Handsome 3 Bay George Nelson Herman Miller CSS Wall Unit Mid-Century Modern For Sale
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Handsome 3 Bay George Nelson Herman Miller CSS Wall Unit Mid-Century Modern

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Handsome George Nelson for Herman Miller CSS 3 bay wall unit. This wonderful set consists of 2 flip down cabinets, 8 adjustable shelves, 1 desk shelf and 4 gunmetal finish poles along with all necessary hardware for tension installation. The set measure as shown 96" T x 97" W x 18.5"D-each bay is 32"w and each pole is 94"T.

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Mild signs of age-some scratches to the top surfaces-nothing serious. Some light dents and dings to edges-again nothing serious. Retains all hardware to install with tension poles. Can retrofit poles to install in rooms with higher ceilings.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 94 in. x W 97 in. x D 18.5 in.H 238.76 cm x W 246.38 cm x D 46.99 cm
  • Seller Location
    Medford, NJ
  • Sold As
    Set of 15
  • Reference Number
    LU943215303561
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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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