September 19, 2008
George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most important American designers of the 20th century. In 2008 George Nelson would have been 100 years old. In recognition of this anniversary, the Vitra Design Museum presents the first comprehensive retrospective on his work: George Nelson. Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher.
In this video, curator Jochen Eisenbrand talks about the person and the work of George Nelson, his many talents and the influence on the American design in the latter half of the 20th century, and the connection Herman Miller, Charles Eames and Vitra.
George Nelson’s office produced numerous furnishings and interior designs that became modern classics, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947) and the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards). On display at the exhibition are Nelson’s concepts for the modern single-family home during the 1940s and 1950s; his corporate design work for Herman Miller and other firms; his work as innovator in the development of the modern office; his exhibition design (for example for the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959); and an overview of the numerous articles and books and some of his films and slide presentations.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue (250 pages) in German and English editions.
George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein. September 12, 2008.
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