The journey from elaborate to simplistic designing began gradually in the furniture industry. The mid centuries i.e. the period from 1940s-1060s saw vast developments in the art of furniture making and some masterpieces which are craved for till date.
One such artifact designed by the then Director of Design, Herman Miller, the George Nelson Bench continues to be a piece of interest with its remarkable history as a breakthrough artifact that changed the concept of modern furniture. The design inspired by geometric shapes displays beautiful graphics through its seemingly simple structure. The platform bench has some slats arranged in a parallel manner with space between and makes the table top. On the other ebonized trapezoid legs support it.
The table expresses simplicity in the most exquisite manner. Simply constructed from wood, the table can wonderfully enhance a room’s décor. The Nelson bench was initially designed for the purpose of seating people in the waiting are. However in the past decades, it is known for its amazing versatility.
Through the years many furniture makers have come up with its variants like aluminum legs, narrow slats, colorful platform and much more. The reproductions are being done based on the taste and preferences of the people. Since the average population finds the Nelson bench more apt for a coffee table than a simply waiting area bench, manufacturers are flirting with the design a little to give that fresh look, consumers so like.
However, with replicas you need to be careful. Either you get a birch or solid wood. Buying one with veneer does not guarantee a good durability period. But if it is merely for décor than utility purposes, there is no harm in getting a veneered platform bench.
The George Nelson bench has been extensively used as garden benches and as a coffee table since its reproduction. However, new modes of uses are coming to the limelight with passing time. Nowadays, this versatile piece finds unique use in kitchens and bathrooms. Weird right? Actually, no. Since the bench is quite simple and easy to handle it can be used in various places in the home without worrying about its safety. Moreover, it comes in different sizes to suit the varying demands of the consumer base.
The enigmatic presence of this item has made it a décor accessory in itself. It can make your empty corridor visibly interesting by just being there. If you talk about gardens and patios, it is perhaps the most perfect addition. In bedrooms, you can use it as a footrest by placing it against the foot of the bed.
When the masterpiece was manufactured in the 1940s, it was counted as the simplest concept among the other three popular mid century classics. However, now the Nelson bench has become a cult among the décor lovers. Pairing the Nelson Bench with a Saarinen womb chair, Swan Chair or Marshmallow sofa is an amazing idea. If you have a rather simple rectangular dining table you can accentuate with this bench by substituting it for chairs. On an afterthought, this combo would look rather good in patios and sprawling gardens.