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Product Story

Product Story

The solid wood Nelson Miniature Chest, inspired by Japanese design, provides lots of wonderful little spaces to keep wonderful little things. Made with hand-fitted drawers—the kind of American craftsmanship designer George Nelson insisted upon in 1952 and that is harder and harder to find. Offered in several sizes and drawer configurations, with or without pedestals, these chests make an interesting addition to any room in the home or office.

Arts and Craftsmanship

Arts and Craftsmanship

There’s just no getting around this fact: a well-made drawer is fitted by hand. For these chests, our U.S.-based cabinetmakers hand fit each drawer for proper alignment to ensure that the wood-on-wood drawer glides operate smoothly and will continue to do so. Each model has one jewelry drawer, with dividers, to organize and store small items.

Design Choices

Design Choices

The design of these chests is true to the George Nelson original: the chests are available in teak and other solid woods.

The six-drawer chest. Drawers are arranged vertically or in two rows of three, with white or laminate top. With or without a pedestal base. A chest without pedestal can sit on top of another piece of furniture; brass glides add protection. With the pedestal base, the six-drawer chest is like a small table with drawers.

The nine-drawer chest. Drawers are arranged vertically. With or without pedestal base. Metal pedestal base. Four-star, painted white, black, or polished aluminum. Metal drawer pulls are painted white or black.

Design Story

Japan had a profound effect on George Nelson. During his first trip to Tokyo in 1951, and during several more that decade, Nelson became fascinated with all things Japanese. He designed these delicately crafted chests soon after returning from that first Tokyo visit.

The chests echo tansu, Japanese mobile storage chests that typically contain many small drawers. Nelson said he intended them to demonstrate what he liked most about Japanese design—“a sense of fitness in the relationship between hand, material, and shape.”

Designed to look and feel exquisite, the chests are another application of George Nelson’s exploration of storage furniture, first introduced in 1945 in a Life magazine feature on his modular “Storagewall.” They were originally released in 1952 as part of Nelson’s “Rosewood Group”—a series of customizable cases in rosewood. As the veneer range expanded and design details were standardized, the pieces were again renamed in 1958, this time after the feature that gives them their unique aesthetic quality—the thin edge that frames the doors and drawers.

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