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George Nelson for Herman Miller L-Shaped Executive Desk, 1950s

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A rare and outstanding Mid-Century Modern L-shaped executive desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The desk features gorgeous walnut wood grain, with sleek metal feet and hardware. The credenza offers ample room for storage with five drawers and two storage cabinets behind two sliding doors. There is a unique additional storage cabinet on the end of the credenza. There are two more deep drawers on the desk pedestal offering additional storage. The original George Nelson for Herman Miller label is present. The desk is finished on all sides and can be used in the centre of an office or den. It has been professionally refinished and is in excellent condition. Additional measurements: The desk measures 84" W x 36" D x 29.63" H. The credenza measures 80" W x 18.5" D x 25.75" H.

Details

  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    The desk has been refinished and is in excellent condition. Very minor wear from age and use. Additional photos available upon request.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 29.63 in. x W 84 in. x D 91 in.

    H 75.27 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 231.14 cm

  • Seller location
    South Bend, IN
  • Reference number
    LU2745310723023

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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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