George Nelson for Herman Miller Sofa in Off-White Fabric
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George Nelson for Herman Miller, sofa, metal, fabric upholstery, United States, 1960s
Very fine sofa by George Nelson (1908-1986) for Herman Miller. This sofa has a metal frame with square chrome-plated legs, the seats are in wonderful thick off-white upholstery. The backrest is decorated with a tufted line.
George Nelson (1908-1986) was an architect, writer, lecturer and designer who was one of the first to pick up Industrial Design in the United States. Nelson fundamentally questioned the basis of furniture business. After initial reluctance Nelson came to work as a designer and director at Herman Miller in 1944. Here, Nelson rejected the purely market-oriented type of business model that was predominant in the furniture sector and plead only to make furniture of which he was completely convinced: the rest would follow. In his first year at Miller, he produced 77 designs. Nelson believed furthermore that the industrial designer brought together all the arts. His designs are recognized by open shapes, clean lines and modest forms.