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George Nelson Benches

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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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 Benches

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Birch

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 Benches

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Vintage 92 1/2” George Nelson Platform Bench
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Benches

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Birch

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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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 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 Benches

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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 Benches

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Maple

Early Contract Bench System, Model 5993 by George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Benches

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Steel

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 Benches

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Birch, Wood

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 Benches

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Metal

George Nelson Bench and Coffee Table for Herman Miller Modular Sofa, US, 1950s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare original George Nelson bench and coffee table in black leather and two formica tabletops. Excellent original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Chrome

George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller, US, 1950s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
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. Retains warm original pa...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Maple, Wood

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Slat Bench
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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Lacquer

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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Wood

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Early George Nelson 8' Black Bench, Mfg. Herman Miller
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George Nelson platform slat bench by Herman Miller
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By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
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H 14 in. W 102 in. D 18.5 in.
George Nelson Black Lacquer Bench
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
A classic 4-foot black lacquered slat bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This piece can be used as the base for some George Nelson cabinet units, or as seating.
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Herman Miller Slat Bench by George Nelson
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Unique Fireplace Bench by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
Unique fireplace bench in tufted leather upholstery on a steel frame. Designed by George Nelson as a custom piece for his own residence, 1950s.
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  • Unique Fireplace Bench by George Nelson
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H 30.5 in. W 9 in. D 62 in.
George Nelson for Herman Miller Slat Bench and Oak Cabinet
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Garnerville, NY
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By George Nelson
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
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Located in Chicago, IL
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George Nelson for Herman Miller vanity Stool or Ottoman
By George Nelson
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Late 1940s upholstered vanity stool or ottoman with walnut legs by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This piece still retains its original upholstery.
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1940s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Benches

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