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    GEORGE NELSON (American, 1908-1986)
    A Chrome Plated Metal and Leather Upholstered Sling Sofa, manufactured by Herman Miller USA, circa 1964
    29 x 87 x 24 inches (73.7 x 221.0 x 61.0 cm)


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    One of the founders of American Modernism, along with Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson came to redefine the very notion of what a designer is.

    Nelson received a degree in  architecture at Yale University, and even worked for a time as a drafter for the architecture firm of Adams and Prentice.   While receiving his second degree at Yale in fine arts, he became very well poised to take up a role in academia.   After a year in Rome, he returned to the U.S. and wrote for architecture magazines. By 1940 George Nelson had drawn popular attention with several innovative concepts. In his book, "Tomorrow's House", co-authored by Henry Wright, he introduced the concept of the "family room" and the "storage wall.  Although Nelson had never designed furniture before, the chairman of Herman Miller was so intrigued by this book that he asked him to be his next director of design.  This appointment ushered in a highly successful period both for the company and Nelson.  In particular, his storage walls were a quick success, with their easily customizable assemblage and handsome wood finishes.  He was also noted for the Coconut Chair(1956), the Marshmallow sofa(1956), the Bubble lamp(1952), and his series of Ball clocks(1947). 

    In 2008, the Vitra Design Museum, Germany presented the first comprehensive retrospective on his work: "George Nelson, Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher."

    Condition Report*: Some surface wear and scratches to the chrome.  Surface wear and abrasions to the leather in places.  Otherwise in very good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    11th Thursday
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