George Nelson was the director of design at Herman Miller, Inc. from 1946 to 1972. His influence over those three decades is what made Herman Miller what it is today. Not only did Nelson recruit Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi, but he also created a portfolio of work without which the history of modern design would be incomplete. To honor this legacy, Michigan-based Herman Miller has reissued Nelson's 1961 molded-top Tray (1961/2011) with a special design inspired by Nelson's Flock of Butterflies clock. Forming the sunburst are hand-selected veneers of walnut and santos palisander wood inlaid into white ash. Made in U.S.A.
This limited-edition collection was produced until February 2012. Quantities are limited.
A separate Tray Table with this same design is also available.
Five-ply molded plywood with a white ash top layer and inner plies of bay poplar (for stability through changes in humidity and years of use); inlay veneer includes walnut and santos palisander wood; brushed stainless steel column; black umber feet.
Possessing of one of the most inventive minds of the century, George Nelson is one of those rare people who can envision what isn't there yet. Nelson himself has described his creative abilities as a series of "zaps" flashes of inspiration and clarity that he was able to turn into innovative design ideas.
One such "zap!" came in 1942 when Nelson conceived the pedestrian shopping mall detailed in his "Grass on Main Street" proposal. Soon after, he pioneered the concept of built-in storage with Storagewall, 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. Read more >