George Nelson or George Nelson Associates was a design studio started by, as the name suggests, Director of Design for Herman Miller George Nelson in 1947. The company brought in top designers such as Irving Harper, Ernest Farmer, and George Mulhauser, to create 20th century modernist furniture and develop exhibitions and graphics. As such, modernism was the motivating force for the studio. George Nelson sought to incorporate design in all areas, from image management to signage and went on to work with nearly all the Fortune 500 companies of the time.

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Nelson Pedestal Side Table

The Nelson Pedestal Side Table is adaptable to many spaces and uses, offering a perfect blend of form and purpose for homes and offices alike. This table accommodates everything from living room to waiting room. It incorporates the classic Nelson clean lines and sleek design, with a round top covered in laminate or veneer.

The Nelson Pedestal Side Table has an overall height of 21.5” (54.6 cm) and diameter of 17” (43.2 cm).

Pair of dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Pedestal Side Table with measurements for diameter and height
The Nelson Pedestal Side Table is adaptable to many spaces and uses, offering a perfect blend of form and purpose for homes and offices alike. This table accommodates everything from living room to waiting room. It incorporates the classic Nelson clean lines and sleek design, with a round top.

The Nelson Pedestal Side Table has an overall height of 21.5” (54.6 cm) and diameter of 17” (43.2 cm).

Pair of dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Pedestal Side Table with measurements for diameter and height
Nelson Pedestal Side Table
Height:
21.5” | 54.6 cm
Width:
17” | 43.2 cm
Length:
Depth:
17” | 43.2 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Polished or white powder-coated aluminum base; MDF top with white ash, maple, white laminate, or palisander veneer
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1954

Drawings include:
Nelson Pedestal Side Table front elevation, plan

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Nelson Daybed - Side Bolster

The Nelson Daybed with side bolsters is built with detail attention to fit many settings such as homes and offices by bringing multi-functional sophistication. With the side bolster, you can transition from elegant seating to a lightweight bed, ideal for relaxation, reading, and a full night's rest in modern living.

The Nelson Daybed with Side Bolster has an overall height of 27.25” (69 cm), width of 75” (191 cm) and depth of 33” (84 cm). The Nelson Daybed with Side Bolster has a seat height of 15.25” (39 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Daybed with Side Bolster with height, width, depth and seat height measurements
The Nelson Daybed with Side Bolsters is built with detail attention to fit many settings such as homes and offices by bringing multi-functional sophistication. With the side bolster, you can transition from elegant seating to a lightweight bed, ideal for relaxation, reading, and rest.

The Nelson Daybed with Side Bolster has an overall height of 27.25” (69 cm), width of 75” (191 cm) and depth of 33” (84 cm). The Nelson Daybed with Side Bolster has a seat height of 15.25” (39 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Daybed with Side Bolster with height, width, depth and seat height measurements
Nelson Daybed - Side Bolster
Height:
27.25” | 69 cm
Width:
75” | 191 cm
Length:
Depth:
33” | 84 cm
Seat Height
15.25” | 39 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Solid walnut or white ash frame and legs; high density foam cushions
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1950

Drawings include:
Nelson Daybed - Side Bolster front elevation, side, plan

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Nelson Platform Bench - Metal Legs
Drawing of the Nelson Platform Bench with Metal legs with a man sitting for scale

The Nelson Platform Bench with Metal Legs is a multi-functional rectangular midcentury bench that can be used flexible as a seat, as a table, or as a supporting base as necessary. Designed by George Nelson in 1946, the Nelson Platform Bench is constructed using finger-jointed solid maple or walnut connections and is set on slender chrome legs. A design variation with trapezoidal wooden legs is also available.

The Nelson Platform Bench comes in three lengths: a short bench of 48” (121.9 cm), mid-sized at 60” (152.4 cm), and a long length of 72” (182.9 cm). The bench has a height of 14” (35.6 cm) with a depth of 18.5” (47 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Platform Bench with Metal Legs showing front, side, and plan views
The Nelson Platform Bench with Metal Legs is a multi-functional mid-century bench that can be used flexible as a seat, a table, or as a supporting base. Designed by George Nelson in 1946, the Nelson Platform Bench is constructed using finger-jointed wood connections set on slender chrome legs.

The Nelson Platform Bench comes in three lengths: a short bench of 48” (121.9 cm), mid-sized at 60” (152.4 cm), and a long length of 72” (182.9 cm). The bench has a height of 14” (35.6 cm) with a depth of 18.5” (47 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Platform Bench with Metal Legs showing front, side, and plan views
Nelson Platform Bench - Metal Legs
Height:
14” | 36 cm
Width:
Length:
48"-72” | 122-183 cm
Depth:
18.5” | 47 cm
Weight:
Area:

Length (Small): 48.0” | 122 cm
Length (Medium): 60.0” | 152 cm
Length (Large): 72.0” | 183 cm

Materials
Maple or walnut slats; chrome metal legs
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1946

Drawings include:
Nelson Platform Bench - Metal Legs front elevation, front (man sitting), side, plan, front/plan (long), front/plan (short)

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Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps

The Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps are a collection of three mid-century spherical lighting fixtures made by stretching a translucent plastic film over an internal steel wire skeleton. Inspired by silk and paper hanging lamps, George Nelson created the Nelson Pendant Lamps in 1952 as a diverse collection of shapes and sizes that could be used individually or grouped together for a myriad of uses and environments. Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps comes in three specific sizes from small to large.

