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George Nelson Benches

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. Nelson's studio also sold designs for clocks to the Howard Miller Clock Company, a manufacturer that was initially part of Herman Miller before it became an offshoot that was helmed by Howard Miller, D.J. De Pree's brother-in-law.

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 1stDibs, 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
huge and rare 251cm george nelson bench from the modular group
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
ultra rare an most possible made on special order very big george nelson bench. we also have a smaller bench available.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Mid Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Slatted Bench Maple Blonde / Black
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Beautiful mid century George Nelson Herman Miller slatted bench with Amazing Patina. This bench is 72.25" Long Slatted coffee table or bench. Blonde bench...
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George Nelson Modular Seating System Bench in Alexander Girard Checker Fabric
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
Nelson’s studio “George Nelson & Associates” produced countless designs that were ahead of their time, including the Nelson Modular Seating System from which we have this three piece sectional set. The system was gorgeous line of products that Herman Miller produced between 1956-1978. The wide array of Nelson’s Modular System can be found in all shapes and sizes to this day. Sofas, loveseats, chairs, armless seating, end tables and more; it was meant to fulfill the needs of any space large or small. This rare bench has been completely restored and re-upholstered with the iconic Alexander Girard...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Steel

Mid Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Long Bench
By George Nelson
Located in Tulsa, OK
**Please Read Entire Description** Please view all listing pictures on a laptop if possible. Some cell phones don’t display all listing pictures and some could be pictures relati...
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George Nelson for Herman Miller 72" Slatted Platform Bench, 2002
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nelson for Herman Miller 72" Slatted Platform Bench, 2002. Classic and timeless, this George Nelson bench has just the right amount of 20+ years of great honey colored patina...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Benches

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Six Foot George Nelson Classic Slat Bench 1950's Original
By George Nelson
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic, original 1950's vintage George Nelson for Herman Miller slat bench. Natural finish with warm patina and ebonized legs. This is a hard to find original, retaining its foil...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Maple

1950s George Nelson Herman Miller 72.5 inch 4692 Slatted Platform Bench in Birch
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a 1950s vintage George Nelson for Herman Miller natural and black-lacquered birch platform bench (Model 4692). This classic George Nelson example has a gorgeous pa...
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1950s American Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Birch

Mid Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Slatted Bench Maple Blonde
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful mid century George Nelson Herman Miller slatted bench with Amazing Patina. This bench is 72.25" Long Slatted coffee table or bench. Blonde bench...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Midcentury George Nelson Slatted Bench for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
An American Midcentury-Modern classic. This slatted bench was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. It comprised of maple with ebonized legs. A design of balance, symmetry, an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Benches

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Vintage Slat Platform Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage slat platform bench designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Hardwood slats with ebony-colored base. In very nice patinated condition.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Maple

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 Benches

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George Nelson benches for sale on 1stDibs.

George Nelson benches are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Nelson benches, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original benches 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 benches by Milo Baughman, Herman Miller, and Florence Knoll. Prices for George Nelson benches can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,275 and can go as high as $6,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,188.
Questions About George Nelson Benches
  • 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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