George Nelson

George Nelson

USA (1908-1986)
Headshot of designer.

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was one of those rare people who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps” – flashes of inspiration and clarity that he turned into innovative design ideas.

One such “zap” came in 1942 when Nelson conceived the first-ever pedestrian shopping mall – now a ubiquitous feature of our architectural landscape – detailed in his “Grass on Main Street” article. Soon after, he pioneered the concept of built-in storage with the storage wall, a system of storage units that rested on slatted platform benches. The first modular storage system ever, it was showcased in Life magazine and caused an immediate sensation in the furniture industry.

In 1946, Nelson became director of design at Herman Miller, a position he held until 1972. While there, Nelson recruited other seminal modern designers, including Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi. He also developed his own designs, including the Marshmallow Sofa, the Nelson™ Platform Bench and the first L-shaped desk, a precursor to the present-day workstation. He also created a series of boldly graphic wall clocks and a series of bubble lamps made of self-webbing plastic.

Nelson felt that designers must be “aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society and thus cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.” He was an early environmentalist, one of the first designers to take an interest in new communications technology and a powerful writer and teacher. Perhaps influenced by his friend, Buckminster Fuller, Nelson’s ultimate goal as a designer was “to do much more with much less.”

George Nelson

Nelson Triple Bubble Fixture Kit
Nelson Cigar Floor Lamp - Lotus Base/Small
Nelson Cigar Lamp With Stand - Small
Nelson Lantern Lamp with Stand
Nelson Pear Lamp With Stand - Small
Nelson Lantern Pendant Lamp
Nelson Propeller Pendant Lamp
Nelson Cigar Pendant Lamp
Nelson Pear Pendant Lamp - Small
Nelson Ball Pendant Lamp - Large
Nelson Crisscross Saucer Pendant Lamp
Nelson Crisscross Ball Pendant Lamp
Nelson Crisscross Pear Pendant Lamp
Nelson Crisscross Cigar Pendant Lamp
Nelson Cigar Wall Sconce
Nelson Saucer Wall Sconce
Nelson Ball Wall Sconce
Nelson™ Night Clock
Nelson™ Ball Clock
$390.00 - $445.00USD
Nelson™ Flock of Butterflies Clock
Nelson™ Sunburst Clock
$445.00USD
Sunflower Clock
$1,260.00USD
Nelson™ Eye Clock
Nelson™ Spindle Clock
Nelson™ Polygon Clock
Nelson™ Wheel Clock
Fernando the Fish Wall Clock
Nelson™ Swag Leg Desk
Nelson™ Platform Bench, 48" with Metal Legs
Nelson™ Platform Bench - 48 in.
$399.00 - $1,049.00USD
Nelson™ Thin Edge Cabinet
$3,598.00 - $9,648.00USD
Nelson™ Thin Edge Buffet
$7,558.00 - $15,998.00USD
Nelson™ Pedestal Side Table, White Aluminum
$599.00 - $948.00USD
White Aluminum
$779.00 - $1,078.00USD
Nelson™ Pedestal Stool
$799.00USD
Nelson™ Swag Leg Rectangular Dining Table
Nelson™ Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table
Nelson™ Swag Leg Round Dining Table
Nelson™ Swag Leg Armchair
Nelson™ BCS Closed Cabinet, Left Hinged, Free Standing
$815.00USD
Nelson™ BCS Open Cabinet, One Drawer, Free Standing
$815.00USD
Nelson™ BCS 3 Drawers, Bench Mount
$1,649.00 - $1,849.00USD
Nelson™ BCS 5 Drawer Cabinet with Door
$2,499.00USD
Nelson™ BCS 2 Drawers over 2 Doors
$2,299.00USD
Nelson Coconut Chair
Nelson Marshmallow Sofa in Crepe
$3,749.00USD
Nelson Marshmallow Sofa in Vinyl
Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp, Small
Nelson™ X-Leg Desk, 30x60
$1,699.00 - $3,978.00USD
Nelson™ Thin Edge 3-Drawer Chest
$4,229.00 - $7,328.00USD
Nelson Cigar Table Lamp
© 2014 Design Within Reach