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George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century. …

George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century.

This comprehensive retrospective explores the visionary work of Nelson who was not only a leading designer and notable architect, but also a prominent author, editor, lecturer, exhibition designer, and a passionate photographer.

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  • 1. Visiting the George Nelson Exhibition
  • 2. 1. Exhibitions 2. Education 3. Home 4. Graphic and Corporate Design 5. Office 6. Clocks Exhibition Layout
  • 3. Planning and designing exhibitions allowed Nelson to test out new structural techniques and materials on temporary constructions, a prime example being his government-commissioned Exhibition in Moscow, in 1959. Exhibitions
  • 4. Exhibitions
  • 5. Nelson was actively involved in aesthetic education, particularly the development of critical perception of our everyday environment. In his time, he gave many multimedia based lectures. Education
  • 6. Nelson not only designed furniture for the home, but was also greatly concerned with the layout of the home, promoting modern home planning, orientated to the spatial needs of the occupants. The Home
  • 7. The Home
  • 8. Nelson was one of the first to recognise the importance of corporate design, even before it had become an established concept. Graphic and Corporate Design
  • 9. Graphic and Corporate Design
  • 10. George Nelson’s conscious and critical observation of the office dynamics, led to numerous innovations created to maximise productivity, efficiency, health and enthusiasm for work. The Office
  • 11. The Office
  • 12. A 35 year collaboration between Nelson and the Howard Miller Clock company saw over 130 uniquely decorative clock models produced. Clocks
  • 13. Clocks
  • 14. Design Related Online Resources Students speak, Design and Technology students speak about their major design projects Australia innovates, an online guide to innovation in Australia’s industries Australian designers at work, meet six designers and learn about their design practice Dhub, online design magazine and gateway to the world’s best design collections HSC technology syllabus support: case studies in design, technology and cultural diversity Sydney designers unplugged: case studies from seven design studios Electronic swatchbook: thousands of fabric samples from the 1830s to the 1920s Interactive database: search 69,112 objects collected from 1880 to the present day Australian Dress Register: documenting significant men’s, women’s and children’s dress in NSW up to 1945
  • 15. Design Related Exhibitions & Programs Exhibitions Ecologic: creating a sustainable future, Level 1 Australian International Design Awards, level 3 Engineering Excellence, Level 3 7 Australian Designers Display, level 2 Workshop George Nelson Workshop - George Nelson was one of the most influential Industrial Designers and Architects of the twentieth century. In this workshops students learn about George Nelson’s design process, visit the exhibition and then produce their own Coconut Chair prototype