Director of design at Herman Miller from 1946 to 1972, George Nelson helped make the company what it is today. He not only recruited influential designers Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi but also created a portfolio of work that helped shape and grow modern design. Providing a balanced combination of style and function for homes and offices alike, his Pedestal Coffee Table (1954) is adaptable to many spaces and uses. From living room to waiting room, this table accommodates everything from vases and mugs to books and magazines. It features the clean lines and elegant simplicity typical of Nelson, with a round top covered in laminate or veneer mounted on a polished or white aluminum base. Self-leveling glides adjust to uneven floor surfaces. This original is an authentic product of Herman Miller, Inc. Nelson is a trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
MDF top; white laminate with maple edge, white ash veneer or palisander veneer; polished or white powder-coated aluminum base.
Possessing of one of the most inventive minds of the century, George Nelson is one of those rare people who can envision what isn't there yet. Nelson himself has described his creative abilities as a series of "zaps" flashes of inspiration and clarity that he was able to turn into innovative design ideas.
One such "zap!" came in 1942 when Nelson conceived the pedestrian shopping mall detailed in his "Grass on Main Street" proposal. Soon after, he pioneered the concept of built-in storage with Storagewall, a system of storage units that rested on slatted platform benches. The first modular storage system ever, it was showcased in Life magazine and caused an immediate sensation in the furniture industry. Read more >