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George Nelson Ebonized Coffee Table by Herman Miller, circa 1950s

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George Nelson ebonized wood coffee table (4652) was made by the Herman Miller Furniture Company Inc., circa 1950s. This coffee table is extendable and has two removable hard plastic bottom serving trays on both sides. The bottom of the trays are made to match the table so they can be flipped over to extend the table to 72" wide. This table retains it's original label. A sample of this iconic coffee table was gifted to The Newark Museum by Herman Miller Inc. in 1989. Literature: The Herman Miller collection, 1952, pg. 63, see image 7.

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  • Dimensions

    H 18 in. x W 36 in. x D 24 in.

    H 45.72 cm x W 91.44 cm x D 60.96 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    Highland Park Item #GNHM001
  • Item location

    1stdibs Gallery at 200 LEX

    200 Lexington Avenue

    New York, NY 10016

  • Reference number
    LU86335641023

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About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

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 of the past seven decades.


     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 these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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