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Nelson Thin Edge Group

Product Story

Designed to look and feel exquisite, these cabinets, chests, and cases also work hard. They are a refinement of George Nelson's ongoing research into storage furniture and provide a high degree of utility wherever something needs to be put away. Sixty years since they were first available, these classic pieces have been updated to employ environmentally sustainable veneers and finishing processes without compromising the original design.

Nelson Thin Edge Group

Surface Attraction

In 1952, these customizable cases were originally produced in rosewood and offered to customers as the Rosewood Group. As the range of veneers expanded and design details were standardized, they were renamed in 1958 after the feature that gives them their unique aesthetic quality—the thin edge that frames the doors and drawers. Today we offer a variety of ecologically responsible veneers, including santos palisander that shares the rich, deep grain of rosewood. The Nelson Thin Edge Group is also available in walnut, white ash, or a combination of contrasting light and dark veneers.

Nelson Thin Edge Group

Doors or Drawers or Doors and Drawers

Select from three standardized designs: a double-doored cabinet with adjustable shelf; a three- or four-drawer chest built with solid wood drawers and soft closing slides; or a buffet that includes a double-doored cabinet with two adjustable shelves and four solid wood drawers. Cases are finished with a matte black back or can be veneered if they are to be used in freestanding space.

Nelson Thin Edge Group

Hardware in Store

The refined surfaces of the Nelson Thin Edge Group are complemented by handsome pulls that are graceful to the touch and an elegant set of polished aluminum legs. Pulls are available in white or silver aluminum alloy, and legs can be specified with adjustable glides.

Design Story

In 1944, Life magazine published an extensive article detailing the Storage Wall, George Nelson's novel architectural concept for American homes that proposed to make walls thicker so that they could double as a place to put things away. The piece caught the eye of Herman Miller founder D.J. De Pree, who was searching for a design director after the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, and Nelson soon had the job. Intent on examining the problems people faced in their homes and offices and providing new types of furniture to address those needs, Nelson's inaugural collection for Herman Miller included the Basic Cabinet Series—a standardized system of casegoods that could be combined and adapted to a variety of uses and environments.

The Storage Wall concept also provided the blueprint for 1949's Basic Storage Components, which offered a system of modules that included shelving, cabinets, drawers, table elements, and even specialized units for hi-fi equipment, all housed in a customizable, freestanding grid or available pre-finished to be incorporated into an architectural project.

The Rosewood Cabinet Series of 1952—later renamed the Thin Edge Group—represents a synthesis of Nelson's approach to modular storage furniture with a heightened attention to quality materials and refined design details.