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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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1950s 'Steel Frame' Desk Model 4111 by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A compact white steel frame desk with three blue enameled drawers and black laminate top. Model 4111 from the 'Steel Frame' line for Herman Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Action Office Desk for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nelson and Robert Propst action office desk for Herman Miller, oak tambour roll-top concealing multiple adjustable hanging file compartments with laminate wrighting surface, f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Model-4688 Lounge Chair with Ottoman for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant Modern lounge chair Model-4688 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the United States in 1946. This iconic lounge chair with its ottoman set is crafted with solid w...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Fabric, Foam

Coffee Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in London, GB
Simple and elegant coffee table designed by George Nelson in the 1960s for Herman Miller. This model has a white laminate top - with nicely chamfered edge revealing plywood layers...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Original George Nelson Coconut Chair, Vitra, Black Leather, White Shell, Chrome
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Kansas City, MO
Coconut lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, manufactured by Vitra. Black leather, white shell and chrome legs. Very good original condition.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

Oversized Pair George Nelson Chairs for Miller, circa 1965
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair George Nelson chairs for Miller, circa 1965 Stylish oversized chairs in petrol velvet with brushed steel feet. They are in good original condition with no major flaws an...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Desk Lamp by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Koch & Lowy
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Extraordinary articulating desk lamp by George Nelson and Daniel Lewis for Koch & Lowy.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Usa, Vintage Slat Bench, 1950s
By George Nelson
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nelson, original vintage "Slat" or "Platform" bench in birch over black legs. Designed in 1946 for Herman Miller, USA, as model no. 4692. This example was produced in the 1950...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

1960s Executive Desk Chair by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A George Nelson designed rolling desk chair with orange fabric supported by a swivel base with casters. Manufactured by George Nelson and Associates in the 1960s. Newly reupholstered.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson 'Action Office 1' Roll Top Desk for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, roll top desk no 64916, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, design 1953, production 1970s. This roll top desk is designed as...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Vitra Ball Clock in Cherry Wood & Brass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Miniature Coconut Chair in Black with Chrome Legs by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Plastic, Fiberglass

Vitra Eye Clock in Brass & Walnut by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Ball Clock in Orange by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Petal Clock in Black & Brass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Tripod Clock in Brass & Glass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Cone Clock in White & Black by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

Vitra Wheel Clock in Walnut & Aluminum by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Vitra Flock of Butterflies Clock in Aluminum by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Vitra Miniature Marshmallow Sofa in White by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Vitra Diamond Clock in Walnut by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Vitra Ball Clock in Beech Wood by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Ball Clock in Red by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Turbine Clock in Brass & Aluminum by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

Vitra Star Clock in Chrome & Brass by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Sunflower Clock in Black Ash & Brass by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Spindle Clock in Solid Walnut & Aluminum by George Nelson
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Drop-Leaf George Nelson Dining Table Gate Leg
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Houston, TX
Sculptural drop-leaf dining table with gate leg. The table was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller and is made from walnut.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Rare Ash George Nelson Action Office Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Extremely rare George Nelson for Herman Miller Action Office desk in all ashwood. I cannot find another example of this desk with the all wood sides complimenting the ash wood retrac...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

3-Seat Steel Frame Sofa, George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1960
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
Reason and feeling, steel and velvet. At the end of the 1950s the working world became modern: with the emergence of the service economy, more and more office workplaces were created...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Rosewood Server
By George Nelson
Located in Buchanan, MI
George Nelson rosewood server signed inside drawer, four drawers next to three doors, inside has pull-out shelf.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

Vitra Sunflower Clock in Birch Wood by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Vitra Sunburst Clock in Black & Brass by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life, circa 1950. Every...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Mid Century George Nelson Steel Frame Planter Bench for Herman Miller, 1960's
By George Nelson
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
George Nelson bench with stainless steel planter box, new tangerine linen upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Stainless Steel

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Cabinet on Original Slat Bench Midcentury
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This early Nelson thin edge piece by Herman Miller has beautifully figured rosewood case with a cabinet on the left side with an adjustable shelf and four drawers on the right. Drawe...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

