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George Nelson Furniture

American, 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. 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.

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Creator: George Nelson
Dealer: DeAngelis
George Nelson Thin Edge Group dresser for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design Thin Edge Group dresser for Herman Miller. Sophisticated looking and very functional as a daily dresser. Comprising four smaller drawers across the top and three...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson rosewood Thin Edge chest or dresser for Herman Miller, U.S.A. Exceptional rosewood grain patterns throughout just ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design "Thin Edge" dresser for Herman Miller Model 5221, U.S.A. Eight drawers that graduate in size from top to bottom and operate effortlessly. Polished aluminum spinn...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design rosewood "Thin Edge" chest or dresser for Herman Miller, U.S.A. Exceptional rosewood grain patterns throughout the case and drawer fronts with new spinning top a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson Thin Edge Group eight drawer dresser for Herman Miller. Made with high quality construction and detail in Brazilian rosewood and oak with drawer dividers to help with ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Rosewood Thin Edge Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design rosewood thin edge tall chest for Herman Miller. Featuring five drawers, two with fitted dividers on aluminum legs and original...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Thin Edge Rosewood Nightstand
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design "Thin Edge" series nightstand for Herman Miller. Made from highly figural rosewood on tapering aluminum legs with a white lacquer cubby and an adjustable shelf. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

George Nelson Rosewood "Thin Edge" Chests
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of original grain matched George Nelson design rosewood "Thin Edge" chests for Herman Miller. Very good original condition, labeled.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

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George Nelson Thin Edge Credenza Sideboard for Herman Miller
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George Nelson for Herman Miller 4-Drawer Thin Edge Cabinet with Rare Pulls
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Midcentury George Nelson Three Drawer Cabinet for Herman Miller
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Gorgeous BCS chest of drawers in original brown ash designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This is a very early version with plated metal pulls not aluminum and unusual finished back. This versatile unit is a perfect small dresser, nightstand, or end table. George Nelson, Alexander Girard, and Charles and Ray Eames headed the Herman Miller department for many ground breaking...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller "Primavera" Mahogany Four Drawer Dresser, 1950's
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Bainbridge, NY
George Nelson for Herman Miller "Basic Series" and or "Primavera" Four Drawer Mahogany Dresser, circa 1955. The rectangular paneled Mahogany Cabinet, Dresser features four drawers wi...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge Rosewood 8 Drawer Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
An 8 drawer dresser designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, in Brazilian rosewood with its original white porcelain pulls and classic Thin Edge aluminum legs. The front drawers ...
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Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser
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Dresser by George Nelson, circa 1950. This stunning piece boasts ebonized drawer fronts, maple casings, and unique circular pulls. A sleek mid-century design that makes the perfect a...
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Midcentury George Nelson Herman Miller Walnut Dresser Credenza
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George Nelson for Herman Miller 5 Drawer Mid-Century Modern Dresser, circa 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Denville, NJ
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Steel Frame Dresser by George Nelson Associates, 1950s
By George Nelson
Located in 성동구, KR
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Rosewood Thin Edge Bookshelf by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Hamburg, PA
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George Nelson Jewelry Cabinet for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
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George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
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George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
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George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
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George Nelson Thin Edge teak dresser for Herman Miller. Newly refinished with porcelain pulls and tapering cast aluminum legs. Four drawers with easy ac...
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George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
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George Nelson Thin Edge Cabinet for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
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George Nelson Thin Edge Tall Chest of Drawers for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
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George Nelson Dressers for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of George Nelson design for Herman Miller dressers. From his acclaimed basic cabinet series these have been newly repainted with all original hardware, labeled.
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H 29.5 in W 34 in D 18.5 in
George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design rosewood "Thin" edge dresser for Herman Miller. Perfectly refinished and ready to enjoy.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Geore Nelson Rosewood "Thin Edge" Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson rosewood "Thin Edge" eight drawer dresser for Herman Miller. Perfectly refinished and ready to enjoy, labeled.
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  • Geore Nelson Rosewood "Thin Edge" Dresser
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  • Geore Nelson Rosewood "Thin Edge" Dresser
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H 31 in W 46.58 in D 18.5 in
George Nelson Thin Edge Rosewood Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson design for Herman Miller "Thin Edge" eight-drawer dresser. Perfectly refinished rosewood with vibrant grain patterns throughout and original porcelain pulls.
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H 31.25 in W 46.5 in D 18.25 in

George Nelson furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

George Nelson furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Nelson furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by George Nelson were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Drexel, Widdicomb Furniture Co., and John Widdicomb. Prices for George Nelson furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $155 and can go as high as $48,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,411.
Questions About George Nelson Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    George Nelson was a furniture designer central to the mid-century modern design movement. His best-known creations are the marshmallow sofa, coconut chair, ball clock and bubble lamp series. His style included sleek, thin-edge lines on a variety of furniture still available today. Shop a range of George Nelson furniture designs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    George Nelson was an American designer, and for a time the lead designer for the famed Herman Miller furniture company. Nelson is often referred to as the founder of American modernist design and often associated with his more inspired pieces such as the Coconut Chair, Marshmallow Sofa and the Ball Clock. Shop a collection of George Nelson furniture designs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Modern George Nelson clocks are made in Poland. The company Vitra Designs manufactures the timepieces based on the original designs of the American designer who lived from 1908 to 1986. On 1stDibs, you can shop a selection of George Nelson clocks.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    George Nelson Bubble Lamps are made of steel wires, which form a durable framework for the lamp. A plastic polymer material spread over the wires forms the shade which is translucent to give the lamp a soft glow. Inspired by Swedish lamps, these mid-century modern light fixtures are still made by the legendary furniture manufacturer Herman Miller today. Shop a range of George Nelson Bubble Lamps on 1stDibs.

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