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Wednesday
Mar122014

Nelson Update

Unlikely Creatures assisted by Eli Allen

George Nelson's Platform Bench is one of the most recognizable pieces of furniture ever produced.  Its iconicity owes as much to its usefulness as it does to its handsome form and material palette.  Herman Miller first produced the bench in 1946 as a pedestal for small cabinets, but its ability to function as seating and as a low table created broader appeal.  It is an example of a mid-century design strategy we might call A Place For Everything, in which a simple form provides a universal solution to multiple problems.  In recent years, this strategy has given way to another that we might call Everything In Its Place, in which a multiple specific solutions integrate into a single form.  Nelson Update re-imagines the Platform Bench within this contemporary design approach, using Nelson's language to tell a slightly different story about the way we live now.

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