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George Nelson Chairs

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
George Nelson Prototype DAF Chair for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early per production prototype fiberglass arm shell or DAF chair designed by George Nelson. This chair came directly from a engineer working for the Herman Miller company in Zeela...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Chairs

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Fiberglass

Mid-Century Modern Brown Leather Coconut Chair by George Nelson for Vitra
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The Coconut chair was designed in 1955 by the American architect, industrial designer, author, editor and teacher George Nelson. Obviously he took his inspiration from a coconut that...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Chairs

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Steel

Early George Nelson by Herman Miller Green Leather Classic Coconut Lounge Chairs
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Early George Nelson for Herman Miller green leather original coconut lounge chairs. Featuring new Leather upholstery in rich Forest Green. Mid-Century Modern...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

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 Chairs

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Birch

Early and Rare Pretzel Chair by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
only a few where made of the 1.edition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Chairs

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Plywood

George Nelson Rare High Back Chair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nelson rare high back chair A high back lounge chair designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Model #5469, this lounge chair is one of the more rare designs by Nelson. Tu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

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 Chairs

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Steel

"Pretzel Chair" by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson pretzel chair manufactured for Herman Miller. Model # 5890. Beautiful example in excellent original condition.
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Mid-20th Century George Nelson Chairs

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Wood

Vitra Coconut Chair by George Nelson in Brown Leather
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in Echt, NL
Brown leather coconut chair in very good condition. Design: George Nelson. Manufacturer: Vitra. Upholstery: Dark brown leather. Base: Chrome. Shell: White fiberglass. ...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Coconut Chair
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is the iconic Coconut chair, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1956, this eye catching conversation piece measures 40.5 W x 31 D x 32 H Seat Heigh...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Chairs

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Leather

1950s Coconut Lounge Chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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 Chairs

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Steel

Midcentury George Nelson Cubist Lounge Chair Model 4774
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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 Chairs

George Nelson Desk or Office Chair, Very Rare, New Red Boucle Knoll Upholstery
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Kansas City, MO
Very rare George Nelson desk chair, freshly reupholstered in a crimson Knoll Classic boucle.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Chairs

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Aluminum

Swaged Leg Chair in Gray and White by Georg Nelson & Associates, 1954
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
Swaged leg chair, model MAF, in fiberglass, enameled steel, rubber, enameled aluminum, and plastic. Designed by George Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller, USA, 1954.
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1950s American Modern Vintage George Nelson Chairs

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Fiberglass

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