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Nelson Swag Leg Work Table
The Herman Miller Nelson Swag Leg Work Table is a stylish addition to any work space. The signature tapered metal legs provide style as well as support, while the laminate or veneer top provides a clean line as well as ample space for work.
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Nelson Swag Leg Work Table

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Herman Miller Nelson Swag Leg Work Table
designed by George Nelson

Nelson Swag Leg Work Table At A Glance:
Part of the renowned swag leg group, the Nelson Swag Leg Table represents a revival of a historic collection by the longtime partner of Herman Miller, George Nelson. Introduced in 1958, the group's evocative chairs, tables and desks have a look, scale and function that are right for today. These classic, sculpted designs can be used individually or together in the home or office. The Swag Leg Work Table provides an expansive work space that easily allows you to spread out papers and other items. This rectangular work table can also cleverly act as a dining table.

See the entire Nelson Swag Leg collection.

What's To Like:
The straight, austere, wood lines of the table top and stretcher are met by mechanically formed, gracefully curved, metal legs - and they get along really well together. There may not be another wood/metal table out there with a more beautiful marriage of two juxtaposed materials.

What's Not to Like:
This isn't a table you'll sit at and stretch your legs all the way out in front of you. The stretcher won't give you that luxury. However, there is enough space for comfort.

The Bottom Line:
The Nelson Swag Leg Work Table is beautiful, richly finished, and an icon of the mid-century modern era. It's immediately recognizable for the enduring quality of its design, and will be an heirloom-quality feature of any well-appointed office.


  • Overall: 29.375" h x 54" w x 36" l
  • White laminate or walnut veneer top with a walnut veneer edge band
  • 4 chrome-finished steel-tube legs
  • Solid walnut stretcher and adjustable glides

Design Story:
The work table and dining tables in this series are extremely important. They're the most obvious link between home life and work life that Nelson was trying to forge, and they share many of the characteristics (and not just the aesthetics) of the rest of the collection. They're light, flexible, adaptable, not too large and easy to work with. They're beautiful and functional, and they speak to the times they were invented in and to the times of today. In that sense, they echo the rest of the Nelson series.

While the desk was lightweight and flexible, and that was a highly desirable attribute, Nelson understood that for many there was a need for larger work spaces, and even separate desks for when the work area couldn't hold all the material it needed to. Nelson was a designer; how could a man whose work required blueprints, plans, drawings and tons of material not understand that need? So he got to work on preparing a companion piece to the desk, and he called it the Nelson Swag Leg Work Table. The name alone speaks to the difference between the two pieces. While the desk was multipurpose and highly adaptable, the table was all business and no frills. With the exception of the aesthetic beauty of its lines and the matching finishes and materials, its relation to the desk would be limited to their capacity for work. If the desk represents the home office, the table represents the garage workshop; plenty of space to get messy, get organized, and get things done.

With his swag leg group, George Nelson didn't try to design an innovation; the innovation resulted from his criteria for the design. He began with the legs, insisting that they be made of metal, machine formed, and pre-finished. He also wanted them to be easy for the consumer to assemble, so the desk and tables could ship knocked down to save on costs.

When you're designing any type of space, whether it be the home or the home office, you'll often need extra space for storage, display, and work. This is where the Nelson Swag Leg Work Table fits in to the picture. It was designed to take pressure off of the room, and off of the possibly limited furniture within it. The table is a multi-use object with tons of functionality that isn't complemented by too much area or an ugly design. Work table though it may be, this is the kind of furniture that you can be proud to display in any room of your home.

The Herman Miller Nelson Swag Leg Work Table is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: NS5854.L, NS5854.W.

Design Story

With his swag leg group, George Nelson didn't try to design an innovation; the innovation resulted from his criteria for the design. He began with the legs, insisting that they be made of metal, machine formed, and prefinished. He also wanted them to be easy for the consumer to assemble, so the desk and tables could ship knocked down to save on costs.

Swaging- using pressure to taper and curve a metal tube--proved the best way to produce the legs, which are 16-gauge steel and have adjustable glides. Nelson added solid walnut stretchers that bolt to the legs for a stable, durable base common to the desk and tables.

Read the entire design story behind the Swag Leg Collection.

About the Designer

George NelsonGeorge Nelson
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 Swag Leg Work Table.

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.

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.

Materials & Measurements

Nelson Swag Leg Table DimensionsMaterials:
White laminate or walnut veneer top with a walnut edge band, 4 chrome-finished steel tube legs, 2 solid walnut stretchers, and adjustable glides.

Overall: 29.39" h x 54" w x 36" d

Efficient Surfaces
Practical tables. The work table provides plenty of room to spread out papers; dining tables can also be meeting tables.

Attractive finishes. Tops can be white laminate or walnut veneer with a walnut veneer edge band that coordinates with the solid walnut stretcher.


Shipping & Delivery

Inside Delivery: Free

If you don't like carrying furniture, this is a great option. The shipper will schedule an appointment with you prior to delivery and bring the furniture into your home for you. This service does not include unpackaging or assembly.

  • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days. Some larger and specialty items may take a bit longer.
  • Shipper will arrange a four hour window for delivery at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your driver or delivery team will bring the furniture inside your home and into your room of choice (Up to two flights of stairs).
  • Delivery folks will not unpack or assemble your furniture.
  • You must inspect the purchase at the time of delivery and sign for any damages.
  • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
  • If you're ordering multiple items from the same manufacturer, we might be able to bundle your shipping upgrade costs! Give us a call and we'll make sure you're getting the best shipping price possible!
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Questions & Answers


The Nelson Swag Leg Work Table 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.

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