Friday, May 06, 2005

Nelson Miniature Chests Reintroduced at ICFF 2005

Herman Miller for the Home is bringing back another classic to the North American marketplace, the Nelson Miniature Chests designed in 1952 by George Nelson. The return of the delicately crafted chests is timed to coincide with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2005. Herman Miller will be showing the chests in Booth 1012 of New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center during the May 14-17 gathering.

The chests are available in six-drawer and nine-drawer models, and come with two base options. They are made of teak stained with a rosewood finish. The suggested retail price ranges from $999 to $1395.

"The Nelson Miniature Chests are extremely popular with collectors," said Marg Mojzak, senior manager of Sales, Marketing and Distribution. "And for the growing number of people who love mid-century modern pieces, the return of the Miniature Chests will be warmly welcomed. They are beautiful, flexible, and work well with a wide range of decors."

George Nelson designed the chests soon after returning from his first trip to Tokyo in 1951. The chests echoed Japanese tansu, cabinets with many small drawers. They were intended, in Nelson's view, to demonstrate what he liked most about Japanese design--"a sense of fitness in the relationship between hand, material, use, and shape."

The reintroduced chests have hand-fitted drawers to ensure proper alignment. Each of the models has one "jewelry" drawer with dividers to organize and store smaller items.

"It's always a pleasure to add another George Nelson design to the collection of classics at Herman Miller for the Home," added Gregg VanderKooi, product manager. "The Nelson Miniature Chests will have big appeal in the marketplace."

Nelson Miniature Chests are covered by the Herman Miller warranty for one year.

Herman Miller for the Home products are available at select retailers and online stores. A complete listing may be found at HermanMiller.com. Herman Miller also is making the reintroduced Nelson chests available to contract customers through its dealer distribution channel.

Herman Miller provides complete solutions that help create great places to work. Through research, design, manufacture, and distribution of innovative interior furnishings, complemented by furniture management and strategic consulting services, the company serves organizations and individuals around the world. During fiscal 2004, Herman Miller's award-winning products and services generated $1.34 billion in revenue. In 2005, the company was again cited in Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and was named among Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol MLHR.

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