George Nelson’s Platform Bench (1946) is one of the great icons of mid-century
modernism. For Herman Miller’s influential design director, utility was as important
as beauty, and his spare rectangular bench is the result of this belief. It serves
equally well as table, platform base or seating, depending on need and situation.
No wonder it’s been called timeless; something this functional never dates. The
Platform Bench’s legs are ebonized and finger-jointed for superior strength; also
available with metal legs. The optional Bench Cushion is upholstered in felt to add
comfort and color to this iconic piece. Ships with legs unattached; simple assembly required. This is the authentic Nelson Bench produced by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
Constructed with solid maple or walnut, this piece showcases the natural variations
in wood; slight color differences from slat to slat should be expected.
Solid maple or walnut slats with clear-coat finish; finger-jointed ebonized maple legs; rubber bumpers; optional cushion with felt upholstery.
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 >