Mid-Century Designers Who Are Not Charles and Ray Eames
Original George Nelson for Herman Miller label to the interior of a drawer. The top left drawer folds out and extends as a writing surface, the second to top right drawer is fitted with a vanity mirror and compartmentalized interior.
Condition Report: Small scuff mark to the second to top left drawer, missing flake of veneer to verso, the case is in overall good condition; kick marks and scuffing to the stand.
Signature: Original George Nelson for Herman Miller label to the interior of a drawer
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Often cited as one of the founders of American modernism, industrial designer George Nelson is responsible for some of the most iconic furniture created in the 20th century. His utopian view of design, which he argued in the pages of Architectural Forum where he was an editor in the 1930s and ’40s, resulted in domestic standbys of contemporary domestic architecture, such as the family room and the storage wall. Nelson worked for Herman Miller for over a quarter-century, helping the company come up with their famously functional furniture pieces. Idealistic until the end, Nelson believed that “total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything.”
American, 1908-1986, Hartford, CT, United States