nelson thin edge chest

nelson thin edge chest

Design George Nelson™, 1952
Plywood, veneer, polished aluminum, metal
Made by Herman Miller®

"Design is a response to social change."
-George Nelson

Designed to look and feel exquisite, these cabinets, chests, and cases were produced in 1952 as application of George Nelson's continuing exploration of storage furniture, first introduced in 1945 in a Life magazine feature on his modular “Storagewall” concept.

Originally called the Rosewood Group due to its use of rosewood veneer, this group was later renamed after the feature that gives it its aesthetic quality: the thin edge framing the doors and drawers. Fifty years since they were last available, the pieces are updated with environmentally sustainable veneers and finishing processes, including santos palisander, which shares - and honors - the rich personality of rosewood.

The chest features your choice of either three or four drawers built of solid wood construction with soft closing slides. It's also available with polished aluminum legs with adjustable glides and your choice of two drawer pulls. Back panel can be requested finished to match or unfinished (matte black). Ships partially assembled, draw pulls need to be attached. This series consists of a buffet unit, chest of drawers, and a cabinet with doors.

Please note:
- walnut/dark brown combination, the case finish is walnut & drawers/door fronts are dark brown walnut.
- white ash/walnut combination, the case finish if white ash & drawers/door fronts are walnut.

chest: 18.5” d | 34” w | 28.6” h

3-drawer: $4,229.00 + free threshold delivery in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 6-8 weeks)

George Nelson

George Nelson (1908–1986) was an American industrial designer, and one of the founders of American Modernism. While Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company, both Nelson, and his design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc., designed much of the 20th century's most iconic modernist furniture. George Nelson attended Yale University, not originally intending become an architect. He happened upon the architecture school while ducking into the building to get out of the rain, and was impressed by an exhibition inside. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1928. During his final year at Yale, Nelson was hired by the architecture firm Adams and Prentice as a drafter.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.
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