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George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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
American Mid-Century Modern Solid Iron Modernist Set of Fireplace Tools
By George Nelson
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid iron fire tools set in black enameled finish with a nice patina in original condition. polished chrome handles can be used indoors or outdoors.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

George Nelson for Arbuck Wrought Iron Patio Side Tables
By Arbuck, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of elegant, tiered, wrought iron side tables by George Nelson For Arbuck feature travertine tops that lay within the frames and mesh bottom tiers at 14 inches height.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Travertine, Wrought Iron

Irving Harper Fire Starter by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson, Irving Harper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Irving Harper under George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller c. 1950s, USA. The footed cast iron pot features a coiled-handle and white firing stone that shows minimal ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Walnut Side Table with Planters by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Dorchester, MA
George Nelson designed this uniquely functional side table, model 4745, for Herman Miller. Constructed of walnut with ebonized block legs, it houses two square copper planting boxes...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Copper, Chrome

George Nelson Cast Iron Fire Starter
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, cast iron, fire starter by George Nelson for Howard Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Cape Cod Firelighter Irving Harper George Nelson Fire Starter Cast Iron Tool McM
By Irving Harper, George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Presented to you in original patina, a cast iron pot, and coil-handled shaft with firing stone. A famous Industrial Design midcentury icon; the Cape Cod firelighter, Model H611, desi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

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Set of Mid-Century Modern Nelson Style Iron and Glass Tables by Frank and Son
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George III Steel Fire Dogs
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
An antique pair of George III steel fire dogs. These steel fire dogs have front supports shaped like short tongs with urn and baluster finials.
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George Nelson for Herman Miller Lamp and Planter Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Garnerville, NY
Model 4634-L George Nelson for Herman Miller leather top lamp and planter table. Signed with foil label in drawer, George Nelson design, Herman Miller, ...
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George Nelson Style Five Piece Brass & Black Cast Iron Fire Tool Set with Stand
By George Nelson
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pilgrim Manufacturing Tool Utensil Set in Cast Iron and Brass, Circa 1970. Featuring a heavy 5 piece tool set with 4 matte Black enameled wrought iron and brass handled tools. With ...
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Steel Fire Pit Chiminea Outdoor Fireplace by Koby Knoll Click
By Koby Knoll Click
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Not your normal chiminea or fireplace. This high design, raw steel sculptural piece will make a statement in any outdoor space. Functionally, it is perfect on that cold evening, but ...
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2010s American Modern George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron Animal Fire Screen by Atelier Marolles, France, 1955
By Atelier Marolles
Located in Den Haag, NL
Wrought iron animal fire screen by Atelier Marolles, France, 1955. Very decorative and useful piece with dense mesh against the sparks.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Building and Garden Elements

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Antique Tile Top Wrought Iron Base Garden Patio Sunroom Table
By Catalina Pottery, Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Charming garden, patio, occasional, side, end table having a wrought iron base and a top comprised of four scenic tiles. The table is in good estate condition, the base is in later,...
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George Nelson Pedestal Side Table for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A simple and elegant pedestal side table with round top having a natural thin wood trim detail to the edge and cast meat star base . The base with foot pads to protect your floors ha...
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Pedestal Side Coffee 5452 Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
The famous coffee table designed by George Nelson in 1960 for Herman Miller. White pedestal base, white tabletop. Signed!
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Reclaimed 19th Century Cast Iron Fire Basket
Located in Manchester, GB
Reclaimed 19th century Victorian cast iron dog grate with unusual hanging brass finals of claw foot holding a ball, circa 1878. For detailed sizes please see final image.
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Diminutive Garden Patio Side Table Att. to Salterini
By Salterini, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
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American Mid-Century Modern Solid Iron Modernist Set of Fireplace Tools
By George Nelson
Located in San Diego, CA
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Iron

Pair of George Nelson & Associates Andirons
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
Pair of modern American George Nelson and Associates wrought iron andirons of "X" shape form, model H601. Dimensions: 13" H x 16" W x 7" D. Material: Iron. Condition: Wear c...
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Set of Four Iron Rod Outdoor Chairs by George Nelson for Arbuck, 1950s
By Arbuck, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
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'H612' Hinged Fire Screen by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern hinged fire screen designed by George Nelson. This uncommon 'H612' tapered enameled steel wire-cloth fire screen hinges open for fire tending. Manufactured in th...
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Arbuck Nelson Wrought Iron Glass Top Coffee Table
By Arbuck, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
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Vintage George Nelson Firestarter by Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Washington, DC
Excellent example of George Nelson designed firestarter. Made of cast iron by Howard Miller of Zeeland, Michigan.
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Early Modernist George Nelson Tambour Roll Top Desk, 1964
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early modernist George Nelson roll top desk. Purchased from prominent Buffalo New York architect, retains original cream lacquer wood finis...
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Fireplace Set by Irving Harper / George Nelson Assoc. for Howard Miller, 1951
By Howard Miller, George Nelson, Irving Harper
Located in Houston, TX
Irving Harper / George Nelson Assoc. for Howard Miller USA, 1951 Fireplace tool set and stand, including poker, hearth broom, and shovel w/ birchwood handles. Measure: 33.5 ...
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Mid-Century George Nelson for Arbuck Iron Rod Outdoor Set of Four Chairs
By George Nelson, Arbuck
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rarely seen set of four George Nelson & Associate designed armchairs for Arbuck Inc. produced only in 1951-1952.
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Set of Three George Nelson Chairs for Arbuck
By George Nelson, Arbuck
Located in New York, NY
Set of three wrought iron outdoor chairs designed by George Nelson and produced by Arbuck for a brief period in 1951-1952, and so rare to the market. The front legs and backrest are ...
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George Nelson for Howard Miller Fireplace Log Holder or Log Rack
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare George Nelson log holder. Iron frame with new custom canvass sling made to the specifications of the original design. The frame is origin...
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George Nelson Three-Piece Fireplace Set with Andirons, Log Rack and Fire Starter
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Houston, TX
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George Nelson building and garden elements for sale on 1stDibs.

George Nelson building and garden elements 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 building and garden elements, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original building and garden elements by George Nelson were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider building and garden elements by Curtis Jeré, Danny Ho Fong, and Shaver Howard. Prices for George Nelson building and garden elements can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $950 and can go as high as $4,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,200.
Questions About George Nelson Building and Garden Elements
  • 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 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 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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