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George Nelson

George Nelson, born 1908 in Hartford, Connecticut, studied architecture at Yale University. A fellowship enabled him to study at the American Academy in Rome from 1932-34. In Europe he became acquainted with the protagonists and major architectural works of modernism.

He joined the editorial staff of Architectural Forum in 1935, where he was employed until 1944. A programmatic article on residential building and furniture design, published in Architectural Forum by Nelson in 1944, attracted the attention of D.J. DePree, head of the furniture company Herman Miller.

Shortly after this, George Nelson assumed the position of design director at Herman Miller. Remaining there until 1972, he became a key figure of American design, also convincing the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard to work for Herman Miller.

His collaboration with Vitra began in 1957. From 1946 onwards Nelson also ran his own design office, creating numerous products that are now regarded as icons of mid-century modernism.

Nelson's office also produced important architectural works and exhibition designs. George Nelson died in New York in 1986. His archive belongs to the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum.

  1. Miniature marshmallow sofa

    Miniature marshmallow sofa

    By Vitra

    £539.00
  2. Miniature Coconut Chair

    Miniature Coconut Chair

    By Vitra

    £219.00
  3. Zoo timer - Fernando the Fish

    Zoo timer - Fernando the Fish

    By Vitra

    £99.00
  4. Zoo timer - Elihu the Elephant

    Zoo timer - Elihu the Elephant

    By Vitra

    £99.00
  5. Zoo timer - Omar the Owl

    Zoo timer - Omar the Owl

    By Vitra

    £99.00
  6. Popsicle Wall Clock

    Popsicle Wall Clock

    By Vitra

    £645.00
  7. Nelson Fan Clock

    Nelson Fan Clock

    By Vitra

    £335.00
  8. Sunburst clock

    Sunburst clock

    By Vitra

    £285.00
  9. Sunburst clock - Quickship

    Sunburst clock - Quickship

    By Vitra

    £285.00
  10. Ball pendant lamp

    Ball pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £420.00
  11. Cigar pendant lamp

    Cigar pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £420.00
  12. Saucer pendant lamp

    Saucer pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £420.00
  13. Pear pendant lamp

    Pear pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £456.00
  14. Criss Cross Cigar pendant lamp

    Criss Cross Cigar pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £459.00
  15. Criss Cross Ball pendant lamp

    Criss Cross Ball pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £459.00
  16. Criss Cross Pear pendant lamp

    Criss Cross Pear pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £508.00
  17. Criss Cross Saucer pendant lamp

    Criss Cross Saucer pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    From: £459.00
  18. Propeller pendant lamp

    Propeller pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    £535.00
  19. Apple pendant lamp

    Apple pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    £491.00
  20. Lantern pendant lamp

    Lantern pendant lamp

    By Herman Miller

    £415.00
  21. Ball clock

    Ball clock

    By Vitra

    From: £245.00
  22. Nelson bench

    Nelson bench

    By Vitra

    From: £605.00
  23. Home desk

    Home desk

    By Vitra

    £2,730.00
  24. Sunflower clock - black ash/brass

    Sunflower clock - black ash/brass

    By Vitra

    £845.00
  25. Sunflower clock

    Sunflower clock

    By Vitra

    £845.00
  26. Asterisk clock

    Asterisk clock

    By Vitra

    £220.00
  27. Eye clock

    Eye clock

    By Vitra

    £315.00
  28. Flock of Butterflies clock

    Flock of Butterflies clock

    By Vitra

    £619.00
  29. Polygon clock

    Polygon clock

    By Vitra

    £395.00
  30. Spindle clock

    Spindle clock

    By Vitra

    £339.00
  31. Star clock

    Star clock

    By Vitra

    £325.00
  32. Wheel clock

    Wheel clock

    By Vitra

    £405.00
  33. Sunburst clock - Black/Brass

    Sunburst clock - Black/Brass

    By Vitra

    £335.00
  34. Night clock

    Night clock

    By Vitra

    £299.00
  35. Ceramic clock

    Ceramic clock

    By Vitra

    £289.00
  36. Desk Clocks - Tripod clocks

    Desk Clocks - Tripod clocks

    By Vitra

    £299.00
  37. Desk Clocks - Diamond

    Desk Clocks - Diamond

    By Vitra

    £379.00
  38. Ball clock - Multicoloured - Quickship

    Ball clock - Multicoloured - Quickship

    By Vitra

    £245.00