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George Nelson Furniture

George Nelson (USA, 1908-1986)

Architect, designer, and writer, George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

     Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. Depree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

     There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the “Marshmallow” sofa, the “Coconut” chair, the “Ball” clock, the “Bubble” lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek “Thin-Edge” line.

     For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication —and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

Read more about George Nelson in Introspective Magazine

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George Nelson Bronze Series Teak Coffee Table for ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Teak
Designer: George Nelson Manufacturer: Herman Miller Period/Model: Mid Century Modern Specs: Bronze, Teak condition: This rare George Neson bronze series coffee table is in very good ...
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George Nelson "Thin Edge" King-Size Bed
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George Nelson "Thin Edge" King-Size Bed
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
George Nelson design for Herman Miller "Thin Edge" series king-size bed. New upholstered grey leather headboards, labelled.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Thin Edge' Rosewo...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Rosewood
This rosewood cabinet was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the 1950s as part of the 'Thin Edge' series. This rarely seen example features two cabinet doors which open to r...
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Rare George Nelson Bronze Group Cocktail Table
Red Modern Furniture
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Rare George Nelson Bronze Group Cocktail Table
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rare George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Bronze Group' coffee table circa late 1960's. This limited production example has patinated solid bronze x legs with a beautifully grained Brazilia...
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George Nelson Model 4753 Drop Leaf Desk with Rare ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Walnut
This lightly scaled desk is perfect for reading, writing, working on a laptop or tablet. The drop leaf extension offers additional workspace when needed and visual interest with it's fi...
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Vintage George Nelson for Herman Miller Bench
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Nice vintage 6-foot example of this Classic design from George Nelson for Herman Miller with all-original finish. This bench or coffee table is being purposefully offered in as-found co...
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Nelson X-Base Table
Chris Houston dba Modern Artifacts
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Nelson X-Base Table
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Nickel, Walnut
George Nelson 1950 X-base dining or writing table design for Herman Miller. This is not a vintage example. Nor is it a Herman Miller production. It was built using a prototype base fa...
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Set of four chairs by George Nelson for Arbuck
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Iron
These rare chairs are from a small group of outdoor furniture designed by Nelson in 1951. We offer reasonable blanket wrap shipping throughout the Continental U.S.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Table with Lazy Su...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Enamel, Laminate
Wonderful dining table by George Nelson for Herman Miller, late 1950s. White laminate top is a equipped with a built in "Lazy Susan" for dining with ease. White enameled base is in exce...
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Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Three-Draw...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
This is an iconic pair of mid century modern chests designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Black frame, yellow drawer fronts and dark green sides and backs. Sturdy and in very g...
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1950s George Nelson Steel Frame Bench for Herman M...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Benches
George Nelson Steel frame Bench circa 1950s steel, walnut, wool upholstery Excellent condition $2500 This bench is modular. The cushions and table can be re-ordered in any configuratio...
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1950s George Nelson Long Slat Bench
Neven + Neven Moderne
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1950s George Nelson Long Slat Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Lacquer, Wood
Excellent bench! Restored. Natural top, black lacquer legs. Some slight staining on inside edges of slats, but not all that noticeable.
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George Nelson Hairpin Leg Dresser
Azalea Modern
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George Nelson Hairpin Leg Dresser
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
George Nelson Hairpin Leg Dresser
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Very Rare Herman Miller Design by George Nelson Ro...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Rosewood
Very Rare Herman Miller design George Nelson Executive Desk Rosewood
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George Nelson Herman Miller Secretary Chest
Red Modern Furniture
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George Nelson Herman Miller Secretary Chest
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Secretaires
Metal, Wood
George Nelson For Herman Miller Primavera chest, circa 1947. This beautiful example is done in walnut and ebonized walnut and has a drop down walnut front with ebonized interior drawers...
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Thin Edge Ten-Drawer Rosewood Dresser by George Ne...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Ceramic, Rosewood
This beautiful chest of drawers features a stunning rosewood grain. One divided drawer. With original legs and porcelain pulls. No chips or damage to the pulls.
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Thin Edge Eight-Drawer Rosewood Dresser by George ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers...
Aluminum, Ceramic, Rosewood
This beautiful chest of drawers features a stunning rosewood grain. With original legs and porcelain pulls. No chips or damage to the pulls.
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George Nelson Ball Clock for Howard Miller
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s Clocks
In good working order, very clean original "Ball Clock," circa 1950s. With brushed brass face and blond wood balls.
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Vintage Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Dre...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Wood
A timeless modernist design. Walnut with steel M pulls. It has been refinished.
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Limited Edition Multicolor George Nelson, Herman M...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Upholstery
Limited edition. No longer in production George Nelson multicolor Marshmallow sofa. Manufactured by Herman Miller. Dimensions: 52" W | 26" D | 31" H | seat: 16" H.
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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 for Herm...
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George Nelson Two-Bay CSS Herman Miller, 1959
Bright Lyons
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George Nelson Two-Bay CSS Herman Miller, 1959
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
Aluminum, Walnut
Wall-mount 2 Bay CSS, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, walnut shelves an cabinets with glass doors.
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George Nelson for Howard Miller Grandfather Clock
Motley
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George Nelson for Howard Miller Grandfather Clock
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Brass, Lucite, Oak
This is a George Nelson floor clock for Howard Miller Clock Company, model number 622. Solid oak case concealing lucite front and cover for all brass works, weights and pendulum. Chimes...
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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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Mid-Century Modern Walnut, Four-Drawer Bachelor Dr...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Very nice Mid-Century Modern walnut chest possibly designed by George Nelson.
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Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Twi...
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Pair of very nice classic 1950s George Nelson headboards. This pair can make a nice daybed.
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George Nelson Four-Drawer Dresser for Herman Mille...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Four-Drawer Dresser designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Maple with J pulls.
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Modern Desk Designed by George Nelson for Herman M...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Steel, Walnut, Wood
Modern "Steel Frame" Model Desk, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1950's. It retains it's warm original patina. The sides and backs retain their original charcoal grey...
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George Nelson Pair of Chest Drawers
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George Nelson Pair of Chest Drawers
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany, Rosewood, Steel
Pair of chest drawers designed by George Nelson in 1960 for an Italian company 3V , exceptional quality of material : rosewood for the drawers and mahogany for the frame , the steel fee...
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George Nelson For Herman Miller Desk And Credenza
Metro Retro Furniture / MCM Furniture
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George Nelson For Herman Miller Desk And Credenza
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Credenzas
Laminate, Walnut
A mid century modern desk and credenza designed by George Nelson and made by Herman Miller. The walnut credenza with multiple drawers and compartments for storage. The desk with walnu...
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A Classic George Nelson Half-Nelson Lamp With Adju...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
A classic George Nelson/Koch Lowy table lamp, in polished aluminum. Adjustable shades allows to control the angle of light.
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George Nelson | Herman Miller early Swag Leg Chair
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George Nelson | Herman Miller early Swag Leg Chair...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Fiberglass
George Nelson | Swag leg chair - 1 of 4 early fiberglass Edition by Herman Miller very nice condition with 4 small cushion holes...
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George Nelson Steel Frame Chest for Herman Miller
The Swanky Abode
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George Nelson Steel Frame Chest for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Steel, Glass, Walnut
Designer: George Nelson. Manufacturer: Herman Miller. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Enameled metal, glass, walnut. Condition: This George Nelson steel frame chest for...
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George Nelson Roll-Top Desk
Worrell Smith Gallery
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George Nelson Roll-Top Desk
George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks
George Nelson for Herman Miller Roll Top Action desk. The piece features a natural bright tambour roll top above a cast aluminum base frame with two action drawers and storage at the b...
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Pair of Modern Chests Designed by George Nelson fo...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Laminate, Steel, Walnut, Wood
Pair of Modern "Steel Frame" Model Chests, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1950s. They retain their warm original patina. The sides and backs retain their original ch...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge Cabinet
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge Cabinet.
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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.
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George Nelson "DAF" Armchair, circa 1958
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George Nelson "DAF" Armchair, circa 1958
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal, Fiberglass
"DAF" swag leg armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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Authentic purple vinyl George Nelson Marshmallow s...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Steel, Upholstery
George Nelson for Herman Miller Marshmallow Sofa. Purple vinyl. These are often confused with leather. Virtually impossible to tell from leather without a leather one next to it. Mo...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Marshmallow Sofa. ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Steel, Upholstery
Authentic Red vinyl George Nelson Marshmallow sofa in excellent condition.
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George Nelson Occasional Table for Herman Miller, ...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Side Table with Micarta Top and wood trim on Aluminum Swag Leg base, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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Early George Nelson Platform Bench for Herman Mill...
