Design by George Nelson, 1946.
By Herman Miller.
Introduced in 1946 the Nelson™ Platform Bench was part of George Nelson's first collection for Herman Miller and still stands as a benchmark of modern design. Like much of Nelson's work, the platform bench has clean, rectilinear lines, reflecting his architectural background and his insistence on what he calls "honest" design -- that is, making an honest visual statement about an object's purpose. With its simple, spare lines, the bench is more than a resting place for people and things, it is also a striking accent - a piece of art in itself that has become a sought-after collector's item for use in a living room, vestibule, bedroom, library, office, or public area. The Bench was reintroduced by Herman Miller in 1994.
Solid maple slats are spaced to let air and light through. A clear-coat seat rests upon two finger-jointed, ebonized legs for superior strength. Use as a bench for seating, a platform for displays or a low table. Select from three sizes. An optional, custom upholstered Bench Cushion is offered in two sizes and is sold separately.
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Material(s): Solid maple
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PB48W PB60W PB72W
By: J.B., Homeowner (NY, NY)
Classic, perfectly functional bench; purchased for my entryway so I can sit down and take off my shoes without tracking mud and leaves through my apartment. Looks great. Purchase was completely uncomplicated, and assembly was easy!
Perfect entryway bench
By: smk, Homeowner (Washington, DC)
The 60" bench is an attractive, functional addition to our new home's entryway, with plenty of space underneath for stashing shoes out of sight. The experience with YLiving was great - fast shipping and with the Herman Miller sale, free shipping, and no tax the price definitely couldn't be beat.
By: Ryan F., Homeowner (San Rafael, CA)
Made in Michigan. The finest workforce in the Country. We l Always know that if it is Herman miller it is quality.
By: Paula K., Homeowner (Phoenix, AZ)
The Nelson Platform bench is perfect for the seating area in our family/ music/ Wii room. It can function as a seat or a table... and it looks classic and elegant. I'm glad we purchased from YLiving -- service was exceptional and the product arrived quicker than expected.
Enjoyable shopping experience!!
By: Ruby C., Designer (New Jersey, US)
I recently bought a Nelson Bench from Y living. I'm very happy with it and would definitely recommend that to people who are interested in designer furniture.
George Nelson's iconic bench
By: Timothy M., Architect (Chagrin Falls, OH)
No collection of classic Mid-Century Modern furniture is complete without Nelson's iconic platform bench. It rates right up there with the best of Eames, Noguchi, Saarinen and the other masters.
Well made. Beautiful piece.
By: Morgen, Homeowner (Michigan)
Love the color/finish and minimalist design. Experienced great service and quick shipping through YLiving.
By: Kaos, Designer (JAPAN)
This bench is Perfect design. The Shade is beautiful. We can use as a bench, table, or TV board.
By: Tom, Homeowner (West Bloomfield, MI)
High quality and looks great.
Excellent bench, high quality, perfectly delivered.
By: James I., Homeowner (New York, NY)
This bench is an icon - great design and beatifully executed. It was delivered without any problems and looks fantastic in the entry to the apartment. No tax, no shipping and on sale too. Well done YLiving.
By: Y. L., Designer (Urbana, IL)
The Nelson bench is beautifully crafted with clean and simple lines. It is a high quality furniture. We place it at the foyer near the front door. I choose a 60 inch length and it is just the right size. The bench is not meant to sit on comfortably for a long time because of spaces in between. But it is aesthetic to the eye and will last for a long time.
Mid-century form and function perfectly matched
By: Phil C., Homeowner (Claremont, CA)
A beautiful and very functional piece of furniture. We use it as a bench/table in our hallway (with an Eames Hang-it-all installed above it). My daughter sits on it to put on her shoes and my wife uses it as an all-purpose table. When not being used, it is lovely to look at. Very pleased.
By: B. L., Homeowner (Los Angele, CA)
Good looking bench, easy to assemble.
By: J. P., Homeowner (West Hollywood, CA)
The bench is made beautifully. Easy to assemble. The solid maple top is smooth to the touch and you can feel the quality of this Herman Miller piece. Very satisfied with my purchase!
Beautiful & strong bench. I used it with Eames Hang-It-All. I put in the the haul way. Use it everyday. Perfect. Love it.
By: Gey B., Homeowner (Edgewater,NJ)
By: Daniel T., Homeowner (Tallahassee, FL)
The Nelson Platform Bench is an icon of mid-century modernist design. This Herman Miller original is beautifully made and easy to assemble. Incredibly versatile, we currently use it as a bench at the foot of a bed. I couldn't be more pleased with this classic.
Designer: George Nelson
An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.
The first break was being named an editor of Architectural Forum magazine. Working on a story there in 1942, he was looking at aerial photos of blighted cities when--zap!--he developed the concept of the downtown pedestrian mall, which was unveiled in the Saturday Evening Post.
Soon after, another zap led to the Storagewall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. The Storagewall was showcased in a 1945 Life magazine article, causing a sensation in the furniture industry. Herman Miller founder D.J. DePree saw the article and was so impressed that he paid a visit to Nelson in New York and convinced him to be his director of design, which spurred Nelson to found his design firm, George Nelson & Associates. The warm personal and professional relationship between Nelson and DePree yielded a stunning range of products, from the playful Marshmallow Sofa to the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation.
Nelson once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." That's one reason why George Nelson & Associates worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years as they shepherded design into the modern era.
During this same period, George Nelson & Associates also created many landmark designs of products, showrooms, and exhibitions for a variety of companies and organizations.
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.
Prix de Rome for architecture, 1932
Best Office of the Year, New York Times, 1953
Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York, 1953
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, 1954
Trailblazer Award, National Home Furnishings League, 1954
Chairman, International Design Conference in Aspen, 1965, 1982
Scholar in Residence, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Design, 1984
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1991
Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.
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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