Director of design at Herman Miller from 1945 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. His Pedestal Stool (1954) fits very well in casual spaces that require easy-to-rearrange seating. It features the clean lines and elegant simplicity typical of Nelson, with an upholstered seat pad that echoes Nelson’s iconic Marshmallow Sofa and the same sculptural white aluminum base as Nelson pedestal tables, its siblings. Designed to be functional yet unobtrusive, this stool is small enough to store in a closet when not in use. Eco-friendly as it is sightly, its polyester upholstery is devoid of antimony, a known industrial pollutant. Mix and match colors to liven up living spaces, or stick to one hue for bold uniformity. 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.
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 >