George Nelson followed Gilbert Rohde’s as design director at Herman Miller in 1946.
The Nelson Bench was an element from Nelson’s first collection.
The clean, rectilinear lines reflected designer George Nelson's architectural background and his insistence on what he called "honest" design - making an honest visual statement about an object's purpose. The bench serves as a multipurpose display and resting place in offices, public areas, and homes.
Utility was, to him, 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.