The steel frame group designed by George Nelson was created as an economical line of case goods and an alternative to the rosewood group and the basic cabinet series. It was also a very progressive design that redefined the very idea of case goods. Rather than a cabinet or box which is fitted with drawers, the steel frame group uses an external steel skeleton to support the mica top and the drawers, allowing the sides of the drawers to be the exterior of the cabinet. The frames and tops were offered in either black or white while the drawers were offered in a variety of colorways or in natural wood finishes like this example.
George Nelson Steel Frame Cabinet by Herman Miller