Why this piece?
George Nelson designed the platform bench as his premiere collection for Herman Miller. The design has been copied, modified and adopted for use indoor, outdoor and as a display piece. The integrity of the bench comes from the choice of materials (usually hard maple) and the joinery (half lap joints). The original design was all-wood, but my preference is to fabricate the legs from powder-coated steel tubes.
This bench deserved the extensive craftsmanship associated with accurate joinery, careful surface preparation, coating, and finishing. Although I take advantage of modern tools, it takes many hours of careful attention to detail to get the result desired: well-built furniture which will last for generations.
Want to know why this take so long? I documented the entire process of building the bench when the Arts & Art History department at the University of North Carolina @ Asheville commissioned 3 benches in 2021.
Experience the build
Join me in the meticulous planning and fabrication of this iconic design. The playlist on the right contains the following chapters: