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George Nelson Seating

George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)
George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)

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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George Nelson, Herman Miller Modular Sofa System with Table & Drawer Chest, 1955
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Hamburg, DE
A Mid-Century Modern vintage high-end modular seating system, designed by Georg Nelson 1955 in US and produced by Herman Miller from 1956-1978, in an outstandingly beautiful, luxur...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson Modular Seating Set for Herman Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson modular seating set for Herman Miller 1950s in very good original condition. Medium brown fabric. Foam is not hard. This Set includes a two seater with side table, two ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Fabric

4 George Nelson & Charles Eames DAF Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Herman Miller
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

Modular Sofa Set by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of a 3 seater sofa and 1 armchair. Armchair dimensions: H: 70cm L: 76cm P: 76cm. Wear due to time and age of the chair. Seat height 38cm.
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

Platform Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, ca. 1955
By George Nelson
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Platform bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, ca. 1955. Beautifully restored in the original black color, this timeless and elegant bench is stunning in person and could also be...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Birch

Vitra Coconut Chair by George Nelson in Black Leather, 2003
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by George 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 Modern George Nelson Seating

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Leather

Charles Pollack for Knoll Orange Tweed Executive Chair w/ Height Tension Knob
By George Nelson, Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
7 chairs available. Each sold separately Vintage 1979 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their burnt orange upholstery, a perfect mid-centur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Vintage Charles Pollack for Knoll Black Leather Executive Chairs
By George Nelson, Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Pair of vintage 1972 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their original black leather upholstery. The leather is in miraculous condition for it...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Stainless Steel

George Nelson Black ‘Platform’ Bench or Side Table
By George Nelson
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 Georg Nelson designed for Herman Miller...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood

George Nelson, Modular Sofa and Table Seating System, 1966 for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s, United States. Very fine Modular §seater sofa by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with square chro...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel, Chrome

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

Vintage 92 1/2” George Nelson Platform Bench
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
The second longest bench length ever produced by Herman Miller, this iconic platform bench designed by George Nelson will make a statement. Excellent vintage condition. Early George ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Birch

Dining or Desk Chair by Ernest Farmer for George Nelson and Associates
By Ernest Farmer, George Nelson, Herman Miller
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

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 MAA Chairs
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
An extremely rare pair of swan leg chairs in fiberglass with chromed base by Herman Miller. The advanced design of the mechanism on outside allows the backrest to move freely form th...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson Modular Sectional Sofa and Chair by Herman Miller, USA, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson modular sectional sofa and chair by Herman Miller, USA, 1960s Fabric is a plum colored velvet and the frame is chrome. The fabric shows some wear. The size of the arm...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome

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 Slat Bench in Maple by Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous slat bench designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Herman Miller. Maple slats atop black wood frame constructing the perfect bench or coffee table for your home. The t...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Maple

Authentic George Nelson Coconut Chair for Vitra. Black Leather, White Shell.
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Kansas City, MO
Coconut lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1955. Herman Miller produced the chair from 1956 to 1964. Herman Miller has historically been late to the mid ce...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Chrome

Black Leather Coconut Chair by George Nelson for Vitra, 2003
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by George Nelson in 1955, the Coconut chair has become a design Classic. Constructed with a white glass fibre reinforced plastic shell, the chair is upholstered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French George Nelson Seating

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Leather

George Nelson for Herman Miller Three-Seat Sofa in Brown Leather, Model 5683
By George Nelson
Located in Den Haag, NL
George Nelson designed for Herman Miller in 1955, three-seat sofa in brown/caramel leather, model 5683 Loose cushion sofa. Original brown/caramel leather, cushions with down filli...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

Pair of Herman Miller Perchs Designed by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this pair of George Nelson Perchs, includes Herman Miller original label, circa 1980. About the Perch: Designed in 1964 as part of the flexible, open, action office pr...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Aluminum

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 Seating

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Herman Miller Slat Bench by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Iconic clean lined modern bench, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This slat bench is constructed from natural solid maple and black lacquered wood base.
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Early 2000s North American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Maple

Early George Nelson Coconut Lounge Chairs Rich Green Leather Herman Miller 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: a pair of first edition George Nelson coconut chairs by Herman Miller featuring a metal shell with chrome-plated legs. New upholstery in a cozy dark forest g...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal, Chrome

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

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 Seating

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Metal

Office Swag Leg Chair DAA by George Nelson vor Herman Miller, 1958
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munster, NRW
The „swag leg chair“ by George Nelson dates back to 1958 – but would still be a perfect fit in any science fiction movie today. The innovative design resulted from nelson’s demands f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

Modern Vintage Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, Chrome Legs 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Midcentury Modern Sleek 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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome

Upholstered Armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a maple frame with upholstered seat and back.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Fabric, Maple

