Platform Bench

N° 4690, N° 4691, N° 4692, N° 4693
Wood slats in primavera, birch, or black finish, on a black base
H 14", W 18 1/2", D 48"  
H 68", W 72", D 102" (later available in widths of 56” and 92”)

The Platform Bench was originally developed by George Nelson for his office at Fortune magazine, and grew to become a central component of his first furniture collection with Herman Miller. The multifunctional bench could be used as seating, as a low coffee table, or as a base for case goods. Seating cushions were available for (Bench Pads C-24, C-48, C-72) and, as of 1954, the bench was offered with a metal base.

Produced by Herman Miller from 1946 to 1967, reintroduced 1994.

Produced by Vitra since 2002.

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From the Vitra Design Museum Collection.

Slat Bench Ad
The Slat Bench was an integral element of the first Herman Miller Collection, as it did not serve only as seating furniture, but also as a platform for storage cabinets.
Slat Bench
George Nelson's office at Fortune magazine, for which he designed the Slat Bench (in the foreground to the right), ca. 1945.
1945 / produced 1946–67 and again since 1994