Nelson Platform Bench
by Herman Miller


Nelson Platform Bench

by Herman Miller
SKU# 332
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Equal parts seat and surface, the Nelson Platform Bench emerged from George Nelson's Fortune magazine office to join his first Herman Miller Collection in 1946. Made with polished chrome or ebonized wood legs, and available in three lengths with a choice of finishes, it serves as a bench, low table, or foundation for the Basic Cabinet Series.

A landmark of modern design, the bench has the clean, rectilinear lines that reflect 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. Solid wood slats are spaced to let air and light through, sealed with a clear-coat finish, and finger-jointed for superior strength, all of which make the bench ideal for offices, public areas, and homes.

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    Product Overview

    Nelson Platform Bench

    Although its name includes the word "bench," this piece of furniture has been used as a low table for decades. In fact, in Herman Miller's 1955 catalog, it stated that this bench "has proved to be one of the most flexible and useful units in the collection." The Nelson Platform Bench is perfect for any environment, personal, professional or otherwise.

    Expanded Style and Size Options

    • Wood Slatted Bench Top available in Natural Maple or Walnut wood
    • Base available in a framed ebonized wood or a slender trivalent chrome legged look
    • Glides ship with metal base, which wood ships with rubber bumpers
    • Cushion for bench is available, but not included

    Dimensions & Measurements

    Length 48", 60", 72"
    Width 18.5"
    Height 14"
    Product Options

      Product Options

      For any custom options below, call or chat with a product specialist to build.

      Bench Length

      • 48 inch length
      • 60 inch length
      • 72 inch length

      Slatted Wood Color

      • Natural Maple
      • Walnut

      Base Finish

      • Ebonized Wood
      • Trivalent Chrome

      Bench Cushion - Custom

      • 24 inch length
      • 36 inch length
      • Various Herman Miller Fabrics
      • Customer's Own Materials

    Design Story

      Modularity and multipurpose design

      George Nelson was a noted teacher and writer, as well as a designer. He studied architecture in Rome and became an influential editor of Architectural Forum while continuing to design furniture that was based on the modern European designs with which he had become familiar.

      Nelson becomes our director of design
      In 1944, Nelson introduced the idea of Storagewall, the first modular storage system. It was widely derided by the furniture industry, but our founder, D.J. De Pree, was impressed and intrigued after reading an article about Nelson's Storagewall in Life magazine. D.J. went to New York to meet Nelson in person and convince him to become Herman Miller's director of design. Nelson was equally impressed and intrigued with D.J., and Nelson agreed to the new job.

      It was meant to discourage long sitting
      Nelson continued to maintain his independent design studio while helping move Herman Miller toward contemporary furniture that fit modern post-war lifestyles and homes. He created the first version of the platform bench for his own New York office. The idea behind the design was that sitting on a slatted bench would discourage visitors from staying too long. It was one of the few George Nelson design concepts that failed. Visitors found the bench comfortable, and it drove no one away. In 1946, the bench became part of Nelson's first collection for Herman Miller.

      An Official Herman Miller Retailer

      We're an authorized Herman Miller retailer. This means we're official. We sell new factory-direct Eames chairs complete with Herman Miller's own 5-year warranty. You can purchase confidently from Office Designs knowing you'll be receiving genuine Herman Miller product.

      About the Manufacturer: Herman Miller

      Founded in 1923 and recognized today throughout the world as an innovator in office and residential furniture design, Herman Miller has been ranked since 1986 among the top ten in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the 500 most admired companies. Their pioneering research into producing environmentally responsible furniture has earned them GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification for most of their products. Aesthetically, many of Herman Miller’s iconic designs, particularly from the 1940s and 1950s, are valuable collector’s items and on permanent display in museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian Institution.

      In 1933, new furniture designs created by Herman Miller designer Gilbert Rohde exhibiting the smooth lines and unembellished shapes of the emerging mid-century modern furniture style were exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair. In 1944, Rohde’s successor George Nelson designed such enduring icons as the Platform bench, and was famously responsible for teaming the company with such influential design artists as Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi and Charles and Ray Eames. Charles Eames, widely regarded as a genius in contemporary furniture design, produced one of Herman Miller’s most successful products in 1956, the elegant Eames Lounge chair. In 1994, Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf introduced a new office chair called Aeron (derived from the word aeration, which describes how the mesh suspension promotes comfort), which became an immediate worldwide success and earned a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as well. Today, Herman Miller continues to attract world-famous designers like Jeff Weber, Jerome Caruso, the Studio 7.5 Design Team in Berlin, Yves Behar, Mark Goetz and many more.

      If the purpose of design is to solve problems, and the relationship between design and business is synergistic, then Herman Miller today continues to be in the vanguard of design as a fundamental part of strategic planning.


    Care & Maintenance

      Manufacturer's Warranty

      The Nelson Platform Bench comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.


      Assembly Instructions

      Assembly Instructions can be found here.