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George Nelson Midcentury Storage Wall Unit Bookcase for Omni

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George Nelson designed 1950s wall unit for Omni, from one owner estate, originally was in their 1960s Mid-Century Modern masterpiece of a home. Three sections with cabinet with drawers and files, sliding door storage cube, book shelves and lights. The double shelf at the bottom, not sure if original or just modify for TV. Sold with three original lights that were made in Austria, but I believe I have the fourth (will confirm soon) Also may have extra bronze anodized pole, one of the current poles extension at top is slightly different color. I do have other cabinet pieces, sold separately (inquire). Sold in original unrestored condition, some tops show wear, scratched sides of cabinets, see photos. Cabinet with files, onlky has two of the four hook mounting brackets. Refinishing is available for additional cost, if desired. This unit was designed after his CSS units for Herman Miller. Unit can be reconfigured to your liking, it is adjustable and modular. I have this in storage, looking for my notes on dimensions for current configuration. Some shelves and interior drawers branded with Omni. This has been is my warehouse since I removed it from the retirement home in December of 2016, I just now have decided to sell it, so my memory is a little vague on details, as in if missing any other parts than mentioned and the dims. I do see in one photo that one of the bottom white pads are missing from one pole too.   

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  • Dimensions
    H 1 in. x W 1 in. x D 1 in.H 2.54 cm x W 2.54 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Reference Number
    LU820216719921
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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

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