George Nelson

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George Nelson

  1. 1. George Nelson 1908-1986
  2. 2. Timeline <ul><li>1908 Born in Connecticut. </li></ul><ul><li>1931 Graduates from Yale School of Architecture. </li></ul><ul><li>1932 Wins the Prix de Rome in architecture while on fellowship in Italy. </li></ul><ul><li>1935-44 Editor of Architectural Forum. </li></ul><ul><li>1936-44 New York architecture practice with William Hanby. </li></ul><ul><li>1946-72 Design director for Herman Miller. </li></ul><ul><li>1986 Dies. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Major Achievements <ul><li>As a writer and theorist , Nelson urged his contemporaries to create relevant & humane design, thereby creating an avenue for modernism to enter the mainstream in both commercial and residential arenas. </li></ul><ul><li>With Nelson as director of design , Herman Miller introduced many of the most recognized designs by Charles & Ray Eames, Noguchi, Bertoia and Knorr. </li></ul><ul><li>A formidable and prolific designer in his own right , Nelson produced a number of classic furniture designs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Design Process & Theory <ul><li>Practiced in a variety of design disciplines - industrial, textile, graphic, furniture, architecture - during 50+ years of professional activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Described creative process as a series of innovative “ zaps ” when &quot;the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Lamented thoughtless design concessions to commercialism, promoting instead a modern yet humane and meditated aesthetic. </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristically, his designs are geometric yet often whimsical , modular and integrated though frequently “ blown apart ”. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1945: Storagewall
  6. 6. 1946: Nelson Bench
  7. 7. 1946: Basic Storage Components
  8. 8. 1947: Howard Miller Clocks
  9. 9. 1947: Ball Clock
  10. 10. 1947: Bubble Lamp
  11. 11. 1952: Miniature Chest
  12. 12. 1955: Coconut Chair
  13. 13. 1955: Marshmallow Sofa
  14. 14. 1954: Modular Systems
  15. 15. 1956: Kangaroo & 5490 Chaise
  16. 16. 1957: Pretzel Arm & Side Chairs
  17. 17. 1957: Swag-legged Series
  18. 18. 1959: Catenary
  19. 19. 1964: Sling Sofa
  20. 20. 1964: Perch & Action Office
  21. 21. George Nelson 1908-1986 1959 Caternary 1957 MAA Swag-leg 1956 5490 Chaise 1956 Kangaroo 1955 Marshmallow Sofa 1955 Coconut 1952 Miniature Chest 1947 Bubble Lamp 1945 Storagewall 1947 Ball Clock 1946 Nelson Bench 1957 Pretzel

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