George Nelson Benches

George Nelson (USA, 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. Depree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., 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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Mid Century George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller, 1950s
Mid Century George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Oak
Beautiful golden oak slat bench designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Early production, 1950s.
Early George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table
Early George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table
George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Another fine example of an early slat bench by George Nelson. This one I believe is birch and is also from the late 1940s. It is 72.25" long x 18.5" deep and 14" high. In its origina...
Early George Nelson Slat Bench
Early George Nelson Slat Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
Early George Nelson slat bench. Nicely aged with warm color, it is 72" long x 18.75" deep x 14" high. The legs have rounded edges and this particular bench may have been the base for...
Early George Nelson Slat Platform Bench/ Table by Herman Miller
Early George Nelson Slat Platform Bench/ Table ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Birch
Introduced in 1946, the slat platform bench was one of Nelson's first designs for Herman Miller after becoming their design director. Intended to serve as a table, a seat, or a base ...
George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table by Herman Miller
George Nelson Slat Bench or Coffee Table by Her...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
A Nelson platform bench or coffee table with natural birch wood slat top and black ebony finished legs. Perfect for the end of the bed, entrance way or living space, manufactured by ...
Early 1950s George Nelson for Herman Miller Ebonized Platform Bench Table
Early 1950s George Nelson for Herman Miller Ebo...
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches
An original early version of a Herman Miller ebonized platform bench designed by George Nelson. Original black finish and metal tag on underside. Solid with no damage or repairs.
Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet or Credenza on Slat Bench
Mid-Century George Nelson for Herman Miller Cab...
George Nelson, George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Metal
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...
George Nelson Steel Frame Bench for Herman Miller, Circa 1960
George Nelson Steel Frame Bench for Herman Mill...
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Metal
George Nelson bench with stainless steel planter box, brand new tangerine linen upholstery. Gorgeous!
George Nelson for Herman Miller Slat Benches
George Nelson for Herman Miller Slat Benches
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Gorgeous George Nelson slat benches for Herman Miller. In very good vintage condition with normal wear can original pair from the same owner. Lovely patina.
George Nelson Bench and Coffee Table for Herman Miller Modular Sofa, US, 1950s
George Nelson Bench and Coffee Table for Herman...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Leather, Chrome, Formica, Wood
Rare original George Nelson bench and coffee table in black leather and two formica tabletops. Excellent original condition. *This piece is curated for you by Original in Berlin*
George Nelson Slat Bench

George Nelson Slat Bench

By George Nelson
George Nelson Slat Bench
George Nelson
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches
George Nelson slat Benji in excellent condition. Unsigned. Gorgeous Patina structurally sound in excellent condition with no breaks. Normal wear commensurate with age and use.  
George Nelson Ebonized Platform Bench by Herman Miller, circa 1950s
George Nelson Ebonized Platform Bench by Herman...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
George Nelson platform bench (No. 4692) was made by the Herman Miller Furniture Company Inc. circa 1950s. It was designed primarily for high and low storage cases. But it was also us...
George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
George Nelson for Herman Miller slat bench form the 1950s. In original condition. Minor wear, gorgeous patina.
George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller, US,...
George Nelson, Herman Miller
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Metal
Clean lined modern bench, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This slat bench is constructed from natural solid maple and black lacquered metal base. Retains warm original p...
Large George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller
George Nelson
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches
Designer: George Nelson Manufacture: Herman Miller Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s.     
George Nelson for Herman Miller Solid Black Wal...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel, Walnut
Vintage George Nelson for Herman Miller 5150 Coffee Table, Bedroom Bench. Rectangular Steel framework with Black Walnut tabletop. Versatile. With paint removed and custom solid Black...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Maple Six Foot ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Maple
Vintage George Nelson for Herman Miller Maple and Black enamel, mid size, six foot slat Bedroom Bench.
Vintage George Nelson Steel Frame Teak Coffee T...
George Nelson, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Teak, Steel
Mid-Century coffee table by George Nelson for Herman Miller model no. 5150. This piece has a teak tabletop with a contrasting white coated enameled steel base.           
Largest George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple
Fully original iconic George Nelson design for Herman Miller in the largest version that was available. This slat bench is constructed from natural solid maple and black lacquered ma...

George Nelson Bench

By George Nelson
George Nelson Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple
Iconic bench by George Nelson. Sturdy. Substantial. Measures: 5 foot.
Rare George Nelson Chrome Leg Ebonized Bench
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Chrome, Maple
George Nelson for Herman Miller slat bench in ebonized finish. Appears to be completely original with all original screws and leg glides. Finish on wood shows its age and wear. Origi...
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Slat Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Lacquer
This midcentury slat bench by George Nelson features a compact size and ebonized finish which offer a bold modern accent to any home or office space. Please confirm item location...

George Nelson Bench

By George Nelson
George Nelson Bench
George Nelson
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple
Clean lined modern bench, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, American, circa 1980s. Retains warm original patina.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Cabinet...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
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...
George Nelson Ebony Slat Bench for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Maple
Iconic George Nelson design for Herman Miller. Model 4992. This slat bench is constructed from Black Lacquered Maple with a sled base. This bench can be used both as seating and as a...
Early George Nelson Bench
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
A nice and early example of this iconic Nelson design for Herman Miller with an aged original black lacquered finish.
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