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George Nelson

American modernist architect and designer George Nelson was one of the preeminent figures of the mid-century modern movement. Along with his inimitable design sense, George was an accomplished writer of design and was a part of the editorial staff of Architectural Forum for over a decade, further solidifying his position as a key influencer of American design. His 1940 publication, Tomorrow’s House, proposed the then-new concept of a “family room” and “storage walls,” innovative concepts that caught the attention of D.J. De Pree, chairman of the Herman Miller furniture company. George soon joined as director of design for the brand, where he worked alongside such luminaries as Ray and Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia, and produced some of his first furniture designs. In 1947, George incorporated his own eponymous brand in New York, where he went on to produce some of the century’s most iconic modern furnishings, including the “Ball” wall clock and the Action office collection. Though George died in 1986, the George Nelson brand continues to produce both classic and new designs for the home, and continuously strives for the highest levels of quality and innovation.