The small pendant has a diameter of 12.75” (32 cm) and height of 12” (30.5 cm). The medium pendant has a diameter of 19” (48 cm) and height of 15.5” (39 cm). The large pendant has a diameter of 26.75” (68 cm) and height of 23.5” (60 cm). The Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps have a cord length of 6’ (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings showing the variations of the Nelson Ball Pendant Lamp in small, medium, and large sizes
The Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps are a collection of three mid-century spherical lighting fixtures designed by George Nelson (1952) made by stretching a translucent plastic film over an internal steel wire skeleton. Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps comes in three distinct sizes from small to large.

The small pendant has a diameter of 12.75” (32 cm) and height of 12” (30.5 cm). The medium pendant has a diameter of 19” (48 cm) and height of 15.5” (39 cm). The large pendant has a diameter of 26.75” (68 cm) and height of 23.5” (60 cm). The Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps have a cord length of 6’ (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings showing the variations of the Nelson Ball Pendant Lamp in small, medium, and large sizes
Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps
Height:
12”-23.5” | 30.5-60 cm
Width:
12.75”-26.75” | 32-68 cm
Length:
Depth:
12.75”-26.75” | 32-68 cm
Weight:
Area:

Small:
Diameter: 12.75” | 32 cm
Height: 12” | 30.5 cm

Medium:
Diameter: 19” | 48 cm
Height: 15.5” | 39 cm

Large:
Diameter: 26.75” | 68 cm
Height: 23.5” | 60 cm

Cord Length: 6’ | 1.83 m
Bulb: LED, CFL, incandescent E26, 150W (Max)

Materials
Plastic polymer, steel frame
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1952

Drawings include:
Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps side elevation (small), side (medium), side (large)

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Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps
Illustration of a single Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp

The Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps are a collection of four mid-century saucer-shaped lighting fixtures made by stretching a translucent plastic film over an internal steel wire skeleton. Inspired by silk and paper hanging lamps, George Nelson created the Nelson Pendant Lamps in 1952 as a diverse collection of shapes and sizes that could be used individually or grouped together for a myriad of uses and environments. Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps comes in four distinct sizes from small to x-large.

The small Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp has a diameter of 17.5” (44.5 cm) and height of 7” (18 cm). The medium pendant has a diameter of 25” (63.5 cm) and height of 10” (25 cm). The large pendant has a diameter of 35” (89 cm) and height of 14” (36 cm). The x-large pendant has a diameter of 50” (127 cm) and height of 22” (56 cm). The small, medium, and large Nelson Saucer Pendant lamps have a cord length of 6’ (1.83 m), while the x-large lamps have a length of 9’ (2.7 m).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp with variations for small, medium, large and x-large sizes
The Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps are a collection of four mid-century saucer-shaped lighting fixtures designed by George Nelson (1952) made by stretching a translucent plastic film over an internal steel wire skeleton. Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps comes in four distinct sizes from small to x-large.

The small Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp has a diameter of 17.5” (44.5 cm) and height of 7” (18 cm). The medium pendant has a diameter of 25” (63.5 cm) and height of 10” (25 cm). The large pendant has a diameter of 35” (89 cm) and height of 14” (36 cm). The x-large pendant has a diameter of 50” (127 cm) and height of 22” (56 cm). The small, medium, and large Nelson Saucer Pendant lamps have a cord length of 6’ (1.83 m), while the x-large lamps have a length of 9’ (2.7 m).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp with variations for small, medium, large and x-large sizes
Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps
Height:
7”-22” | 18-56 cm
Width:
17.5”-50” | 44.5-127 cm
Length:
Depth:
17.5”-50” | 44.5-127 cm
Weight:
Area:

Small:
Diameter: 17.5” | 44.5 cm
Height: 7” | 18 cm

Medium:
Diameter: 25” | 63.5 cm
Height: 10” | 25 cm

Large:
Diameter: 35” | 89 cm
Height: 14” | 36 cm

X-Large:
Diameter: 50” | 127 cm
Height: 22” | 56 cm

Cord Length: 6’ | 1.83 m (Small-Large), 9’ | 2.7 m (XL)
Bulb: LED, CFL, incandescent E26, 60W Small (Max) - 150W Large (Max)

Materials
Plastic polymer, steel frame
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1952

Drawings include:
Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamps side elevation (small), side (medium), side (large), side (x-large)

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