Lounge Chair MAA, Charles Pollock/George Nelson Associates, Herman Miller, 1958
By Herman Miller, George Nelson, Charles Pollock
Located in Munster, NRW
The MAA is the lounge chair version of the Swag leg chair series. Designed by Charles Pollock for George Nelsons Associates in 1954, this chair was only produced from 1958-1964. It i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

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

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Steel

George Nelson & Associates Sling Sofa, 1960s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates Sling sofa model 6832 Herman Miller USA, 1963 leather, chrome-plated steel, rubber Measures: 87 W x 32 D x 29 H inches literature George Nelso...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Chrome, Steel

Early Contract Bench System, Model 5993 by George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
Early contract bench system, model 5993, designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Herman Miller in USA. Consisting of two seats and one table element - can be placed individuall...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Set of Swaged Leg Dining Table and 4 Chairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
Stunning and rare set of a square swaged leg dining table - made of walnut and chrome steel. And four swaged Leg arm chairs, model MAF - made of fiberglass, enameled steel, rubber, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Midcentury George Nelson Cubist Lounge Chair Model 4774
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this George Nelson designed armchair Model 4774. This very Cubist design was manufactured by Herman Miller during the 1950s. Featuring solid birch wood with...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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

Perch Stools by George Nelson and Robert Propst
By George Nelson
Located in Dronten, NL
Perch stool, drafting chair designed by George Nelson and Robert Propst. Black leather, chrome base. Vitra edition. Provenance; the German Bank for Doctors and Pharmacists. Priced...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Aluminum, Steel

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

Eight George Nelson for Herman Miller Teak Dining Chairs
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of eight George Nelson for Herman Miller teak and nubby wool upholstered dining chairs. Pair of armchairs with six side chairs. Slightly tilted elliptical back cushion with lower...
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1960s American Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Teak, Upholstery

George Nelson & Associates Large '4492' Bench in Birch
By George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller, slat bench model 4492, birch and lacquered wood, United States, 1946. The Slat Bench was part of the first collection that George Nelso...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Birch, Wood

1950s Dining Chairs by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early dining chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller, having tubular zinc-plated frames with floating upholstered seats and backs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson White Lacquer and Walnut Upholstered Armchair
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Early and rare George Nelson Associates designed #5080 steel framed armchair for Herman Miller. This example has been restored with white lacquered steel frame, walnut arms and a str...
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Cotton, Upholstery

Restored George Nelson Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
Sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Newly upholstered in a ticking striped fabric with chrome legs. Measures: 81".               
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Fabric

Four Swag Leg Chairs by George Nelson, Model DAF, 1958, Original Beige and Black
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Kansas City, MO
Fine and rare set of four George Nelson & Associates Model DAF chairs commonly referred to as "Swag Leg" chairs. Manufactured by Herman Miller in molded fiberglass and enameled steel...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

Set of 6 Early George Nelson for Herman Miller Dining Chairs
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Tucson, AZ
Set of 6 George Nelson for Herman Miller dining chairs, two armchairs and four cane back side chairs. New caning and upholstery and foam for side chairs. New upholstery for two arm ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Cane, Hardwood

George Nelson 6380 'Catenary' Easy Chair in Black Leather
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller, 'Catenary' lounge chair model 6380, steel and leather, United States, 1962.   Model 6380 or the Catenary chair by George Nelson & Associ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

1950s Coconut Lounge Chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An excellent example of Nelson's iconic coconut lounge chair, with its original brick-red leather upholstery on splayed, chromed steel legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson Catenary Chair for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare Catenary chair in original leather designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1960s Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Leather

George Nelson Coconut Chair in Alexander Girard Minicheck
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic coconut chair designed by George Nelson. A low-slung lounge profile with spacious seat for superior comfort. Triangular fiberglass shell rests on architectural brushed-steel t...
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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 Steel Frame Sofa / Loveseat for Herman Miller '2'
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Nelson designed sofa / loveseat with two turquoise Naugahyde wood framed seats with satin white metal frame having metal and rubber foot pads. This modular designed seating system ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Metal

George Nelson Steel Frame Sofa - Loveseat by Herman Miller ( 1 )
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Nelson designed steel framed love seat - sofa lounge unit with white metal frame , Rubber and metal foot pads and two turquoise Naugahyde seats . A classic design that is still fre...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Steel

George Nelson 5476 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller Restored and in Fuchsia Fabric
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome vintage Mid-Century Modern 5476 lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. It is in wonderful restored condition having been refinished and reupholstered. It ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet or Credenza on Slat Bench
By George Nelson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Wonderful example of the Herman Miller modular system designed by George Nelson. This piece features the rare sliding door cabinet with adjustable shelves. In original unrestored con...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Metal

George Nelson 5476 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson lounge chair number 5476 for Herman Miller. Birch frame with original finish. Curved detail to arms and spreader. Very comfortable. Quality chair but a superb designer ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Seating

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Wood

Vintage George Nelson for Herman Miller Daybed Cot Sofa Chaise Lounge
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller daybed in very good original condition, circa 1950s.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Seating

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Maple