A desk that is both exquisite, yet functional? Well, it could be argued that the George Nelson swag leg desk as well as the George Nelson swag leg rectangular work table, for Herman Miller fits that description. So many desks out there appear to be heavier than a boat, literally and figerativelly taking up the entire space. In some ways, I feel like enough is enough, and this beautiful design fits that mindset perfectly. With a very clear retro look and feel, these desks and tables feel light and graceful, yet they are functional. Just like the description of the desk, it makes a lot of sense that people are starting to come back to this desk (which was designed in 1958) as they forgo desktop computers and move to laptops. Because, with a desktop, this type of desk would simply not be practical, but with light and portable laptops you have so much more flexibility in terms of the workspace, and this design suddenly works very well. The rectangular work table would be ideal if you want even more space: it can be liberating to have a large surface to stack papers, books and other things on when you're in your creative process. On the other hand, if all you need is your laptop, then going for the swag leg desk, which is substantially smaller would be just as practical.
What makes these pieces so interesting is without question the legs. They are curved and elegand and would add a nice architectural element to any space. The desks feature a walnut veneer top and chrome finished steel legs which are sculptured so beautifully.
Material: Walnut veneer, chrome finished steel
Style: Retro modern
Fits Where: A home inspired by the 1950s, or a modern home where light design takes center stage.
Price: $$$$ (The desk costs about $2000)
Indoor / Outdoor Conclusion: ++++
Nelson Swag Leg Desk
Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller
The reintroduction of George Nelson's Swag Leg Desk (1958) was driven by today's propensity for working on laptop computers. With the exception of adding cable management to suit today's compact electronics, the desk is as George Nelson designed it 50 years ago. Back then, the motivation to create such a desk began with Nelson asking "wouldn't it be beautiful to have some kind of sculptured leg on a piece of furniture?" An idea was launched, but the designer had to figure out how to make the legs of metal, machine formed and pre-finished - and all designed for quick assembly. The solution turned out to be swaging, which means using pressure to taper and curve a metal tube. Nelson had found a way to make his sculptured legs, and in the process he created a precursor to today's workstation.
Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table
Right for home or workspace, the newly reintroduced Work Table features a solid walnut stretcher that is screwed to the legs for added stability. The walnut veneered top has coordinating walnut veneer edging for a uniform profile. Chrome-finished steel legs; solid walnut stretchers; walnut veneer, or laminate top with walnut veneer edge.
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