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George Nelson Furniture

George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)
George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)

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.

Iconic Designs from George Nelson
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George Nelson Model 5215 Rosewood Jewelry Chest with Miniature Legs, USA, 1955
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson's miniature jewelry chests have always been a desired item. This particular model is in wonderful condition with the added appeal of having the miniature legs that are ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Charles Pollack for Knoll Orange Tweed Executive Chair w/ Height Tension Knob
By George Nelson, Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Chattanooga, TN
7 chairs available. Each sold separately Vintage 1979 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their burnt orange upholstery, a perfect mid-centur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Stainless Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century Storage Coffee Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century storage coffee table Coffee table measures: 48 wide x 30 deep x 19 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call rest...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Laminate, Wood

George Nelson Herman Miller MCM Thin Edge Rosewood Dresser Chest Drawers, Pair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century thin edge rosewood dresser chest of drawers - A pair Each chest measures: 33.75 wide x 19 deep x 30.5 inches high All pieces of furnit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century Executive Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century executive desk Desk measures: 56 wide x 52.75 deep x 29.25 inches high, with a chair clearance of 27.5 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Laminate, Wood

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Thin Edge Jewelry Cabinet for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A completely restored original 1952 jewelry cabinet designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller. It features walnut and teak case, white swag leg pedestal base, and porce...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Desk w/ Return for Herman Miller from a Historic Landmark
By George Nelson
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Nelson desk from a Eero Saarinen designed building which was designated a National Historic landmark by the National park Service in Columbus Indiana. The furnishings for the build...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Modern Eye Wall Clock 1957 Germany by Vitra Design Museum
By George Nelson, Vitra
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: George Nelson modern Eye Clock Walnut wood and brass Designed by George Nelson 1957 made in Germany Vitra Re-Edition 2001 authorized Re edition maker labe...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Charles Pollack for Knoll Black Leather Executive Chairs
By George Nelson, Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Pair of vintage 1972 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their original black leather upholstery. The leather is in miraculous condition for it...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Stainless Steel

George Nelson & Daniel Lewis Wall Lamps Model 'Eyeshade'
By George Nelson, Koch & Lowy
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson & Associates for Koch & Lowy, wall lamps model 'Eyeshade', steel, aluminum, United States, design 1975 Functional wall lights by George Nelson & Daniel Lewis designe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson & Associates Sling Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Made by: Herman Miller, USA, 1963 Material: leather, chrome-plated steel, rubber Size: 112 W × 32 D × 29 H in The luxurious model 6833 Sling sofa was produced in three sizes...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson, Limited Edition Daf Swag Leg Dining Chair
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare set of four swag legged dining chairs designed in 1958 by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Cream colored fiberglass on a black enameled base. All in excellent original conditi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson Platform Bench for Herman Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
An iconic piece originally designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, this early 1950s long bench is also very practical and is multi-functional. As an original 1950s piece, this l...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson Thin Edge Bar Cabinet with Built in Electric Plugs
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
A rare and unique George Nelson thin edge bar cabinet in walnut, circa 1960s. The cabinet original design intention is unknown, but it could be used for an array of purposes. There a...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Occasional Table
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
A pair George Nelson for Herman Miller tray tables, having a circular walnut plywood top, above a steel standard, continuing to enameled steel legs. This version has been discontinue...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson Five-Drawer Thin Edge Rosewood Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
A rare George Nelson five drawer thin edge rosewood dresser, circa 1955. This stunning piece has dynamic rich rosewood graining and features five drawers with metal pulls and black t...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rosewood

Pair of George Nelson Sofas
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
Pair of early George Nelson for Herman Miller sofa in original blush pink colored fabric upholstery and metal and wood frame. Early Herman Miller Label present underneath the sofa fr...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Pair of George Nelson Leather Top Night Stands
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
A pair of small end tables with drawer by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The table is made of a teak frame with tapered legs and a brown leather top. circa 1950s. This item will be...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Original Oval Rattan 'Basket Clock' by George Nelson for Howard Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Irving Harper, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Out of the 150+ designs created by George Nelson for Howard Miller, this Oval 'Basket' wall clock is one of the more rare editions. Small black circles mark the number positions arou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Rattan

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Black 'Asterisk' Wall Clock, circa 1960
By Howard Miller, Irving Harper, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Asterisk Clock by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller is a rare find and one of the more in-demand of his designs. The black steel face, mounted on a metal back, is free ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel, Brass

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern Dresser
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern dressers designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in the mid-20th century. With four drawers and tapered legs. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson Eight Drawer Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
A George Nelson eight drawer dresser for Herman Miller in walnut with rare round pull handles in original black lacquer inlay, circa 1960s. Original George Nelson for Herman Miller l...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Coffee Table, Newly Refinished
By George Nelson
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern coffee table By George Nelson for Herman Miller USA, 1950s Primavera wood, with black lacquered legs. A unique design with drawers on both ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

1960s George Nelson Ruler from the SAFETY NUMBERS Graphic Design + Clock Series
By George Nelson
Located in Washington, DC
USA, c.1960s. George Nelson & Associates Lucite Ruler from the SAFETY NUMBERS Graphic Design + Clock Series for Howard Miller. This rare example does have a small impact crack inside...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Lucite

Rare and Exclusive Loose Cushion Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in Munich, DE
By george nelson. ultra soft high qualitily leather with nice and worm patina. down filled cushions.
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1960s American Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Leather

George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller, c.1950s. This five-drawer dresser features a walnut frame with sculpted aluminum pulls and sits atop a black plinth with four short black ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Rare George Nelson MMG Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Limited production MMG (Modern Management Group) line desk by George Nelson Associates for Herman Miller 1957-1962. This utilitarian desk is finished in a trademark 'Sandstone' paint...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson Chest / Dresser for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Crockett, CA
Nice walnut gentleman's chest from the Basic Cabinet Series designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1952. There are five drawers on one side which have interior heights from 4...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury George Nelson Herman Miller Expandable Dining Table with 1 Leaf
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare Mid-Century Modern American George Nelson for Herman Miller expandable round dining table. Beautiful White Laminate table top. Solid Powder coated metal table base. Made circa 1...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Midcentury George Nelson Herman Miller Expandable Dining Table with '2' Leaves
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern American George Nelson for Herman Miller dining table. Beautiful wood walnut veneer table top. Solid walnut table base and legs. Made circa 1960 Mfg #5558 stamped ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

Early George Nelson by Herman Miller Green Leather Classic Coconut Lounge Chairs
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Early George Nelson for Herman Miller green leather original coconut lounge chairs. Featuring new Leather upholstery in rich Forest Green. Mid-Century Modern...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Chrome

Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Twin Headboards, Primavera Series, 1950s
By George Nelson
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Part of the Herman Miller Collection, early 1950s, these twin headboards by George Nelson are in the sought after Primavera wood. Wear appropriate with age and use, frames not availa...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

George Nelson Sofa Table, 1952
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in South Charleston, WV
Produced 1952 by Herman Miller, designed by George Nelson and Associates. This side table is used as a lamp table on George Nelson sofas instead of the table tops they were supplied ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Wood and Leather Office Desk for Herman Miller, USA 1948
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
From George Nelson's ground breaking 1948 group of designs for Herman Miller that put the company firmly in the ranks of post war modernism. Nelson's desk was decidedly futuristic, w...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Thin Edge Teak Five-Drawer Dresser
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful design by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Five-drawer teak chest on aluminium legs with black enameled pulls. Has drawer separate compartment dividers which can be taken out.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Teak

George Nelson Lacquered Chest of Drawers for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson lacquered chest of drawers for Herman Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Two-Tone Lacquered & Walnut Chest of Drawers for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson two-tone lacquered and walnut chest of drawers for Herman Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

George Nelson Herman Miller Style Robert John MCM Walnut Laminate Cane Exec Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller style Robert John mid century walnut laminate and cane executive desk. Main desk measures: 66 wide x 30 deep x 29.5 high with a chair clearance of 28...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