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Benches
Maple, Steel
An early example of a slatted bench designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Three sets of steel legs with stretchers provide support. Partial Herman Miller tag remains. In origi...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Early Swag Leg Cha...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Fiberglass
George Nelson, Swag leg chair - One of four early fiberglass Edition by Herman Miller very nice condition with four small cushion holes...
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Modular System Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller
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Modular System Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Mi...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Sofas
Very beautiful Three Seater Sofa with table by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1963. Very good condition, newly reupholstered with high quality fabric in grey. We have a matching Tw...
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George Nelson Chest of Drawers Sideboard for Herma...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chrome, Walnut
A George Nelson chest of drawers for Herman Miller in walnut veneer and chrome legs. This chest has eight drawers with chrome pulls. The top has some marks but in overall very good cond...
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George Nelson Thin Edge Sideboard, Herman Miller c...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Aluminum, Walnut
1950's Thin-Edge credenza by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Fully restored. Walnut case with new spun aluminum pulls. Early Herman Miller foil label inside drawer.
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George Nelson Day Bed
DeAngelis
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George Nelson Day Bed
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Day Beds
George Nelson design day bed for Herman Miller. Solid birch blonde framework in very good vintage condition supported by desirable aluminum hair pin legs. Newly upholstered cushion a...
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Coconut Lounge Chair and Ottoman by George Nelson,...
Herman Miller, George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s 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, mid-late 1950s production. Lounge Chair Dimensions: 33" high x 4...
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Planter Table by George Nelson
Hildebrandt Studio
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Planter Table by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
Side table in walnut and leather designed by George Nelson and made by Herman Miller, 1950s, two compartments featuring copper plant boxes and a drawer marked with manufacturer's foil l...
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George Nelson Pair of Steel Frame Dressers with Or...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Chrome, Laminate, Steel, Wood
Original drawer paint, front and sides. All handles and feet. Metal frame has been repainted. Interiors have some staining, but have been clear coated. Laminate tops very clean with som...
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George Nelson Dresser and Vanity Set in PrimaveraOn Hold
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George Nelson Dresser and Vanity Set in Primavera
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
A most sophisticated edition of George Nelson's dressers and vanity grouping for Herman Miller, here in blond & lustrous Primavera wood and black lacquer. Featuring a three drawer comm...
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George Nelson Rosewood "Thin Edge" Chest of Drawers
House of Blu
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George Nelson Rosewood "Thin Edge" Chest of Drawer...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Aluminum, Rosewood
George Nelson rosewood "Thin Edge" chest of drawers. Rare and Beautiful Grain in the Rosewood Ten-drawer dresser, with sculptural white aluminum and ceramic pulls and elegant turned al...
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Thin Edge Credenza by George Nelson
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Thin Edge Credenza by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Rosewood credenza with four drawers, and three doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves and open storage space. Aluminum tapering legs. Retains label. Made by Herman Miller.
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George Nelson Steel Frame Case
CONVERSO
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George Nelson Steel Frame Case
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Masonite, Metal
Nelson for Herman Miller Steel frame Cabinet-Pill-out drawer with dividers and lower open display section.
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Cabinet by George Nelson
Spazio 900
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Cabinet by George Nelson
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Cabinet by George Nelson produced by Hermann Miller.
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George Nelson White Oak Cabinet for Herman Miller,...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Oak
George Nelson for Herman Miller solid white oak cabinet featuring five drawers and single door, which reveals two adjustable shelves. Several drawers are compartmentalized and the top d...
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George Nelson Custom Walnut 'Steel Frame' Coffee T...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Steel, Walnut
Stunning solid walnut steel frame coffee table designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa1950s. This was a custom order back in the 1950s. Can be used as a coffee table or a ben...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Walnut
Nice vintage drop-leaf gate leg dining table by George Nelson. Nice vivid walnut wood grain.
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Nelson Case Study Daybed, Herman Miller
Post Modern Home
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Nelson Case Study Daybed, Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Early 2000s Day Beds
George Nelson designed an early version of this daybed for his own use in 1941. This version, with cushions and a backrest, resembles a cross between bed and sofa. Produced by Herman Mi...
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Rare Fire Screen by George Nelson
Continuum 20th Century Design
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Rare Fire Screen by George Nelson
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney...
A rare fireplace screen designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller and distributed by Richards Morgenthau (Raymor). Number H612 firescreen from the Howard Miller fireplace equipment ca...
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