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George Nelson Benches

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
Pair of Ebonized Slat Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Benches

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George Nelson Platform Bench
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Benches

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Wood

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 Benches

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Metal

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 Benches

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Long Platform Bench, Model 4993, by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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 Benches

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Birch

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 Benches

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Steel

George Nelson Long Slat Bench Black Finish Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern 1950
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Benches

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Wood, Birch

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 Benches

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Metal, Stainless 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 Benches

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Wood

George Nelson Platform Bench for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
An iconic piece originally designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, this early 1950s long bench is also very practical and is multi-functional. As an original 1950s piece, this l...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Wood

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 Benches

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Maple

George NELSON Steel Frame Bench/ Table, 1955
By George Nelson
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Steel frame bench and table designed by George Nelson. U.S.A., Herman Miller, 1955. Black steel frame with three modular parts, consisting of two cushions upholstered in red wool ...
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Metal

Extremely Rare and Early Ebonized Slat Bench, George Nelson / Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare and early 36" ebonized slat bench designed by, George Nelson for Herman Miller,, 40 years in the business. I have only seen this size once. Purchased from an employee ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Wood

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century White Bench
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century white bench The bench measures: 72.5 wide x 26 deep x 28.5 high, with a seat height of 15 inches All pieces of furniture can be had ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Metal

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George Nelson benches for sale on 1stDibs

The George Nelson benches are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of George Nelson benches to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original benches 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 benches by Paul McCobb, Dunbar and Herman Miller. Prices for George Nelson benches can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,575 and tops out at $6,475, while pieces like these can sell for $2,850 on average.

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