Reason & Feeling: Steel & Velvet.

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At the end of the 50s the working world became modern: With the emergence of the service economy, more and more office workplaces were created. Of course, the furnishings were all about rationalisation: the furniture had to be practical, durable and inexpensive. At the same time, however, they should also radiate progressiveness and optimism – because the design of office space was also becoming increasingly important as a component of corporate identity. From the Aluminium Group by Charles & Ray Eames to Arne Jacobsen’s famous HEW building in Hamburg: many Midcentury designers have developed some of their most convincing designs for the office. 


George Nelson’s „Modular System“ – and his „Steel Frame Collection“, which he designed in 1954 for the office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, and which is now less common – became very well known. It includes seating, sideboards and tables, all based on steel frames in white or black. Our current sofa consists of 1 module that carries 2 half tabletops and 3 seating elements. The individual seating and table elements can be regrouped, i.e. placed in any position on the white powder-coated steel frame. 


In order to achieve a bit more elegance (which makes the sofa better usable for your living room, for example), we have re-covered the seating elements in delicate reed-green cotton velvet from Kvadrat/Raf Simons. But don’t worry, the practicality remains the same: The fabric is marked with 100,000 rubs (100,000 Martindale rubs, EN ISO 12947, more on the Kvadrat website). After all, the furniture should live to see the next Midcentury, too.

Product: Steelframe Seating

Designer: George Nelson

Manufacturer: Herman Miller

Release Date: 1953

Production period: 1954 - 1974

Dimensions: L: 245 cm, D: 72 cm, H: 74 cm

Materials: Steel, Upholstry, Fabrics, Wood, Rubber