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Nelson Open Cabinet with Drawer by Herman Miller

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Color : Light Brown Walnut
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Nelson Open Cabinet with Drawer by Herman Miller
designed by George Nelson

Nelson BCS Open Cabinet with Drawer At A Glance:
The Nelson Basic Cabinet Series includes this beautiful, precise little cabinet with one drawer - the perfect place to stash mail, keys, or those sunglasses you're forever losing track of just when you need them. A flexible element of the Basic Cabinet Series, this piece can be mounted on the Platform Bench or given black-stained wood legs to stand on its own. Similar to the aesthetic of some of George Nelson's other work, the cabinets in this series draw on some of his influences in Japanese design, and the wood legs express that style. Choose from rift-sawn natural oak or light brown walnut veneers to suit your taste.

George Nelson's vision was a living space full of things that had purpose and place but were flexible enough to change. In 1955 he stated, "People today no longer inhabit large houses with large rooms ... furniture has to fit these new dimensions comfortably and gracefully. Moreover, it has to be flexible." He created the Basic Cabinet Series in that spirit, and it has now been re-introduced by Herman Miller after being out of production since 1958.

What's To Like:
The simple, Japanese-inspired lines of this cabinet give it a serene presence in your home - unlike furniture with more ornamentation, it's able to blend in anywhere you place it. The only time it'll draw attention to itself is when you use it; that's when you'll notice how well-crafted it is.

What's Not to Like:
Almost $800 bucks for a cabinet seems a bit much to us, but if you're looking for Mid-Century Modern, the alternatives out there don't get much cheaper.

The Bottom Line:
The Nelson Basic Cabinet Series simply reminds us that less is more, and that Herman Miller makes some of the finest furniture out there. Despite its price, the Nelson Open Cabinet with Drawer is no exception. It's versatile, sturdy, and built to heirloom-quality standards.


  • Overall: 16.5" h (22" h with legs) x 19" w x 18.5" d
  • Exquisite touches such as turned aluminum alloy drawer pull
  • Rich veneers add warmth and beauty
  • Can be mounted on the Nelson Platform Bench or choose wood legs to rest it on the floor
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The Herman Miller Nelson Open Cabinet is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: BC1618.B.

Materials & Measurements

Wood veneer cabinet, aluminum alloy pull

Overall: 16.5" h (22" h with legs) x 19" w x 18.5" d

About The Manufacturer

Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps" - moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of." It was these zaps that would lead to the creation of some of the most original furniture designs of the 20th century - including the Coconut Chair, the Marshmallow Sofa, and the Basic Cabinet Series.

An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.


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Beautiful, solid, versatile


from Austin, TX

Comments about Herman Miller Nelson Open Cabinet with Drawer:

These are pricey but beautiful and well made. The drawers are not soft-closing -- just a wood rail. The piece is hefty at about 50lbs, so it feels solid and comfortable. Comes fully assembled. I bought the oak version, which was custom made and had an unpleasant chemical smell when it arrived, but the smell has dissipated over time and with ventilation.

Service and delivery comments:

Order took some time to make, but delivery was scheduled early and arrived as promised.

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    Can I order both the bench-mount base and the wood legs and switch them later?
    Asked on 10/5/2010 by Mark

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      When you order this item, you have to specify whether you want it to be a bench-mount or standalone version. At this time, there isn't a way for the customer to switch it from a bench-mount configuration to a standalone version with legs.

      Answered on 10/11/2010 by Gil from Smart Furniture
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    How big is the cabinet?
    Asked on 10/5/2010 by Mark

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      The Nelson Small Open Cabinet with Drawer measures 16.5" h (22" h with legs) x 19" w x 18.5" d overall.

      Answered on 10/11/2010 by Anonymous
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The Nelson Open Cabinet with Drawer comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away