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Nelson Platform Bench

Designer: George Nelson
Introduced in 1946, the Nelson Platform Bench remains a landmark of modern design. A versatile piece that serves many purposes.

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Nelson Platform Bench

More than a Bench

The striking bench is whatever you need it to be. Seating. A low table for magazines, books, your MP3 dock. A platform for the Nelson basic cabinet series.

The clean, linear lines reflect designer George Nelson's insistence on honest design–making a visual statement that defines an object's purpose. Now available in two styles–with ebonized wood legs and or chrome legs.

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  • Strong. Airy. The Best of Both.

    Strong. Airy. The Best of Both.

    The bench is strong enough to hold you—or whatever you want it to hold. But its strength is belied by its sleek and airy appearance. The bench is made of solid maple slats, spaced to let air and light through, and sealed with a clear-coat finish. The wood legs are ebonized and finger-jointed.

  • Three Sizes

    Three Sizes

    The bench is 14 inches tall and 18 1/2 inches deep and available in three widths—48, 60, and 72 inches. The wood legs are ebonized and finger—jointed.

  • Choose Your Legs

    Choose Your Legs

    Ebonized, finger-jointed wood legs or cantilevered polished chrome legs with leveling glides.

  • Three Sizes

    Pairs With Nelson Cabinets

    Why shouldn't storage look beautiful in your home? The Nelson platform bench can be used with George Nelson's basic cabinet series in a variety of ways. Set smaller cabinets on top of the bench. Place larger cabinets next to it. Use them in your dining area, bedrooms, even bathrooms.

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I recently spied a picture that featured what appeared quite a bit like a George Nelson bench, but utilizing a solid walnut slatted top and solid maple for the base. As I am such a fan of the classic bench, the thought of the new combination has me intrigued. Could this ever be this added as a new materials option or possibly a Select Program (2011--please?) release for the future? With the new Ash options for the Noguchi cocktail table base and the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, plus the stunning Eames Aluminum group for outdoor in the white finish... I would be thrilled to see a new but still classic twist to a legendary design!
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We're willing to say anything is possible and a Nelson Bench in a walnut/maple combo certainly evokes some wonderful imagery.

We can tell you that the 2011 Herman Miller Select product is not the walnut/maple Nelson Bench. However, the 2011 Select product release is just around the corner and will debut in August! If you are a fan of George Nelson, we think you will be very impressed by this year's choice for the Select program.

There has been great reception for the Select program and we intend to continue it for a long time to come. Anything is possible with a new take on existing products. Stay tuned, and thanks for the wonderful suggestion.
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Are there any labels or distinguishing marks on the Nelson Platform Bench? How can one spot an original versus a fake?
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The Nelson Platform Bench is delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a medal medallion attached to the underside of the bench with designer George Nelson's signature. Attached is a sample of the medallion you will see on an authentic Nelson Platform Bench.
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The weight of the 5ft Nelson Platform bench is 33 lbs for both the wood and metal base versions.

Weights for the additional sizes offered on our online store:

48" Wide = 28 lbs
72" Wide = 39 lbs

If there is anything else we can help you with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202 or send us an email at hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
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George Nelson The greatest design of the 20th Century. I own three originals (two 72" and one 48") from Zeeland, Michigan. Handed down from my parents. "Great design doesn't go out of fashion." (tm) April 6, 2014