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George Nelson (United States 1904 - 1986)

Georg Nelson was one of the founders of American modernism. He created design icons such as the "Marshmallow Sofa", "Coconut Chair" and the "Swagged Leg" group. Nelson became a leading figure in post-war American design, architecture, and criticism. He studied at the American Academy in Rome between in the 1930's. His European experience led to a series of articles on European Modernism in the periodical Pencil Points, followed by work in an editorial capacity at the progressive and influential Architectural Forum and the establishment of his architectural practice in 1936. In 1946 he was appointment as design director to the Herman Miller Furniture Company. He designed a range of furniture including the Basic Storage Unit, which originated from a concept that he had evolved with Henry Wright. In addition to lighting, textiles, and interiors, other designs for Herman Miller included the striking Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Sling Sofa (1964), the Action Office (1964), and Executive Office (1971). For the Herman Miller Clock Company, Nelson designed the Ball Clock (1950) with its contemporary molecular hour marks, and the Spider Web Clock.