Large Credenza Cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller

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George Nelson
Herman Miller, Executive Office Group (EOG) Series
circa 1962
Lacquered walnut, steel and chrome.
Measures: 80.75 wide x 18.5 deep x 43 inch tall

Customized for a client, this large credenza boasts storage more akin to a desk and return. This model is deep, has two tiers and can have the legs removed if required, reducing the height by 6.25 inches. It is also finished on the back and so can free stand in a room if required.

A storage cabinet and door on each side, the far right has an adjustable shelf. This wall storage centre also has a slide out shelf for use with a typewriter, and two additional "push and pull" white formica toped shelves for work. Below these are regular drawers plus a file drawer with built in bars for file storage.

Both the two-tier tops are in solid walnut - not laminate. Inserted back in painted gun metal grey. Small cut out hole exists for cords mounting through the unit from behind.

This unit is heavy, well constructed and very sturdy. While it has been entirely refinished, still minor imperfections exist.
    

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Refinished, Contact us for condition report..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    43 in. H x 80.75 in. W x 18.5 in. D
    109 cm H x 205 cm W x 47 cm D
  • Seller Location
    South Charleston, WV
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU161629325401

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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