the wall. We added a cord ...
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1940s American Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Pair of George Nelson Swag Leg Tables
By George Nelson
Located in St. Louis, MO
Newer production swag leg end tables by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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21st Century and Contemporary George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Charles Pollack for Knoll Orange Tweed Executive Chair w/ Height Tension Knob
By Charles Pollock, Knoll, George Nelson
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
7 chairs available. Each sold separately Vintage 1979 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their burnt orange upholstery, a perfect mid-centur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Modern Spike Sunburst Brass Clock 1960s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in National City, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern brass wall clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Brass spike starburst sunburst design modern exaggerated original arms The USA, circa 1960s. Dimens...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' Desk
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early George Nelson Action Office 1 desk in original condition with minor wear. George Nelson for Herman Miller, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, design 1953.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Vintage Charles Pollack for Knoll Black Leather Executive Chairs
By Charles Pollock, George Nelson, Knoll
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Pair of vintage 1972 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their original black leather upholstery. The leather is in miraculous condition for it...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Stainless Steel

George Nelson Thin Edge Rosewood Cabinet, Herman Miller Label, 1950's
By George Nelson
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nelson for Herman Miller , USA circa 1955 a Thin Edge cabinet in rarely seen format of 2 drawers over 2 doors . Upper drawer with dividers and label . Rosewood veneers are bo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

George Nelson 4-Drawer 'Basic Group' Dresser
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Hudson, NY
For Herman Miller, Primavera wood chest of drawers with ebonized wood legs and aluminum pulls, c. 1950. Retains aluminum foil manufacturers label.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Mahogany

1950s George Nelson Swag Leg Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Swag leg desk, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Colorful cubbyholes and molded drawers allow for a tidy and streamlined workspace. Our early example is in very g...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Modular Cabinet
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern cabinet set on slat bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Mahogany

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Cabinet Model 5723 for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates Thin Edge ten drawer cabinet Herman Miller Rosewood veneer, aluminum, enameled metal Large ten drawer cabinet featuring rare George Nelson pull. Original...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Thin Edge Teak Five-Drawer Dresser
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful design by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Five-drawer teak chest on aluminium legs with black enameled pulls. Has drawer separate compartment dividers which can be taken out.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Teak

George Nelson Model 5215 Rosewood Jewelry Chest with Miniature Legs, USA 1955
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson's jewelry chests have always been a desired item. This particular model is in wonderful condition with the added appeal of having the miniature legs that are rarely fou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Wood Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA, 1950s Primavera wood, with black lacquered feet and original a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Walnut Thin Edge Credenza
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
Walnut thin edge two-door cabinet with drawers. Tapering stainless steel handles and square stainless steel legs. Designed by George Nelson in 1952 and manufactured by Herman Miller....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Stainless Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' Roll Top Desk
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' rolltop desk George Nelson for Herman Miller, roll top desk model 64916, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson "Omni" Wall-Mounted Walnut Modular Desk Unit, USA
By George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
Desk element designed by George Nelson. Originally offered as an option to the OMNI wall unit (circa 1960s), the desk is constructed of walnut and chrome steel with a stunning "flat ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson Cigar Tripod Bubble Lamps for Howard Miller Vintage, Pair
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of George Nelson designed bubble lamps for Howard Miller. Both are original tabletop models from the 1960s with the tripod base. Acquired from an architect's estate. Origin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson 3 Bay Wall Unit Shelves Cabinets
By George Nelson
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a beautiful, three bay wall unit, with several compartments and shelfs, circa 1960s. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions are 97" W x 18" D x 86" ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson Black ‘Platform’ Bench or Side Table
By George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson, ‘platform’ bench, black lacquered wood, United States, design 1946. The ‘platform’ bench was part of the first collection that Georg Nelson designed for Herman Miller...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson Thin Edge Rosewood Nightstands
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge nightstands. Book matched rosewood veneers with porcelain pulls and tapered aluminum legs. Rare examples of the iconic series. White...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson Thin Edge Rosewood Dresser
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Pawtucket, RI
George Nelson for Herman Miller ten-drawer thin edge dresser. bookmatched rosewood veneers with porcelain pulls and tapered aluminum legs. Rare example of the iconic series. White me...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson, Modular Sofa and Table Seating System, 1966 for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s, United States. Very fine Modular §seater sofa by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with square chro...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Rare George Nelson Herman Miller BCS Vanity, Set
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Rare black lacquer and primavera case version of George Nelson's seminal BCS series for Herman Miller. Early 1950s production with silver paper label. Exquisite primavera veneer on a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

Rare George Nelson Tall BCS Dresser by Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Rare George Nelson designed black front dresser in primavera case from Herman Millers early modern BCS (Basic Cabinet Series) line. Beautiful primavera grain shimmers and the Classic...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson Desk in Rosewood from Herman Miller 1960s United States
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Tuscany, IT
George Nelson designer writing desk in rose wood legs in Stel from Hermann Miller Production 1960s United States.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Pedestal Coffee Table for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a George Nelson design pedestal coffee table for Herman Miller. Tapered legs rise up to a single polished aluminum column, which holds the large black round laminat...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Vintage Walnut Basic Cabinet Series Dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern BCS dresser chest model no. 4621 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in walnut circa 1950s. This piece offers plenty of storage including five dovetailed d...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome, Steel

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