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George Nelson Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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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Dining or Desk Chair by Ernest Farmer for George Nelson and Associates
By George Nelson, Ernest Farmer, Herman Miller
Located in Denver, CO
A rare birch dining or desk chair by Ernest Farmer of George Nelson and Associates for Herman Miller. Professional reupholstery available at pass-through cost.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Birch

George Nelson MAA Chairs
By George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
An extremely rare pair of swan leg chairs in fiberglass with chromed base by Herman Miller. The advanced design of the mechanism on outside allows the backrest to move freely form th...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

1960s Executive Desk Chair by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A George Nelson designed rolling desk chair with orange fabric supported by a swivel base with casters. Manufactured by George Nelson and Associates in the 1960s. Newly reupholstered.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Office Swag Leg Chair DAA by George Nelson vor Herman Miller, 1958
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
The „swag leg chair“ by George Nelson dates back to 1958 – but would still be a perfect fit in any science fiction movie today. The innovative design resulted from nelson’s demands f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Perch Stools by George Nelson and Robert Propst
By George Nelson
Located in Dronten, NL
Perch stool, drafting chair designed by George Nelson and Robert Propst. Black leather, chrome base. Vitra edition. Provenance; the German Bank for Doctors and Pharmacists. Priced...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson Desk or Office Chair, Very Rare, New Red Boucle Knoll Upholstery
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

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George Nelson for Herman Miller Desk or Side Chair with Arms, Signed
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