We decided to reintroduce the classic Nelson swag leg group because the retro yet modern chairs, tables, and desks have the look, scale, and function that are just right for today. The chair design is stylish, elegant, and-although 50 years old-completely contemporary. It goes nicely with the swag leg desk and tables, and this classic design is also at home with other furniture, modern or traditional.
Herman Miller has partnered with the world's leading designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi and others to produce innovative products for home and office. Herman Miller's belief in design as a way to solve significant problems for people stemmed from the pragmatic view of the Bauhaus and continues today with many leading designers from around the world.
We named this furniture for the process that created the distinctive legs because designer George Nelson started with this idea: "Wouldn't it be beautiful to have some kind of sculptured leg on a piece of furniture?" How could that be done without wood and hand-carving tools? Using pressure to taper and curve a metal tube-the process called swaging-proved a success.
Strong, Stylish, Comfortable
George Nelson used separate pieces for the seat and back and glued them together, so the swag leg chair can flex with the sitter. A slit between the seat and back helps prevent heat buildup. Wide, flat arms provide a comfortable place to rest forearms.