1 of 8 images

Steel Contract Bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller


Long steel multi surface bench with two cushions, one wood slated table area and one Formica style table area.


  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 12 in. x W 80.5 in. x D 20.25 in.

    H 30.48 cm x W 204.47 cm x D 51.44 cm

  • Seat height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller location
    OKC, OK
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About George Nelson (Designer)

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. Depree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., 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.

Read more about George Nelson in Introspective Magazine

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2015
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in OKC, OK
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN Sale Price
25% Off

Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley

American Benches

Leather, Wood

Absolutely stunning bench designed by Edward Wormley for the Janus line at Dunbar. This piece has been professionally refinished and reupholstered in an amazing leather hide. Retains...


Rare Prototype Bench by Max Gottschalk

Max Gottschalk

American Benches

Leather, Rubber, Steel, Wood

Leather and steel bench with adjustable seat/back angle. Backrest features an inflatable inner tube for comfort.

NaN Sale Price / item
22% Off

Padded Eames Side Shell for Herman Miller

Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller

American Side Chairs

Steel, Fiberglass

Absolutely fabulous pair of matching blue side shells on the four star swivel and caster base. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller.


Set of Four Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass ...

Herman Miller, Charles & Ray Eames

American Chairs


Wonderful set of four dark grey Eames fiberglass side shells on Eiffel tower bases by Herman Miller.

You May Also Like

George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller

Herman Miller, George Nelson

American Benches

George Nelson for Herman Miller slat bench form the 1950s. In original condition. Minor wear, gorgeous patina.


Early Modular Steel Frame Bench by George Nelso...

Herman Miller, George Nelson

American Benches

Steel, Naugahyde, Formica

Early, modular bench by George Nelson, "Steel Frame" collection for Herman Miller consists of three sections; two vinyl seats and one formica topped table that can be configured as n...


George Nelson Steel Frame Bench for Herman Mill...

George Nelson

American Benches


George Nelson bench with stainless steel planter box, brand new tangerine linen upholstery. Gorgeous!


Largest George Nelson Slat Bench for Herman Miller

Herman Miller, George Nelson

American Benches


Fully original iconic George Nelson design for Herman Miller in the largest version that was available. This slat bench is constructed from natural solid maple and black lacquered ma...


George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Cabinet...

Herman Miller, George Nelson

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...


George Nelson Ebony Slat Bench for Herman Miller

Herman Miller, George Nelson

American Benches


Iconic George Nelson design for Herman Miller. Model 4992. This slat bench is constructed from Black Lacquered Maple with a sled base. This bench can be used both as seating and as a...


George Nelson Ebonized Platform Bench by Herman...

Herman Miller, George Nelson

American Benches


George Nelson platform bench (No. 4692) was made by the Herman Miller Furniture Company Inc. circa 1950s. It was designed primarily for high and low storage cases. But it was also us...

NaN / set

George Nelson Steel Frame Bench Herman Miller, ...

George Nelson

American Benches

Long and low white laminate bench in two pieces, designed as part of the "Steel Frame Group" by George Nelson, manufactured by Herman Miller.