Original Herman Miller Vintage George Nelson Standing Writing Desk

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Product Description

An original solution to the potentially sedentary office environment. This vintage standing desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller was a groundbreaking design. It was noted that, during the 1950s, office work leant towards long periods of inactivity and so the standing desk was designed to meet a new demand for healthier working.

George Nelson was a big contributor to this new idea, even designing his own office work spaces which incorporated their own standing work surfaces – be it a slanted writing desk or a flat work desk. The particularly ingenious aspect of this particular piece is that it could be used either standing or by using a drafting stool; much like the grey upholstered drafting stool we currently have. This versatile approach may not have been adopted quickly, however, it is seeing a resurgence today with Herman Miller producing newer variants of the sit-to-stand desk.

Individual Characteristics

This is the perfect writing desk. The vinyl covered writing cover is in very good condition whilst the wood frame is excellent for its age though does have some small dints. The desk features a lift operated drawer which can hold paper and has small storage sections at the back along with a pull out draw to hold pens and pencils.

The desk measures: 124.46cm High x 121.29cm Wide x 77.47cm Deep.

Investment Value

The mid-century era was a melting pot for new and innovative ideas. Many designers re-designed commonplace or ordinary pieces to either develop something new or to improve upon it. Herman Miller was at the fore-front for producing many of these iconic pieces designed by some famous designers. George Nelson’s work found much success through Herman Miller and has become highly coveted due to its innovativeness and ingenuity. This particular piece, whilst rather niche, is a prime example of his capability of meeting the then current demand and producing something rather spectacular. It should see reasonable investment over time.

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