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George Nelson

George Nelson

Designer

Together with Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the founding fathers of American modernism. George Nelson is commonly referred to as The Creator of Beautiful and Practical Things. In the 1930s and 1940s, George Nelson worked as a writer and editor for Pencil Points and Architectural Forum. In these magazines, he introduced the Americans to architects such as Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Along with the exhibition 'International Style' at Museum of Modern Art in New York, George Nelsons articles helped manifest the influence of European modernism on American architecture and design in the 1930s. In the 1930s, Nelson opened a design studio with a partner in New York. Later he started his own design company. For more than 25 years, George Nelson worked for the famous American furniture company Herman Miller. In the 1950s, George Nelson said that "Every truly original idea - every innovation in design, every new application of materials, every technical invention for furniture - seems to find its most important expression in a chair". This is definitely the case for many of Nelson's own designs – e.g. the popular Coconut Chair from 1956 and the Marshmallow Sofa from the same year.