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George Nelson Seating

American, 1908-1986
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
Mid-Century Modern Brown Leather Coconut Chair by George Nelson for Vitra
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The Coconut chair was designed in 1955 by the American architect, industrial designer, author, editor and teacher George Nelson. Obviously he took his inspiration from a coconut that...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Pair of Ebonized Slat Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Rovereta, SM
Pair of this iconic slat bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller can serve as either seating or as a coffee table.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Wood

George Nelson for Herman Miller Pair of Armchairs
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
George Nelson pair of armchairs. Blond maple construction with curving arms that wrap around the back. Very comfortable and ample seat size. Sold as a pair. Looks like they were reup...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Upholstery, Maple

George Nelson Rare High Back Chair
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in San Francisco, CA
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome, Steel

Charles Pollock for Knoll Red Tweed Executive Chairs w/ Height Tension Knob
By George Nelson, Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Sold as a pair The red tweed looks both original and in very good condition. Both chairs have been professionally steam-cleaned and the color is now bright and even. The chrome ed...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Stainless Steel

Set 4 George Nelson, 1st Year Production Daf Swag Leg Dining Chair / Fiberglass
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare set of four swag legged dining chairs designed in 1958 by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Only produced in fiberglass for a few years, cream colored fiberglass on a s...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Set of Four Paddle Armchairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of four armchairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller in black aniline leather. Original Herman Miller circle tag present to underside as shown.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome

1950s Rare George Nelson Associates Arbuck Table Stool Wire Grid Iron Patio
By George Nelson, Arbuck
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Extremely Rare Three Leg Round Design. Can be used with a glass top as show and included as a table, or with a cushion as a stool, however, there is no cushion included. It was only ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Iron

Pair of George Nelson 5681 Loose Cushion Group Lounge Chairs US 1960s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of George Nelson Loose Cushion Group lounge chairs US 1960s Original Condition with hardened foam. We recommend to reupholster.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Fabric

George Nelson Vanity Stool for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
Vanity stool with a bent aluminum frame and fabric seat designed by George Nelson & Associates in 1948 and produced by Herman Miller circa 1950's. A scarce item in the Herman Miller ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Aluminum

George Nelson Prototype DAF Chair for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early per production prototype fiberglass arm shell or DAF chair designed by George Nelson. This chair came directly from a engineer working for the Herman Miller company in Zeela...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Fiberglass

George Nelson & Associates Sling Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Made by: Herman Miller, USA, 1963 Material: leather, chrome-plated steel, rubber Size: 112 W × 32 D × 29 H in The luxurious model 6833 Sling sofa was produced in three sizes...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

4 George Nelson & Charles Eames DAF Chairs for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Exceptionally original examples. Rare collaboration between Charles Eames and George Nelson for Herman Miller. George Nelson DAF chair designed for the La Fonda base by Charles Eames...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Aluminum

George Nelson Platform Bench
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
George Nelson platform bench for Herman Miller, Michigan. Bench measures 72.5" wide, 18.5" deep and 14" high. Bench has been professionally refinished.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood

George Nelson Perch Designer's Stool
By Robert Propst, George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Classic George Nelson / Robert Probst design was introduced in 1964 as part of Herman Miller's Action Office series. Unique slimline seat and armrest allow for multiple seating posit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Aluminum

Dining or Desk Chair by Ernest Farmer for George Nelson and Associates
By Herman Miller, Ernest Farmer, George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
A rare birch dining or desk chair by Ernest Farmer of George Nelson and Associates for Herman Miller. Professional reupholstery available at pass-through cost.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Upholstery, Birch

Open-Arm Ebonized Lounge Chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, this rare armchair, model 4774, features an open ebonized birch frame. Its strong rectangular lines contrast with the angled cushioning o...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Upholstery, Birch

"Pretzel Chair" by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson pretzel chair manufactured for Herman Miller. Model # 5890. Beautiful example in excellent original condition.
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Mid-20th Century George Nelson Seating

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Wood

Charles Pollock for Knoll Blue Velvet Executive Chairs w/ Height Tension Knob
By Charles Pollock, Knoll, George Nelson
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Sold as a pair I don't think there could be a cooler color / fabric combination Pollock chair in existence. The blue velour looks both original and in exceptional condition. The c...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Stainless Steel

