This is an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC mid-century modern 5476 lounge chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller!!!! Yes, you heard that right!! It is comprised of a phenomenal warm walnut frame with a floating seat and back, an apron under the seat, lovely, angled arms, and it wears a FABULOUS fuchsia fabric. This awesome lounge chair has been in our long-lost storage for quite a few years, and we have just recently had the time to restore it to its original beauty. And It. Is. GORGEOUS!!! Although it is not marked, we have authenticated it through the George Nelson Foundation. It would be wonderful in the corner of your bedroom, next to a brilliant floor lamp in the sitting room, across from the sofa in your living room, or next to an accent table in the family room. It’s super comfortable, versatile enough to blend in with many décor styles, and bursting with mid-century modern MAGNIFICENCE!!!
George Nelson, designer, architect, and author was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1908. He studied at Yale earning a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 1928 and 1931 respectively. He also studied at the Catholic University in Washington DC where he won the Rome Prize which may have been the turning point in his life. While there he met and interviewed 12 leading architects of the time including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, and Walter Gropius. These interviews were published in the magazine Pencil Points. Then as associate editor of Architecture Forum and Fortune magazine’s Nelson’s writing drew the attention of D. J. DePree, president of Herman Miller, resulting in Nelson creating his first design for Herman Miller in 1945 and subsequently becoming their Design Director in 1947. While at Herman Miller Nelson was involved in the design of hundreds of furniture pieces and recruited iconic design talents including Isamu Noguchi and Charles and Ray Eames. George Nelson also launched a studio in New York to design furniture, architecture, graphics, and exhibitions for clients of the likes of General Electric, Olivetti, Abbott, and more. The studio went by various names, but it always included incredible designers such as George Tscherny, Gordon Chadwick, Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves, and Arthur Drexler, to name a few. Many landmark designs came from this man and his studio. George Nelson passed away in New York in 1986 at the age of 77.
Herman Miller started life as Star furniture Co. in Zeeland, Michigan in 1905, a producer of high-quality furniture. Becoming Michigan Star Furniture Co in 1919, and then in 1923, when long time employee Dirk Jan De Pree and his father-in-law purchased 51% of the company stock, it was renamed Herman Miller Furniture Company. And remained so until the 1960s when it became Herman Miller, Inc. Until the 1930s they produced only traditional wood furniture, but the Great Depression caused a need for change, and they hired modernist Gilbert Rohde who took the company in a new successful direction. Upon Rohde’s death in 1944 he was replaced by none other than the renowned George Nelson. Working with the likes of not only Charles and Ray Eames but Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, and Robert Propst, to name just a few, Nelson led Herman Miller to became one of the finest names in furniture and design.
Iconic designer and manufacturer, considerable comfort, and THIS COLOR!!!! We are in LOVE with this George Nelson 5476 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller… surely you are too? Well, what are you waiting for? Make it YOURS!!!!