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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George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table by Herman Miller
George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table by Her...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
A Nelson platform bench or coffee table with natural birch wood slat top and black ebony finished legs. Perfect for the end of the bed, entrance way or living space, manufactured by ...
Rare George Nelson Bronze Group Cocktail Table
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 1960s. This limited production example has patinated solid bronze X legs with a beautifully grained Brazi...
George Nelson Sofa for Herman Miller
George Nelson Sofa for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Stainless Steel, Upholstery, Oak
Iconic Mid-Century sofa designed by George Nelson. Generous three-seat with solid oak side table attached. New upholstery. Wood refinished. Steel legs and frame. Very solid construct...
Rare George Nelson Herman Miller Thin Edge Chest
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 ...
George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser
George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Chrome, Wood
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge dresser.
Set of Six George Nelson for Herman Miller Teak Dining Chairs
Set of Six George Nelson for Herman Miller Teak...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Teak
George Nelson for Herman Miller teak and upholstered dining chairs. We also have the matching dining table, please inquire for details. All items are viewable at our Downtown Los Ang...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Pedestal Side Table, White Top Aluminum Legs
George Nelson for Herman Miller Pedestal Side T...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Aluminum, Laminate, Wood
Designed for Herman Miller by George Nelson in the 1950s. Swag leg pedestal aluminum base with white laminate top on warm wood. Herman Miller tag on bottom. This piece is circa 1970'...
Early George Nelson Slat Platform Bench/ Table by Herman Miller
Early George Nelson Slat Platform Bench/ Table ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Birch
Introduced in 1946, the slat platform bench was one of Nelson's first designs for Herman Miller after becoming their design director. Intended to serve as a table, a seat, or a base ...
George Nelson Dresser/Storage Cabinet on Modular Group Platform, Rare Version
George Nelson Dresser/Storage Cabinet on Modula...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Steel, Laminate, Teak
George Nelson for Herman Miller cabinet with attached table. Rare T pulls. Four drawers and one door with adjustable shelf. The teak cabinet and white laminate table attache to the s...
George Nelson “Half-Nelson” Chrome Reflector La...
Koch & Lowy, George Nelson
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Chrome
Iconic “Half-Nelson” reflector lamp designed by George Nelson for Koch & Lowy in the United States in 1977. Initially created in the 1950 s, this lamp design wasn’t reproduced until ...
George Nelson Holzzylinder Nickel Desk Lamp wit...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
George Nelson Holzzylinder Walnut Veneer Reading Desk Lamp. Featuring an adjustable, Walnut veneer canister shade with Off White enameled interior, Nickel-Plated tubular Aluminium st...
George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Sideboard or C...
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 Thin-Edge Credenza by Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Aluminum, Steel, Walnut
We have had many Nelson case goods over the years, and this one is unquestionably our favorite. While the thin-edge group is usually seen in rosewood, this example is clad in beautif...
George Nelson Adjustable Tray Table by Herman M...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Steel, Wood
This rare early design by George Nelson is incredibly versatile. The model 4950 tray table has a molded plywood top of calico ash which is 15" square and adjusts from 19" to 33" in h...
George Nelson Home Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Leather, Walnut
Walnut with original custom white leather writing surface and sliding floating doors, small drawers in maple. Storage and drop down typing table with original perforated aluminum fil...
George Nelson Dining Table
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Metal
Clean lined midcentury dining table, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, American, circa 1960s. This piece is currently being refinished and will look incredible when it is ...
George Nelson Chest for Herman Miller Model 551...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Metal
George Nelson vertical chest of drawers commode for Herman Miller model 5517 sideboard 1952 The solid wood Nelson miniature chest, inspired by Japanese design, provides lots of wonde...
Pair of Steel-Framed Night Tables Model #4051 b...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Night Stands
Steel, Chrome
An architectural pair of nightstand side tables from the steel frame series with walnut drawer fronts and lower shelf, white laminated top and green lacquered sides, black enameled s...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Cabin...
George Nelson, Herman Miller
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Metal
George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera four-drawer dresser, credenza or cabinet Four drawers with metal pulls, two divided drawers, and left side cabinet with two shelves, black ...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Five-Drawer Dre...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Metal
George Nelson for Herman Miller five-drawer, chest of drawers in walnut with original metal pulls. The upper drawer has dividers with the foil label bearing the George Nelson-Herman ...
Exceptional Rare Custom Rosewood Executive Cred...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Steel, Chrome, Rosewood, Lacquer
George Nelson, Herman Miller custom piece circa 1974 Rosewood top with black lacquer frame Rosewood, walnut, chrome, steel Measure: 26.75 tall by 18.5 deep and 74.15 inches wide....
George Nelson China Cabinet and Hutch for Herma...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
George Nelson China cabinet and hutch for herman miller in walnut with metal hairpin legs.
George Nelson Cast Iron Fire Starter
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron
Mid-Century Modern, cast iron, fire starter by George Nelson for Howard Miller.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Credenza
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Chrome, Walnut, Laminate
Handsome George Nelson credenza designed in 1952 for Herman Miller. Walnut, stainless steel and black laminate.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Rosewood Thin E...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge chest cabinet.
George Nelson Credenza for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
A walnut credenza with sliding door five drawers to the inside, small door to the right with a shelve and storage and a door on the end with the same. Complemented by brushed stainle...
George Nelson Coconut Chair and Ottoman
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
Leather chair and ottoman with metal base.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Pedestal Side T...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Aluminum, Laminate, Maple
Classic Mid-Century Modern round end table first designed by George Nelson in 1954. It features a white laminate top with maple edge and a white powder-coated aluminium base with sel...