Fritz Hansen & George Nelson Stool Seat Wall Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Fritz Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage 1950s George Nelson ball clock for George Nelson and Associates and Howard Miller. This clock was designed with Irving Harper in 1949, and was the first among several iconic ...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wall Unit "Omni" System by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous wall unit by George Nelson which consists of 3 large storage cabinets, 2 smaller cabinets one with drawers, one with doors and shelves 3. Larger cabinets are 30.75 W x 18.25...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

George Nelson Bubble Floor Lamps
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Atlanta, GA
George nelson bubble floor lamps, American, circa 2000s. Signed with Herman Miller lable. These were only produced by Herman Miller as floor lamps for a limited time in the early 200...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for H. Miller Desk Model 4658 in Walnut, Leather and Steel
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, desk n. 4658, walnut, steel, leather, United States, 1946 Made of walnut with original brown leather writing surface and sliding doors, resting on...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Modern Sofa for Herman Miller in Ethereal Mint Green 1950s USA
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: George Nelson vintage sofa for Herman Miller in Ethereal Mint Green 1950s Modern USA Fabulous angled Legs. Made in the USA circa 1950s. Dimensions: 28.5 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson for Herman Miller table with a black laminate top and a clear glass top over it.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

George Nelson Dining Table
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
George Nelson walnut dining table for Herman Miller, Zeeland, Michigan. Table measures 60" wide, 36" deep and 29" high. Table has been professionally refinished. It does not have a l...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Wood

1960s Action Office Standing Desk by George Nelson, Herman Miler production
By George Nelson, Robert Propst, Herman Miller
Located in Renens, CH
1960s Action Office Standing Desk by George Nelson, Herman Miler production George Nelson, architect, designer and author is famous for several of his creations such as the Bubble...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century Chrome and Walnut End Tables, Pair
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century chrome and walnut end tables - pair Each table measures: 24 wide x 17 deep x 18.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960S
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Lasne, BE
Metal and wood desk, composed of a wooden flap that slides. Wear due to time and age of the desk. Missing crossbar that connects the 2 legs.  
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1960s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Midcentury George Nelson Hifi Cabinet Thin Edge for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this amazing Hifi cabinet designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Featuring walnut on the signature cast aluminum legs. Having one adjustable shelf on ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

Model 5751 George Nelson Cocktail Table
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in South Charleston, WV
George Nelson for Herman Miller thin edge model 5751 produced, circa 1960. Frame is polished steel coffee table. Tops and sides have been coated in black satin lacquer specifically d...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Steel

Early Tambour Roll-Top Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
Early tambour roll-top desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1960s in its original condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Chrome

George Nelson Modular Seating Set for Herman Miller, 1950s
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson modular seating set for Herman Miller 1950s in very good original condition. Medium brown fabric. Foam is not hard. This Set includes a two seater with side table, two ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Fabric

George Nelson "Half Nelson" Table Lamp Produced by Koch & Lowy, 1960s
By George Nelson, Koch & Lowy
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare table lamp in enameled metal / aluminum designed by George Nelson and produced by Koch & Lowy, USA in the 1960s. In good vintage condition with showing patina and some signs fro...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Midcentury George Nelson for Herman Miller Low Walnut Cabinet Credenza #5803
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Wonderful low cabinet by Herman Miller designed by George Nelson #5803. This beautiful dark walnut low credenza features 2x front original white sliding doors with 4 sections inside ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Metal

1956 George Nelson for Herman Miller Rare Black Frame Cabinet
By George Nelson
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
The Black Frame series, part of the Executive Office Group, was a line of luxurious office and home furnishings. In production for approximately five years, few examples are known. T...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson Thin Edge Double Dresser, Chest, Santos Palisander, Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George Nelson thin edge double dresser, chest, Santos Palisander, Herman Miller. In 1944, Life magazine published an extensive article detailing the “Storage Wall”, George Nelson’s ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Furniture

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Palisander

Action Office 1 'AO1' Storage Unit, George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Munster, NRW
Action Office 1 (AO1) storage unit no. 64915, George Nelson for Herman Miller. Freestanding shelf, which is composed of several components: the base with the self-leveling glides, a ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser
By George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut chest of drawers with aluminum pulls. Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1950s Vintage George Nelson Furniture

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Walnut

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