George Nelson was one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the 20th century. Such was his incredible contribution to design, a retrospective exhibition of his work “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher“ has been curated at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum running until 10 January 2014.
Design elements that we now take for granted, such as the concept of the ‘family room’, and the ‘storage wall’ are the work of Nelson, introduced in his book ‘Tomorrow’s House’. The book was so groundbreaking, that the Chairman of the Herman Miller furniture company selected Nelson to be the company’s next Director of Design, despite Nelson having no actual experience designing furniture! He held this position from 1947 to 1972 – an incredible tenure.
The first Herman Miller catalog produced by Nelson was released in 1945. Over the following years it would include some of the most iconic home furnishings of the 20th century. Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz, Donald Knorr, and Isamu Noguchi all worked for Herman Miller, under Nelson’s supervision.
AND… George Nelson was instrumental in the existence of our upcoming Chat in a Chair. That’s all we’re saying. Lips are sealed. But you are going to LOVE this one.
George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher
Until 10 January 2014
500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 1238
Open Mon – Sun 10am – 5pm