Tomorrow would have been George Nelson’s 105th birthday. To commemorate the unique design voice of Herman Miller’s former design director, we offer this look at his iconic creations. Individually, Nelson’s designs tell the story of his diverse inspirations, while collectively they describe his fascination with the impact of design on our lives and world.
1. Nelson Night Clock - Despite its unmistakable mid-century modern charm, the handsome tone of the Night Clock’s solid brass frame, combined with its acrylic dome-covered face, make this a timely nightstand icon more than 60 years later. Powered by a single AA battery, there’s no cord allowing the Night Clock to stand on its own and draw compliments. Find one at Design Within Reach.
2. Herman Miller Select™ Nelson Tray - A tribute to the original 1961 molded-top Tray designed by Nelson, this limited-edition sunburst design was produced by Herman Miller until February 2012. The unique pattern includes hand-chosen veneers in walnut and santos palisander wood inlaid into white ash. Stylish service indeed. Get yours — while they last — at Design Within Reach.
3. Nelson 6-Drawer Miniature Chest with Base - The miniature chests, designed in 1952, reflect the profound influence the culture and design of Japan had on Nelson. Like traditional tansu, the Miniature Chests contain many small drawers ideal for storing a wide variety of items. A dynamic storage solution with a variety of configurations, perfect for all kinds of interior settings. Find the 6-drawer chest and more at Y-Living.
*Pairs harmoniously and stylishly with the Nelson Pedestal Stool.
4. Nelson Platform Bench Cushion - So you have your perfect storage configuration combining both the Nelson Platform Bench and the coordinating Nelson Basic Cabinet Series. Now add a touch of extra comfort and pop of color with the Bench Cushion. Custom designed and made specifically for the Platform Bench, you can choose from 3 felt colors or leather upholstery at Herman Miller.
5. Nelson Swag Leg Work Table - Whether you’re crafting with the kids, finishing up a corporate merger, or collaborating with a creative team, the Swag Leg Table accommodates you with a generous 54″ x 36″ work space. Create a minimalist look with a white veneer top or add the tactile style of a walnut veneer, both with walnut edge band. Choose yours at Herman Miller.
6. George Nelson: Architect Writer Designer Teacher - No Nelson fan or admirer should be without the exhibition catalog that accompanied the Vitra Design Museum’s comprehensive retrospective of the same name. In full-color, the 352-page catalog includes a myriad of illustrations, some previously unpublished. Find it at Barnes & Noble.
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