George Nelson Robert Prost Herman Miller Action Office storage shelving unit AO1
About the Item
- Dimensions:Height: 72 in (182.88 cm)Width: 39 in (99.06 cm)Depth: 112 in (284.48 cm)
- Style:Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Date of Manufacture:1964
- Condition:Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Some touch up refinishing . Aluminum base as original shows patina .
- Seller Location:Ferndale, MI
- Reference Number:1stDibs: LU848236191292
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. De Pree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller, 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.
No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture ever.
Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company — named for its chief financial backer — began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D.J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.
Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on 1stDibs, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless — staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.
- ShippingRetrieving quote...Ships From: Ferndale, MI
- Return PolicyA return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.
- George Nelson Herman Miller Rosewood Thin Edge Eight Drawer DresserBy George Nelson, Herman MillerLocated in Ferndale, MIBeautifully grained Rosewood cabinet with two rows of four drawers. Early style turned aluminum pulls on each drawer. Cabinet standing on for turned aluminum legs. This is a classic ...Category
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern DressersMaterials
- George Nelson for Herman Miller Criss Cross Hanging Bubble LampBy George Nelson, Howard Miller, Herman MillerLocated in Ferndale, MIGeorge Nelson criss cross flying saucer hanging bubble lamp. Distributed by Herman Miller. As new conditionCategory
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and PendantsMaterials
- Multi Adjustable Tilt and Swivel Herman Miller Aeron Classic Office Desk ChairBy Don Chadwick, Herman MillerLocated in Ferndale, MIDesigned by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick for Herman Miller . Aeron chair revolutionized office seating with its fresh design. Pellicle suspension material ...Category
1990s American Post-Modern Office Chairs and Desk ChairsMaterials
- Frederick Weinberg Iron and Glass Shelf Unit with LampBy Frederic WeinbergLocated in Ferndale, MIFrederick Weinberg iron and glass shelf unit with lamp.Category
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern ShelvesMaterials
Steel, Wrought Iron
- Glass and Polished Stainless Steel Shelf Unit Style of PaceBy Pace Furniture CompanyLocated in Ferndale, MIGlass and polished stainless steel shelf unit possibly pace. Five 3/8 thick glass shelves plus top and bottom. Some chips to edge of glass at mounting points.Category
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern ShelvesMaterials
- Stainless Steel Pace Wall Unit with Lacquered Burl Wood CabinetsBy Pace CollectionLocated in Ferndale, MIPace collection wall mounted shelf unit . Two white lacquered cabinets with blonde burl wood doors anchor nine 12" deep glass shelves .Larger deeper glass shelf sits between cabinets...Category
Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern ShelvesMaterials
- Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Herman Miller CSS UnitBy Herman Miller, George NelsonLocated in Lake Worth, FLVintage George Nelson Herman Miller CSS unit. This piece is designed to be used as a room divider or placed anywhere in the room. Unit includes 3 black tensio...Category
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern ShelvesMaterials
- George Nelson for Herman Miller Wall Unit Mid-Century ModernBy Herman Miller, George NelsonLocated in Toledo, OHGeorge Nelson for Herman Miller Omni wall unit 98" wide. George Nelson designed, Omni Systems wall unit in great condition. There are nine shelves, ...Category
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern ShelvesMaterials
- George Nelson for Herman Miller CSS UnitBy George NelsonLocated in Palm Springs, CAThe George Nelson CSS Unit, is a stylish and functional addition to the renowned Herman Miller furniture collection. Designed by the visionary George Nelson, this CSS unit seamlessly combines form and function to elevate any modern workspace or living area. This unit was acquired out of a beautiful Palm Springs estate last year. We finally assembled it in our gallery. There is one additional shelve not pictured. Totally configurable. This unit is likely of mid 1980’s vintage based on the other pieces in the house. It will be disassembled for shipping and will require some installation upon delivery. This unit features the rare record holder and record player holder...Category
20th Century American ShelvesMaterials
- 1964 George Nelson & Robert Propst for Herman Miller Action Office DeskBy Herman Miller, George NelsonLocated in Philadelphia, PAThis is an original Action Office desk, designed by George Nelson and Robert Propst for Herman Miller in 1964. Action Office was designed as a set of components that could be combine...Category
Vintage 1960s American Modern DesksMaterials
- modular floor to ceiling CSS shelf unit Design George Nelson for Herman MillerBy George Nelson, Herman MillerLocated in Offenburg, Baden Wurthembergmodular Herman Miller CSS Shelf unit designed by George Nelson. Herman Miller 1970ies edition in laquered wood, with aluminium construction poles. With makers bedge. The CSS she...Category
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern ShelvesMaterials
- Comprehensive Storage System by George Nelson for Herman MillerBy George NelsonLocated in Dallas, TXComprehensive Storage System designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1959. This system is in very good original condition and consist...Category
Mid-20th Century ShelvesMaterials
Recently ViewedView All
A Guide to Herman Miller’s Most Iconic Furniture
The prolific manufacturer has partnered with many of the world’s top designers since opening its doors in 1923. Here are some of the company’s greatest hits, which helped transform the American home and office.
Kule and Forsyth Give Iconic Furniture a Bold Makeover with Stripes
Maggie and Anne Genovese, of Forsyth, teamed up with fashion designer Nikki Kule to reimagine some classic pieces.