This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at another classic by George Nelson, the Miniature Chest with Pedestal.
Designed in the 1952, this lovely storage piece is a classy alternative to the standard side table, or would be a great way to set up a vanity space in a visible area. The original rosewood has been changed to teak for sustainability, but is still finished in a rosewood stain. Inspired by Japanese tansu chests, Nelson created a modern American version that included a white painted metal pedestal base and white laminate top. A vertical nine-drawer version is also available, with or without the metal base, all manufactured by Herman Miller. The proportions of the drawers, base and small knobs make this chest an elegant showcase for your special treasures.
My handmade accessory picks are as varied as the possibilities for this gorgeous set of drawers. A ribbed ceramic paperweight adds a shot of color in a simple yet textural form. A set of felt coasters makes for easy entertaining. Pillows abound, in both hand-printed fabric and as a cast resin vase, while a two-tone bowl catches coin and keys.
Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.