George Nelson Design, Desk 1958, Produced by Herman Miller For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 10 images

George Nelson Design, Desk 1958, Produced by Herman Miller

About

The home desk designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller, an object that has become an icon of design and modernity, especially if you think it was designed in 1958. Its sinuous, elegant and finely crafted base, the its witty form makes it unique in its kind. If all this is then added high quality materials, you're done! High pressure laminate top with side sections in wood with walnut veneer, tubular base in satin-finish chromed metal. Recommended for residential use.  

Details

  • Condition
    Good.
  • Dimensions

    H 29.53 in. x W 39.38 in. x D 28.35 in.

    H 75 cm x W 100 cm x D 72 cm

  • Seller location
    Verona, IT
  • Reference number
    LU949710255743

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 (Author)

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 2012
Typical response time: 65 hrs
Located in Verona, IT
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
"Paolo Buffa" Important Desk in Walnut, 1940, T...
Paolo Buffa
Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Wood
Paolo Buffa" important desk in walnut, 1940, top in black opal. Structure in walnut, restored, in perfect condition, original glass, the rest of the furniture has been designed by P...
Chandelier, Design Stilux Milan, 1958
Stilux
Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Plexiglass, Wood
Chandelier, design Stilux, Milan, 1958. Structure teakwood, difusori light, white tubes of glass, trying to finish in colored plexi. perfect condition, there are no breakages.
Table lamp, Design Stilnovo 1958
Stilnovo
Italian Table Lamps
Metal
Table lamp, Design Stilnovo 1958. Marble base, stello in brass, diffuser light metal painted original brass details.
Beautiful Desk, Bernini Design 1960
Bernini
Italian Desks
Beautiful desk, Bernini Design 1960. Structure in walnut, finished in brushed metal, leather top.
You May Also Like
George Nelson by Herman Miller Laminated Alumin...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Wood
George Nelson by Hermann Miller 1950s Laminated wood, aluminum base Rare model.
Executive L-Shaped Desk Unit by George Nelson f...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
North American Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
George Nelson for Herman Miller L-shaped executive desk unit. Rattan privacy panel.
Action Office Desk by George Nelson for Herman ...
George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Laminate, Ash
A high, roll-top desk from the Action Office or No. 649 Series designed by George Nelson & Robert Propst for Herman Miller, circa 1964-1968. Featuring an ash tambour top that opens u...
L-Shaped Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
Metal
George Nelson for Herman Miller Zeeland Michigan, L- Shaped desk, walnut, metal, United States, 1960s. This L-Shaped architectural desk in walnut presents a dynamic combination b...
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller
George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
Simple modernity in this desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1950s. Perfectly refinished walnut with two fitted drawers on a cantilevered brushed steel frame, labeled.
George Nelson Home Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Leather, Walnut
Walnut with original custom white leather writing surface and sliding floating doors, small drawers in maple. Storage and drop down typing table with original perforated aluminum fil...
Elusive Modernist Action Office Desk or Table b...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Conference Tables
Aluminum, Walnut
Rarely seen modernist action office desk or conference table by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Purchased from prominent Buffalo NY architect. Beautiful figured walnut wood top mino...
Mid-Century Modern Tambour Roll-Top Desk by Geo...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Desks and Writing Tables
This unique roll-top writing desk is from the Herman Miller "Action Office" line and features a beautiful hardwood hideaway design set on metal base with aluminum legs. Pair of drawe...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries