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George Nelson


George Nelson was an architect, author and arguably one of the leading modernist designers of the 20th century. The founder of Herman Miller, D. J. DePree, had a growing interest in Nelson after reading an article he had written for Architectural Forum about a storage wall he had designed and, although Nelson insisted that he was not a furniture designer and knew nothing about the furniture industry, he became the first director of design at Herman Miller. In this capacity, he was paramount in encouraging Charles and Ray Eames to design for the company.

His most famous furniture designs are possibly the 1956 marshmallow sofa which predated and predicted the pop design movement, and the coconut chair whose form was inspired by a cracked section of coconut.

Nelson is perhaps most famous for his accessible works, specifically the clocks he designed which capture perfectly the optimistic spirit of the 1950s. These clocks are still in production and available to buy today, manufactured under licence by Vitra.


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