Bench

Herman Miller Inc.

Platform bench (1946), George Nelson

George Nelson (1908–1986) was an American industrial designer and designed much of the 20th century’s most iconic modernist furniture. He had, While working as art director for the Herman Miller furniture company, he started his own design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc. George Nelson’s architectural background reflect in his designs: he insisted on ‘honest’ design—making, an honest visual statement about an object’s purpose.

The Nelson Platform Bench emerged from George Nelson’s first joined Herman Miller’s collection in 1946. Made with polished chrome or ebonized wood legs, and available in three lengths with a choice of finishes, it serves as a bench, low table, or foundation for the Basic Cabinet Series. A landmark of modern design, the bench has the clean, rectilinear ‘honest’ lines. Solid wood slats are spaced to let air and light through, sealed with a clear-coat finish, and finger-jointed for superior strength, all of which make the bench ideal for offices, public areas, and homes.

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