University Museums

Title: Platform Bench
Name: Bench
Date: 1946-1969
Period: Mid Century Modern
Medium: Maple and ebonized birch
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 15 × 48 in. (38.1 × 121.9 cm)
Classification: Furniture
Credit Line: Gift of Geitel Winakor. In the Permanent Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2007.79
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George Nelson's Platform Bench (designed in 1946) is one of the great icons of mid-century modernism. For Herman Miller's® influential design director, utility was as important as beauty. His spare rectangular bench is proof. It serves equally well as table, platform base or seating, depending on need and situation. No wonder it's been called timeless, something this functional never dates. The slats are made of finished maple with finger-jointed legs for superior strength.