Nelson™ Platform Bench

Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller®


Item Number: 9135725
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We want you to be delighted with your new purchase. If you need to make a return, we're here to help. Please review your item(s) upon delivery. If there is an issue with your order, contact your local DWR Studio or our customer service team at 800.944.2233  or service@dwr.com within three (3) days of receipt. If you receive a damaged, defective, or incorrect item, we’ll make it right.


We have a few things to keep in mind during the return process:


- Returns must be received in original condition within 30 days of receipt.

- Shipping charges are non-refundable. You will be responsible for outbound and return shipping and delivery charges.

- Returns are accepted only at our warehouse—not at DWR Studios, DWR Outlets, or company headquarters.

- Your refund will be reduced by a restocking charge equal to 10% of the purchase price (accessories, bedding, Sonno mattresses*, and towels are exempt).

- Credit card orders will receive refunds in the form of a credit back to the original account.

- Check and cash payments will be returned via a refund check or DWR Merchandise Credit.

- Be sure to retain the original packing materials, receipt, and all merchandise tags for returns. 


What can’t you return or exchange?


- Custom or special order furniture.

- Floor samples and items purchased from DWR Outlets and eBay.



What if I need to cancel my order?


We can accept cancellation of your order for items that have not yet shipped or are on backorder. In-stock items normally ship within 24–48 hours after an order has been placed.  Once an item has shipped, cancellation is not possible. 


- If you order by credit card, your card will be charged as each item is shipped.

- Custom and special order items cannot be canceled.



What about the 100-Night Sonno® Mattress* Sleep Trial?


Try Sonno risk-free for up to 100 nights (with a minimum of 30). If you decide to return the mattress, contact your local DWR Studio or call 800.944.2233 for a refund and free pickup. 


- One sleep trial per household annually. 

- Delivery fees nonrefundable.



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Bench, table or both?

George Nelson’s Platform Bench (1946) is one of the greatest icons of midcentury modernism. For Herman Miller’s influential design director, utility was as important as beauty, and his spare rectangular bench is a result of this belief. Originally designed for his own office, where Nelson hoped the slatted top would discourage visitors from sitting too long, this piece serves equally well as bench or table, depending on need and situation, and can be ganged together to create one long bench or one extra wide table. No wonder it’s been called timeless: Something this functional never dates. The Platform Bench’s wood legs are ebonized and finger-jointed for superior strength; also available with metal legs. This is the authentic Nelson Bench produced by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.

A true one of a kind.

Constructed of solid wood, this piece showcases natural grain variations; slight color differences from slat to slat should be expected. Ships with base unattached; simple assembly required.

  • Solid wood construction with an airy slatted top.
  • Originally designed for George Nelson’s own office.
  • Serves equally well as bench or table.
  • Exposed contrasting joinery.


George Nelson
George Nelson

U.S.A. (1908–1986)

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was the rare person who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps” – flashes of inspiration and clarity that he turned into innovative design ideas.

One such “zap” came in 1942, when Nelson conceived the first-ever pedestrian shopping mall – ...

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Product Details


Small H 14" W 48" D 18.5" Nelson™ Platform Bench
Medium H 14" W 60" D 18.5"
Large H 14" W 72" D 18.5"


Solid maple or walnut slats with clear-coat finish; finger-jointed ebonized maple legs; rubber bumpers.

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April 7, 2020
A Piece of Art
Very special piece from the modern art history. He was a very kind person promoting a young designer after a furniture design competition in Paris resided as a jury, he wrote an article about it on an architectural magazine in U.S. It was my honor to get to know him.
February 22, 2020
Great bench.
February 20, 2020
Underpriced and a real bargain
Very under-priced and beautiful item. Should be at least 10x the listed price for this elegant furniture composed of glued wood.
August 30, 2019
The Nelson Platform Bench is a statement piece in my entry. It is also very comfortable to sit on and can be used as a table as well -- but I don't use it for either because it is much too beautiful and I don't want to damage it.
January 6, 2019
Work of art!
I could not feed my children for five months but at least they had a beautiful place to sit and starve.
January 1, 2019
Beautiful piece!
So simple and elegant. Easy to install and light enough so I can move around if needed!
October 15, 2018
Great, multipurpose, functional piece. Easy to assemble.
March 10, 2018

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