George Nelson for Howard Miller Vintage Modern ...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks
Wood
Iconic, vintage modern multicolor atomic ball clock designed by George Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Company, 1949. This clock is a wall plug in variety and is in great working ...
George Nelson Rare High Back Chair
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome, Leather, Steel, Upholstery
George Nelson rare high back chair 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. Tu...
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Table or Desk ...
Howard Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks
Wood
An uncommonly seen table clock designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller clock company. The clock is constructed of solid painted wood with nailhead markers. In excellent condition...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Rosewood Thin E...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Porcelain, Rosewood
Stunning rosewood George Nelson vintage thin edge two door chest for Herman Miller in excellent condition.
Mid-Century Modern Bleached Mahogany Three-Draw...
George Nelson
20th Century American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Mahogany
This beautiful blonde bleached mahogany desk with a tubular metal frame is equipped with a flip down extension. Three left hand drawers with the iconic cupcake handles makes the Geor...
Early Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Mill...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Early Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller X-leg dining table. Perfect patina on this dining or kitchen table that can be extended from 54" to 90" by internal leave...
Mid-Century George Nelson Thin Edge Side Table ...
George Nelson, Herman Miller
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal
Mid-Century George Nelson thin edge side table or nightstand for Herman Miller. Wonderful example is original vintage condition. Retains label inside of drawer. Walnut.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
This unique George Nelson for Herman Miller cabinet features vintage two-tone lacquer with a complimentary mix of blood orange and black. Mid-Century Modern design is showcased with ...
Mid-Century Modern Clock in the Style of George...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Oak
Rare unit featuring a Nelson style ball clock, storage cubby, and open rack plank on side. The artistic statement of this George Nelson style grandfather clock makes an impressive ad...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Steel Frame Din...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Chestnut
Mid-Century Modern dining table by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a steel H frame base with chestnut top.
Large George Nelson Bubble Sphere Pendant Light
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel, Fiberglass
Original, 1950s, George Nelson for Herman Miller pendant light features an impressively oversized fiberglass sphere shade with steel frame and canopy. The pendant emits a warm glow a...
Set of Four Black Painted Chairs Designed by Ge...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Beautiful set of black painted armchairs upholstered in vintage fabric by George Nelson.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet Dresser...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Chrome, Wood
*NOTE* For all items from this dealer, please click VIEW ALL FROM SELLER below on this page. Designed by George Nelson, this dresser or credenza was part of Herman Miller's collecti...
Early George Nelson Thin Line Ebonized Cabinet ...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Early 1950s two-door cabinet from the thin-line line designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Single adjustable inner shelf. Wire pulls and legs. Completely original with no d...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Ebonized Thin E...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Rare early version from George Nelson's ‘Thin Edge’ line for Herman Miller. Eight drawers with wire pulls. Thin wire legs. Metal designer/manufacturer tag inside top drawer. Compl...
Early 1950s George Nelson for Herman Miller Ebo...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches
An original early version of a Herman Miller ebonized platform bench designed by George Nelson. Original black finish and metal tag on underside. Solid with no damage or repairs.
George Nelson Sofa
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Metal
8ft sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Model 0693, modular sofa. A Classic Nelson design. Newly upholstered in low pile velvet on brushed stainless steel frame.  
George Nelson Dining Table
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Dining table / desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. White laminate top with aluminium base.
Rare Modern Walnut Square Dining Table by Georg...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American American Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Walnut
This dining table was 1 of 12 specially designed by George Nelson for Kansas State University Culinary School. These were the tables used for serving meals. They were always dressed ...
Thin Edge Bed by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Metal
For your consideration is an original George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge full size bed. The cane is in very good condition with the white metal frame showing wear from normal ...
Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Cab...
George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Metal
Wonderful example of the Herman Miller modular system designed by George Nelson. This piece features the rare sliding door cabinet with adjustable shelves. In original unrestored con...
George Nelson Thin Edge Eames Stereo Cabinet Cr...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Designer: George Nelson / Eames Manufacture: Herman Miller Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: US Date: 1950s This incredibly rare piece has been carefully refinished...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Sofa and Lovese...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Upholstery
George Nelson for Herman Miller sofa and loveseat upholstered in Alexander Girard black and white plaid fabric. Aluminum dowel legs with a single fold down paddle arm. The two uphols...
George Nelson Steel Frame Bench for Herman Mill...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Metal
George Nelson bench with stainless steel planter box, brand new tangerine linen upholstery. Gorgeous!
Rare George Nelson Model 4688 Club Lounge Chair
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Fabric, Upholstery, Wood
Rare model 4688 easy chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Designed in 1946 this lounge chair was produced from 1946-1955 by Herman Miller. The chair has been restored and the le...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Coconut Chair a...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Aluminum, Leather
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 inche...
Pair of George Nelson Four-Drawer Dressers or C...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Excellent pair of George Nelson four-drawer cabinets. All original finish and aluminum pulls. Can be used as dressers, nightstands, or side tables. Exceptional original condition.
George Nelson Benches Architect Owned
Herman Miller, George Nelson
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Two George Nelson benches from the estate of renowned Cleveland architect Robert Little. Price is per bench.
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Mil...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Midcentury George Nelson for Herman Miller tallboy dresser with six drawers, part of the basic storage components that George Nelson designed for Herman Miller in 1952. Topmost drawe...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Highboy Dresser
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
Offering a very nice newly restored George Nelson highboy dresser for Herman Miller. The dresser has six smooth sliding drawer offering varying sizes. The base of the chest has nice ...
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