George Nelson 'Comprehensive Storage System' Wall Unit
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, 'Comprehensive Storage System (CSS)' wall unit, steel and aluminum, and walnut, United States, 1960s. This storage system is designed by Nelson in...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

Rare George Nelson Model 4688 Club Lounge Chair
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Chicago, IL
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood, Fabric, Upholstery

George Nelson Multi-Color Credenza for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One of the most iconic modern credenzas by the famous American designer, Goerge Nelson, in collaboration with Herman Miller during the 1950s. Known as the Model-EOG for Executive Off...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

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 Walnut Thin Edge HiFi Media Cabinet, 1952
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
This Herman Miller cabinet was created in 1952. It is from the desirable thin-edge series and has a space for a single speaker, a flip open top for a turntable and a drop down compar...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Model 5751 George Nelson Cocktail Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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

George Nelson for Herman Miller DAF Swag Leg Armchair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful modernist armchair designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller. Model DAF swag leg chair. Signed and embossed with maker and designer marks. Chair is sturdy, co...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Plastic

George Nelson for Herman Miller Three-Drawer Wood Chest
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nelson for Herman Miller three-drawer wood chest, Mid-Century Modern.
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Mid-20th Century North American George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Wood Credenza
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nelson for Herman Miller Credenza, Mid-Century Modern, wood.
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Mid-20th Century North American George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet Chest in Book Match Walnut Grain
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
George Nelson for Herman Miller cabinet chest in book match walnut grain designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1950s. Iconic piece resulting from the collaboration of t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Herman Miller Walnut Planter Lamp Table Model 4634-L
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
Unique and rare Mid-Century Modern Model 4634-L side table with lamp and planters designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1940s. Featuring a handsome walnut case with a co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Five Drawers Square Shape Mid-Century Modern Walnut High Chest
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
Mid-Century Modern 5 drawers high chest dresser cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller in mint original condition.   
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Mid-20th Century American George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Coffee Table for Herman Miller Model 4652
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
George Nelson coffee table for Herman Miller, Model 4652. Extends to six feet by pulling out the concealed racks in each end. 18" pull-out on each side, removable flip trays. Bought...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Satinwood

Black Leather Coconut Chair by George Nelson for Vitra, 2003
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Geroge 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 George Nelson Furniture

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Leather

George Nelson Cube Group Lounge Chair Larson Fabric Original Red Birch 4774 M
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
George Nelson Cube Group lounge chair Larson fabric original red birch 4774 M.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

George Nelson for Herman Miller Living Room Set
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller living room set, 1960s, United States. Very Fine living room set by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Modular Sideboard Storage Unit Rare for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
1950s slat bench, desk chest of drawers, and bookcase. Wood, steel Herman Miller George Nelson An original 1950s Herman Miller set in very nice vintage condition, with a great pat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Hardwood

George Nelson Ebony Slat Bench or Coffee Table
By George Nelson
Located in Allentown, PA
Very early version of the iconic bench coffee table by one of the foremost designers of the era. Per the original owner, this table was purchased in New York City Show Room circa 194...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Birch

Original Oval Rattan 'Basket Clock' by George Nelson for Howard Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Irving Harper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Out of the 150+ designs created by George Nelson for Howard Miller, this Oval 'Basket' wall clock is one of the more rare editions. Small black circles mark the number positions arou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rattan

Woven Rattan 'Basket Clock' by George Nelson for Howard Miller, 1950s, Rare
By Irving Harper, George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Out of the 150+ designs created by George Nelson for Howard Miller, this 'Basket' wall clock is one of the more rare editions. Small black circles mark the number positions around th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rattan

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Black 'Asterisk' Wall Clock, circa 1960
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Irving Harper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Asterisk Clock by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller is a rare find and one of the more in-demand of his designs. The black steel face, mounted on a metal back, is free ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel, Brass

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Model 4756 'Steering Wheel' Wall Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Irving Harper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fantastic all-original collectible 'Steering Wheel' model #4756 wall clock was designed by Irving Harper, an associate at George Nelson's office, and manufactured by Howard Mill...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

Materials

Brass

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