1 of 8 images

George Nelson Credenza/Dressers with Vanity/Desk Herman Miller, 1950

About

George Nelson walnut credenza, dresser and cabinet with illuminating vanity or desk, designed for Herman Miller.

Details

  • Date of manufacture
    1950
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 30 in. x W 88 in. x D 18.5 in.

    H 76.2 cm x W 223.52 cm x D 46.99 cm

  • Seller location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU90609823873

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

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2011
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Brooklyn, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

George Nelson Walnut Thin Edge Credenza by Herman Miller

$5,700 Sale Price
20% Off
George Nelson Walnut Thin Edge Credenza by Herm...
George Nelson
American Credenzas
Walnut
Thin edge credenza with four drawers and three doors concealing two adjustable shelves, one drawer and open storage, walnut with white porcelain pulls. Manufactured by Herman Miller,...

George Nelson Dresser Pair for Herman Miller, 1948

$3,500 Sale Price / set
22% Off
George Nelson Dresser Pair for Herman Miller, 1948
George Nelson
American Dressers
Oak
Pair of George Nelson five-drawer dressers for Herman Miller, circa 1948. Combed oak, drawers with dividers and "J"pulls. Fine vintage condition, consistent with age and use. meas...

George Nelson Walnut Executive Desk Herman Miller, 1950

$2,500 Sale Price
21% Off
George Nelson Walnut Executive Desk Herman Mill...
George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
Walnut Executive desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a rectangular grey laminate top over a return with drawers and doors, stainless steel legs.
Rare George Nelson Square "Swag Leg" Dining Tab...
George Nelson
American Dining Room Tables
Stainless Steel, Walnut
Rare 44" square walnut "Swag Leg" dining table designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1950.  
You May Also Like
George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Cabin...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Credenzas
Metal
George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera four-drawer dresser, credenza or cabinet Four drawers with metal pulls, two divided drawers, and left side cabinet with two shelves, black ...
1950s Herman Miller George Nelson Secretary Des...
George Nelson
American Dressers
Walnut
This is a fantastic grain walnut chest of drawers for Herman Miller, by George Nelson. It is from the basic cabinet series, BCS. It features a top pull-out, drop-front desk, with cub...
Eight-Drawer Dresser with Vanity by George Nels...
George Nelson
Eight-drawer dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller, having "Cupcake" drawer pulls and hairpin legs. A somewhat rare configuration, the case Walnut and the drawer fronts Mahogany...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser Cabinet...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Dressers
Chrome, Wood
Designed by George Nelson, this dresser or credenza was part of Herman Miller's collection of modular basic storage components. The chest has been newly refinished and features beaut...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Cabinet Dresser...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Cabinets
Chrome, Wood
*NOTE* For all items from this dealer, please click VIEW ALL FROM SELLER below on this page. Designed by George Nelson, this dresser or credenza was part of Herman Miller's collecti...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Highboy Dresser...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Dressers
Chrome, Wood
Designed by George Nelson, this highboy dresser was part of Herman Miller's collection of modular basic storage components. The chest has been newly refinished and features beautiful...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Highboy Dresser
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Dressers
This Mid-Century highboy dresser features a beautiful array of vintage details, from the immediately recognizable block legs George Nelson used throughout much of his work, to the un...
George Nelson for Herman Miller Credenza or Low...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Dressers
Metal
George Nelson for Herman Miller credenza. All original.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries