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Modular Seating System Table Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1955



In 1955 George Nelson developed the „Modular Seating System“, including sofas, benches, sideboards and tables, interchangeable, based on steel frames. This table bench is a quite rare version consisting of a soft (newly) upholstered seating module, re-covered in luxurious, but durable, green cotton velvet from Kvadrat/Raf Simons (100,000 martindale rubs, en iso 12947, more on the kvadrat website). Left and right to the seating pad are two american walnut tables, which have been carefully restored.


  • Creator
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),George Nelson (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.15 in (41 cm)Width: 74.81 in (190 cm)Depth: 29.93 in (76 cm)Seat Height: 18.51 in (47 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Repaired: The wood tops are restored on edges, corners and surface, cushion is new upholstery with cotton velvet from Kvadrat/Raf Simons Collection. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Munster, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1391225562502

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About the Designer

George Nelson

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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