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George Nelson Sofas

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 for Herman Miller Living Room Set
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller living room set, United States, 1960s. Very fine living room set by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with square chrome-p...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Marshmallow Sofa for George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in San Antonio, TX
Rare classic Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Marshmallow sofa. Each round cushion reminiscent of a marshmallow is a barstool seat mounted on a metal disc frame creating an overall g...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Sofas

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Metal

George Nelson & Associates Sling Sofa, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates Sling sofa model 6832 Herman Miller USA, 1963 leather, chrome-plated steel, rubber Measures: 87 W x 32 D x 29 H inches literature George Nelso...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Chrome, Steel

George Nelson Steel Frame Sofa - Loveseat by Herman Miller ( 1 )
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Nelson designed steel framed love seat - sofa lounge unit with white metal frame , Rubber and metal foot pads and two turquoise Naugahyde seats . A classic design that is still fre...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Sofas

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Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Sofa in Off-White Fabric
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, sofa, metal, fabric upholstery, United States, 1960s Very fine sofa by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame wi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Metal

George Nelson, Modular Sofa and Table Seating System, 1966 for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Munster, NRW
George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s, United States. Very fine Modular §seater sofa by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with square chro...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Modular Sofa Set by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of a 3 seater sofa and 1 armchair. Armchair dimensions: H: 70cm L: 76cm P: 76cm. Wear due to time and age of the chair. Seat height 38cm.
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Metal

George Nelson Modular Group Sofa
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Highland, IN
The modular seating group designed by the Nelson office in 1955 is one of our favorite sofa designs. It was designed on a 30" module and offered in a wide variety of configurations. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Steel

George Nelson Modular Sofa and Tables Herman Miller, 1963
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice leather sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, United States, 1963. This sofa has a metal frame with square chrome plated legs, the seat is in black leather and ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Metal

George Nelson Modular Seating Set for Herman Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson modular seating set for Herman Miller 1950s in very good original condition. Medium brown fabric. Foam is not hard. This Set includes a two seater with side table, two ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Fabric

George Nelson & Associates Sling Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Made by: Herman Miller, USA, 1963 Material: leather, chrome-plated steel, rubber Size: 112 W × 32 D × 29 H in The luxurious model 6833 Sling sofa was produced in three sizes...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Steel

Rare and Exclusive Loose Cushion Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
By george nelson. ultra soft high qualitily leather with nice and worm patina. down filled cushions.
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1960s American Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Leather

George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nelson Marshmallow sofa, model 5670 Manufactured by Herman Miller A great example of an iconic form.
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Chrome, Stainless Steel, Steel

Restored George Nelson Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Pasadena, TX
Sofa designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Newly upholstered in a ticking striped fabric with chrome legs. Measures: 81".               
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Sofas

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Fabric

Herman Miller George Nelson Modular Seating Cognac Natural Leather Sofa
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This living room set model modular sofa was designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This set was completely re -upholstered in high premium cognac Natural leather. It has a soft...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Modern Vintage Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, Chrome Legs 1950s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Midcentury Modern Sleek Sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, Early Label. Design 1950s Dimensions: 27 1/2" H x 90" W x 30" D, Seat 15 1/2" Sofa with original...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Chrome

George Nelson for Herman Miller Three-Seat Sofa in Brown Leather, Model 5683
By George Nelson
Located in Den Haag, NL
George Nelson designed for Herman Miller in 1955, three-seat sofa in brown/caramel leather, model 5683 Loose cushion sofa. Original brown/caramel leather, cushions with down filli...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Metal

George Nelson Steel Frame Sofa / Loveseat for Herman Miller '2'
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Nelson designed sofa / loveseat with two turquoise Naugahyde wood framed seats with satin white metal frame having metal and rubber foot pads. This modular designed seating system ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Sofas

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Metal

George Nelson Sofa from Herman Miller's Modular Seating System
By Herman Miller, John Pile, George Nelson
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Designed by George Nelson Associate John Pile, the 0693 model sofa was part of the Modular Seating System produced by Herman Miller from 1956-1978. Classic stripped down, clean lined...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Sofas

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Steel

George Nelson Modern Sofa for Herman Miller in Ethereal Mint Green 1950s USA
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: George Nelson vintage sofa for Herman Miller in Ethereal Mint Green 1950s Modern USA Fabulous angled Legs. Made in the USA circa 1950s. Dimensions: 28.5 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Sofas

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Aluminum, Steel

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By Walter Knoll
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George Nelson 6380 'Catenary' Easy Chair in Black Leather
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
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H 33.47 in. W 41.34 in. D 29.14 in.
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Located in Seattle, WA
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H 60 in. W 18.5 in. D 30 in.
George Nelson Sofa Table, 1952
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in South Charleston, WV
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H 10.25 in. W 15 in. D 30 in.
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Located in Highland, IN
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3-Seat Steel Frame Sofa, George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1960
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munster, NRW
Reason and feeling, steel and velvet. At the end of the 1950s the working world became modern: with the emergence of the service economy, more and more office workplaces were created...
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George Nelson Brown Orange and Steel Marshmallow Sofa, 1980s, Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Valladolid, ES
Stunning and funny Marshmallow sofa by George Nelson and made by Norman Miller. In steel structure and brown and orange color leatherette cushions. In a very good condition with ag...
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Two Modular Sofas with Table and Drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller, US
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
Two bases, six seats in total, a square table and a two-drawer element. All pieces can be placed modular - the name says it all. Newly upholstered in grey Hallingdal fabric by Kvadra...
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Chrome

George Nelson sofas for sale on 1stDibs

George Nelson sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Nelson sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 21 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of George Nelson's original sofas were created during the mid-20th century in North America in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Jens Risom, Herman Miller and Paul McCobb. Prices for George Nelson sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,275 and tops out at $37,200, while pieces like these can sell for $8,625.

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