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Herman Miller ® George Nelson Writing Desk

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Herman Miller ® George Nelson Writing Desk

Nelson Swag Leg Group is revival of historic collection by George Nelson. Introduced in 1958, group's evocative pieces have look, scale and function that are simply right for today. These classic, sculpted designs can be used individually or together in home or office, from meeting spaces to offices and dining areas.


  • With his Swag Leg Group, George Nelson didn't try to design innovation; innovation resulted from his criteria for design.
  • Solid walnut stretchers that bolt onto legs were added for stable, durable base that is common to both Swag Desk and Tables
  • ''Swaging'' -- using pressure to taper and curve metal tube -- proved to be best way to produce Nelson's legs, which are made of 16-gauge steel and have adjustable glides
  • He began with legs, insisting that they be made of metal, machine formed and pre-finished. He also wanted them to be easy for consumer to assemble, so desk and tables could ship knocked down to save on costs.
  • Wayfair backs 1-Year Herman Miller Manufacturer Warranty. Should you experience any problems with your Nelson Swag Leg Desk, Herman Miller will cover cost of fixing it for you within this time period
  • Should you discover shortly after receiving your Nelson Swag Leg Desk that parts are either damaged or missing, please call us immediately and we will be happy to send you replacement parts as soon as possible and at no additional cost


  • Overall: 34.5" H x 39" W x 28.5" D

About the Designer

George Nelson

George Nelson United States (1908 - 1986)

George Nelson began his design for what became the Swag Leg Group with the simple desire to create furniture with a sculptured leg. Beyond beauty, he sought practicality, insisting that the legs be made of metal, machine formed and pre-finished. The Nelson Swag Leg Group is a revival of an historic collection by George Nelson. Introduced in 1958, the group's evocative pieces have a look, scale, and function that are simply right for today. These classic, sculpted designs can be used individually or together in the home or office, from meeting spaces to offices and dining areas.

Herman Miller ® George Nelson Writing Desk

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Weights & Dimensions

  • Overall: 34.5" H x 39" W x 28.5" D


Desk Type: Writing DeskTop Finish: 1: Brown
Top Finish: 2: WhiteTop Material: Laminate
Base Material: MetalStyle: Contemporary
Design: Standard DeskKeyboard Tray: No
Drawers Included: NoDrawer Pedestal Included: No
Cabinets Included: YesCasters Included: No
Hutch Included: NoTreadmill Included: No
Application: Home Office; Professional Office 

About the Manufacturer

Herman Miller ®: The name is synonymous with innovation, design, operational excellence, smart application of technology, and social responsibility. Herman Miller ® studies work and living environments and designs and delivers products and services that make these environments work better. Through problem-solving research and design, the company seeks to develop innovative solutions to real needs in working, healing, learning, and living environments. Herman Miller ® began in 1923 as a manufacturer of traditional residential furniture, became a leader in "modern" furniture in the 1930s and 1940s; developed lasting ties through the 1950s with legendary industrial designers who led the company in new directions; transformed the office furniture industry with the first panel system in the 1960s; invented and refined ergonomic work seating in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; reinvented the geometry of systems furniture in 2000, and is today the second largest office furniture company with customers and locations around the world. Their history of employee participation and ownership and technological innovation has long roots and continues to grow. They have always worked hard to be serious about both people and business. They look at their primary goal as creating great places to work. George Nelson laid out five tenets of Herman Miller ® design philosophy 50 years ago: What you make is important. Design is an integral part of the business. The product must be honest. You decide what you will make. There is a market for good design. While fashion and style have their place, the main criterion for a Herman Miller ® product has remained constant: Does it truly solve a problem that people care about in a way that improves upon other solutions, or pioneers a new and better answer altogether? The answer is Yes.


The George Nelson Writing Desk is a Contemporary style product. Contemporary style bridges the gap between traditional and modern. Pieces feature simple and clean lines with smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. You can shop for more Contemporary Desks in the Office Desks section of our site.

Herman Miller ® George Nelson Writing Desk


“Hi, what are the dimensions of this desk?” asked by Verena

"Hi Verena, the dimensions of this desk are 34.5" H x 39" W x 28.5" D." Tyann from Wayfair


“Hi, what is the weight of this desk?” asked by Mira

"Hi Mira, the weight of this desk is 74.5 lbs." Tyann from Wayfair

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Lovely Middy Desk!

Suzanne from Dallas, TX– Verified Buyer

Finding the right desk was very challenging as I wanted style, function and modern. The two drawers are long with places to put many things. Two caveats: what appears to hold paper doesn't hold an 8x11 note pad. And on the cut colourful cubbies, none are tall enough to hold mail in an upright position, but are tall enough to hold your checkbooks upright. While there is no pull out keyboard holder, having the upper shelf to hold a flat screen monitor works well. The wood (walnut) is lovely and I like the clean white surface as well as the cubbies and drawers to contain clutter.

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Iconic, stylish, and colorful!

Leslie from Boston– Verified Buyer

I had dreamed of owning this desk for years, and finally made the purchase and could not be any happier. This with my Eames molded fiberglass chair is so perfect in my spare bedroom. Plus, the storage nooks help to keep the desk nice and clean. A must have for anybody that loves the iconic classics and designs of George Nelson or other high designers... All smiles! Oh so FAB!!!

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perfect in every way

Tannin from mill valley, CA– Verified Buyer

the utility and design of this desk is at once sturdy, practical, and handsome. we loved the one we had in our room so much we got one for our daughter's room.

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Nelson Swag Desk

Markus from Honolulu, HI– Verified Buyer

Timeless retro modern design, beautifully manufactured by Herman Miller. Excellent All Modern purchase experience and super quick delivery!

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Loved it when i got it. Still love it.

Debbie from North Sioux City, SD– Verified Buyer

I love this desk. I have worked on it constantly for probably 3 years... It is a good size, it looks fabulous, it doesn't mark easily, it is exceptionally comfortable to sit at. Sure, it doesn't quite accommodate my laptop (I have it perched on the top). Did I mention that the desk looks amazing

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Fantastic Desk

Eames from USA– Verified Buyer

This desk is the perfect size for a home office. It is beautifully designed. The only downside is that the drawers are very shallow.

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arrived quickly and in great shape

richard from Montclair, NJ– Verified Buyer

I love my cool desk--you should have one, right. I arrived quickly and it arrived without mishap. So I have a good report to report.

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swag leg desk

jos from Roermond,– Verified Buyer

Awesome! A beautiful desk! The assembly was intuitive, easy to do. Looks great. :)

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Sky from New York

We love it. We aren't handy so I paid someone to put it together...he said it was really easy to do

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Great Desk!!!

Ben from LOS ANGELES, CA– Verified Buyer

The pictures looked great but when you see this desk in person, WOW! Even better!!! The desk works great in my loft, dont have that much room and its perfect. Best desk I have ever owned. LOVE IT!!!

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