Vintage Mid Century George Nelson 40″ wide Gentlemens Secretary Chest




Herman Miller
George Nelson

George Nelson (1908-1986) was an important modernist whose work cut across the fields of interior, industrial and exhibition design. Nelson studied architecture at Yale University in the 1920s, and in the next two decades earned a strong reputation as a writer on design for Architectural Forum, Interiors and Fortune.

In 1945 Nelson began a long association with the Herman Miller Furniture Company of Zeeland, Michigan, where as head designer he developed an innovative line of furniture and commissioned new designs from others. His first commission was Isamu Noguchi`s biomorphic glass-topped coffee table, which began production in 1947, the first of many designs that the sculptor would create for Herman Miller in the late Forties. Nelson also was responsible for bringing the designs of Charles Eames to Herman Miller, and he collaborated with R. Buckminster Fuller on a number of projects.

Among Nelson`s own creations are classic works of Fifties design, including the bubble lamp, ball clock, marshmallow sofa and the pole-supported wall-storage system. Nelson also designed numerous exhibitions, including the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, and the Chrysler Corporation display at the 1964 New York World`s Fair.

Vintage Mid Century George Nelson Walnut Secretary

1960s

A great example of early George Nelson design. Secretary desk and dresser in walnut with a drop-down work surface and storage/dividers and shelving inside. Three drawers below. Hairpin legs and chrome pulls.

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40″ W x 18.5″ D x 39.5″ H

Desk area when open
38.25″ W x 24.85″ D x 19.5″ H

Very Good Vintage
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