George Nelson, ‘Tray’, circa 1950, Heritage Auctions
George Nelson, ‘Tray’, circa 1950, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Gummed residue to underside from absent label, small missing flakes to the edges, otherwise with light surface wear indicative of age and use.

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Manufacturer: Herman Miller

About George Nelson

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

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2016
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2016
WYETH, 
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