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Design by George Nelson, 1952.
By Herman Miller.
Japan had a profound effect on George Nelson. During his first trip to Tokyo in 1951 and several more that decade, Nelson became fascinated with all things Japanese. That influence is evident in the 1952 design of his Miniature Chests. Reminiscent of tansu, cabinets with many small drawers used for storing a variety of items, the Nelson Miniature Chests provide wonderful little places to keep things. An interesting addition to nearly any room — whether at home or the office — these chests embody what Nelson appreciated most in Japanese design: "a sense of fitness in the relationship between hand, material, use, and shape."
This 6-Drawer Chest with Base includes a laminate top with drawers arranged in two vertical rows of three and a four-star aluminum base with adjustable glides. Cabinetmakers hand fit each drawer for proper alignment and to ensure the wood-on-wood drawer glides operate smoothly. Available in several woods with laminate top, drawer pull and base finish options. Also offered with Chest only.
Nelson miniature chests are covered by the Herman Miller warranty for five years.
Material(s): Walnut, ash or teak wood, laminate, aluminum
Dimensions: 30.25"W X 13"D X 26.25"H
Designer: George Nelson
When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps" — moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."
Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as antihuman." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.
Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.View other products by George Nelson
Manufacturer: Herman Miller
Herman Miller has been dedicated to design for more than 75 years. With a design legacy that began under the leadership of Gilbert Rohde and George Nelson in the 1930s and 40s, the company gained a worldwide following for its modern furniture collection by the early 1950s, with chairs, sofas and tables for home and office by designers like Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. These icons of modern design developed products that still endure today. And, through continued innovation at the company and a new generation of designers and ideas, the products that Herman Miller makes today will endure for decades to come.
Herman Miller works for a better world around you. They do this by designing furnishings that improve the human experience - from pioneering the way for ergonomic office seating and furniture to stewarding environmental leadership in its business and manufacturing processes, product material useage and product life cycles. Herman Miller's longstanding commitment to the world around us continues to drive design solutions for the modern home and workspace. The company continues to develop its designer relationships with names like Yves Behar, Jeff Weber and Studio 7 adding lighting, storage and office collections to its catalog of design classics.View other products from Herman Miller