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Vintage 1949 Mid-Century Modern Custom L-Shaped Office Desk by George Nelson

About the Item

This remarkable piece is a one-off desk/wardrobe/bar/bookcase/storage cabinet custom-designed by George Nelson in 1949 to match his Basic Cabinet Series (BCS) for Herman Miller. The desk was made specifically for a client in the Promontory Apartment Building in Chicago designed by Nelson's associate, and world-renowned architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The entire apartment was outfitted in pieces from George Nelson's Basic Cabinet Series for Herman Miller that sat, untouched for nearly 70 years in their original setting! In addition to two aluminium sconces, this piece also features hidden, fluorescent lighting mounted in the upper canopy as a clever solution to Mies van der Rohe's lack of ceiling fixtures. This is a gorgeous, grandiose, and extremely rare piece of design history that will instantly outfit an entire office in striking style! Features: Desk: - Book-matched walnut veneer - Built-in Bar - Built in coat closet/wardrobe - Dual aluminum sconces - Hidden, indirect fluorescent lighting - Silver-plated Herman Miller hardware - Dual "floating" book shelves - Tapered, cantilevered peninsula desk top - An abundance of storage (as only the creator of the "Storage Wall" can create) Dimensions: 108.5" long x 84" wide x 79.5" tall (30" tall desk height) Stereo cabinet: - Part of George Nelson's Basic Cabinet Series for Herman Miller - Walnut veneer - Silver-plated hardware - New, white, fabric speaker grill - Pull-out drawer for turntable - Fold-down compartment for amplifier/receiver Dimensions: 56.25" long x 18.5" deep x 30" tall Chair: (Not included)
  • Creator:
    Herman Miller (Manufacturer),George Nelson (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 79.5 in (201.93 cm)Width: 84 in (213.36 cm)Depth: 108.5 in (275.59 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Aluminum,Plywood,Walnut,Laminated,Spun,Veneer
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1949
  • Condition:
    Refinished. Repaired: minor patching of veneer chips. Wear consistent with age and use. Both desk and stereo console have undergone an extensive restoration including full-refinishing and veneer patches (where necessary). Hidden fluorescent lighting has also been updated to safer, modern fixtures. Shows beautifully!
  • Seller Location:
    Lafayette, IN
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2680312437971
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