Early George Nelson by Herman Miller Green Leather Classic Coconut Lounge Chairs
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Early George Nelson for Herman Miller green leather original coconut lounge chairs. Featuring new Leather upholstery in rich Forest Green. Mid-Century Modern...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal, Chrome

Very Early Rare George Nelson Chairs for Herman Miller Model # 4671
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of rare and early production upholstered George Nelson chairs with sculptural satin aluminum tube frames and screw in foot pads . Manufactured by the Herman Miller Furniture c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Upholstery

Vintage 1950's George Nelson for Herman Miller, Model 4774 Armchairs, a Pair
By George Nelson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, these rarely seen armchairs, model 4774, feature an open rectilinear frame in ebonized birch and a deeply comfortable upholstered seat an...
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1950s Saint Pierre and Miquelon Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood

Iconic George Nelson ‘Coconut’ Lounge Chair
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson, ‘Coconut’ lounge chair, fiberglass, leather upholstery, steel, United States, designed 1955, recent production The ‘Coconut’ lounge chair is one of George Nelson’s ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Rare and Exclusive Loose Cushion Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
By george nelson. ultra soft high qualitily leather with nice and worm patina. down filled cushions.
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1960s American Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Leather

George Nelson for Herman Miller DAA Swag Leg Chair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare original swag leg chair, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Sculptural form with a sleek, futuristic character. Borrowing from the iconic Eames design, the seat is mad...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Fiberglass

Rare George Nelson Steel Frame Single Seat Chair for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A rare single seat Nelson steel frame series chair with satin white metal base and turquoise Naugahyde cushions. Rubber and metal adjustable foot pads to the bottom manufactured by t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Living Room Set
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller living room set, United States, 1960s. Very fine living room set by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with square chrome-p...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Rare Pair of Catenary Chairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare pair of Catenary chairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller in original black leather.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome

George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Set of Sofas and Side Table
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, sofa model ‘5671’, side table, fabric, metal, designed in 1955 and produced in 1956-78. This wonderful set is designed by the renowned American f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

Vintage Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Coconut Chair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is the iconic Coconut chair, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1956, this eye catching conversation piece measures 40.5 W x 31 D x 32 H Seat Heigh...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Marshmallow Sofa for George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in San Antonio, TX
Rare classic Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Marshmallow sofa. Each round cushion reminiscent of a marshmallow is a barstool seat mounted on a metal disc frame creating an overall g...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Metal

George Nelson Bentwood Settee
By George Nelson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare form manufactured by Herman Miller. The dining chair model #4663 that proceeded this design first appeared in the 1940s and was present in company catalogs into the early 19...
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Birch

George Nelson Mid Century Bench with 2 Drawer Box
By George Nelson
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nelson mid century bench with 2 drawer box This bench measures: 48 wide x 19 deep x 14 inches high The 2 drawer box measures: 16 wide x 18.5 deep x 18.5 inches high The c...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

6 Teak Dining Chairs by Svegards Markaryd, Sweden
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A great set of 6 solid teak ladder back dining chairs by Svegards Markaryd. Chairs are burnt marked Svegards Markaryd made in Sweden. Priced per chair. Multiples of 2 may be purcha...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Teak

Museum Quality Early Marshmallow Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
Early marshmallow sofa model 5670 designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1956. This is an early excellent (One of the best) examples of an Iconic Classic modern design. A...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Cabinet and Bench
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern storage cabinet set on a refinished black slat bench. Cabinet can be removed or re-positioned on bench, adjustable shelf, metal door pulls. Cabinet: 34"w 18.5"d 24...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood

George Nelson for Herman Miller Set of 4 Side Chairs
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
George Nelson set of 4 side chairs. Caned backs in good shape with Maple Frame construction. Some finish is a little worn as seen in photos. Upholstery is probably 15 years old and i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Upholstery, Cane, Maple

Long Platform Bench, Model 4993, by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by George Nelson in 1946 as part of his inaugural collection for Herman Miller, the Platform Bench was intended to serve variously as seating, as a low table, or as a base f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Birch

Vintage 1940s George Nelson Side Chair for Herman Miller Model 4671
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a vintage George Nelson side chair For Herman Miller it's a Model 4671, first designed in 1948.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

George Nelson Vanity Stool
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic model 4672 vanity stool designed by George Nelson. Plush rectangular seat gracefully perched on a brushed aluminum base. Minimal design and compact size makes it an attractiv...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Bouclé

4 Mid-Century Modern Walnut Armchairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of four armchairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller in a cubist style. Created from walnut with a drop in seat cushion and a upholstered back. In excellent vintage cond...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

Modular Seating System Table Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1955
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munster, NRW
In 1955 George Nelson developed the „Modular Seating System“, including sofas, benches, sideboards and tables, interchangeable, based on steel frames. This table bench is a quite...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson Coconut Armchair for Vitra
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in Vienna, AT
The armchair was designed by George Nelson for Vitra in 1955. The coconut chair is an icon of the design of the 1950s and is still a cult today. With clear shapes and reduced mate...
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Early 2000s Swiss Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Plastic, Bouclé

George Nelson Long Slat Bench Black Finish Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern 1950
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
Original George Nelson early long slat bench in ebonized Birch Wood designed in the 1950s and manufactured by Herman Miller. Great for a Hallway Bench where Kids can change Shoes an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Wood, Birch

George Nelson for Herman Miller Sofa in Off-White Fabric
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, sofa, metal, fabric upholstery, United States, 1960s Very fine sofa by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame wi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

George Nelson Stool for Herman Miller
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson stool for Herman Miller Early Vitra label.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Aluminum

Early Coconut Chair and Ottoman by George Nelson 1955 Brown Suede
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
An Icon of Modern Design, Early Production Coconut chair & Ottoman by George Nelson for Herman Miller 1955. Chair has the original paint to the shell with new foam and suede leather ...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Sheet Metal

Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller DAF Swag Leg Chairs
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare original swag leg chair, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Sculptural form with a sleek, futuristic character. Borrowing from the iconic Eames design, the seat is mad...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Fiberglass

Herman Miller George Nelson Modular Seating Cognac Natural Leather Sofa
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This living room set model modular sofa was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This set was completely re -upholstered in high premium cognac Natural leather. It has a soft...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Steel, Chrome

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 orange linen upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Vintage Design Nelson Swivel Pedestal Stool for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage Design Nelson Swivel Pedestal Stool for Herman Miller, 1960s Stool from the Pedestal series by George Nelson, with cover in playful orange vinyl. Nice and compact seat tha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Metal

Vintage Design Nelson Swivel Pedestal Stool for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage Design Nelson Swivel Pedestal Stool for Herman Miller, 1960s Stool from the Pedestal series by George Nelson, with cover in playful orange vinyl. Nice and compact seat tha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Metal

Early and Rare George Nelson Pretzel Chair, 1952 Sculpture
By George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Wonderful sculptural side chair. Pretzel designed in 1952 by George Nelson, amazing original finish and patina.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Plywood

Modern Sleek Sofa Chrome Legs Early George Nelson for Herman Miller 1950s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
Sofa Sleek Modern Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, early label design 1950s Dimensions: 27 1/2" H x 90" W x 30" D, Seat 15 1/2" Sofa with original brown upholstery (new uphol...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome

George Nelson Bench or Stool
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Nelson for Herman Miller bench or vanity stool, model 4698 Solid black lacquer legs with ergonomic curved seat reupholstered with great plains boucle.   
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood, Upholstery

Museum Quality Early Coconut Chair & Ottoman by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
Early coconut chair and ottoman designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa 1955. This iconic Classic was acquired from the private collection of the original owner and is in ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson Black ‘Platform’ Bench or Side Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson, ‘platform’ bench, black lacquered wood, United States, design 1946. The ‘platform’ bench was part of the first collection that George Nelson designed for Herman Mil...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood

Early and Rare Pretzel Chair by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
only a few where made of the 1.edition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Plywood

George Nelson seating for sale on 1stDibs

George Nelson seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Nelson seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 100 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seats by George Nelson were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Arthur Umanoff, Craft Associates and Florence Knoll. Prices for George Nelson seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $625 and tops out at $37,200, while pieces like these can sell for $4,200 on average.

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