George Nelson Sling Sofa by Herman Miller

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Designed in 1963 by John Svezia, Ronal Beckman and Irving Harper for George Nelson and Assoc. the Sling Sofa is an innovative design which uses a chrome-plated tubular steel frame, thick leather, neoprene and reinforced rubber to suspend the seat and back cushions. Handsome and comfortable, the design balances the formal and casual, looking great in any interior. Most commonly seen in back or tan leather, this rare two-tone example was custom ordered with a black sling and dark brown leather cushion.

Details

    Dimensions
    29 in. H x 87 in. W x 32.25 in. D
    74 cm H x 221 cm W x 82 cm D
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Highland, IN
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU90916821003

About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture of the past seven decades.

     Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company—named for its chief financial backer—began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D. J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.

     Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2011

Typical response time: 11 hours

Located in Highland, IN

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

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