The Dahlman House

Amberley Village, Ohio

Wright’s influence on Abrom Dombar is evident in his designs for the Dahlman house.

In the 1930s, brothers Abrom and Benjamin Dombar studied under Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship in Scottsdale, Arizona. Drawing inspiration from Wright’s concept of Organic Architecture, the brothers returned to Cincinnati and designed hundreds homes both together and independently. Wright’s influence on Abrom Dombar is evident in his designs for the Dahlman house which boasted sweeping planes and large spans of windows. At the time of its completion in 1952, Mr. and Mrs. Dahlman purchased various pieces to furnish their home, including works by George Nelson & Associates, Charles and Ray Eames and Hendrick Van Keppel and Taylor Green. The kitchen and bathroom were featured in period advertisements for Formica - one advertisement illustrating the home’s blush-colored kitchen also shows the Dahlman’s original dining set, offered here.

This selection of period furnishings has remained together in the home since they were purchased in the early 1950s.

The dining set illustrated in a Formica advertisement from 1953.

Lots from The Dahlman House

George Nelson & Associates

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1908, George Nelson studied architecture at Yale University, teaching for a short time before the Great Depression. In 1932, he won the Rome Prize and spent the next two years studying design in Italy. Returning to the states, Nelson sold his essays to Pencil Points and became an associate editor at Architecture Forum and Fortune magazine. After reading Nelson’s innovative book Tomorrow's House, then president of Herman Miller furniture company D.J. De Pree hired Nelson as design director. Nelson launched his first collection in 1947 and transformed the struggling company into a groundbreaking leader in the field. Nelson remained at Herman Miller until the mid-1960s, and was responsible for bringing Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi on board.

In 1947, Nelson opened his own design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc. which at one time employed over seventy people. The company’s work within corporate settings revolutionized the concept of branding and elevated industrial design to new heights. Throughout his career, Nelson continued to write critically about design across multiple planes, teaching and consulting until his death in 1986.

Auction Results George Nelson & Associates

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Rare and important Marshmallow Sofa | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Rare and important Marshmallow Sofa
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $112,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Comprehensive Storage System | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Comprehensive Storage System
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $36,750

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Thin Edge end tables, pair | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Thin Edge end tables, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $34,800

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, custom jewelry chest | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

custom jewelry chest
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $33,600

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Marshmallow Sofa | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Marshmallow Sofa
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $30,420

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Marshmallow sofa, model #5670 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Marshmallow sofa, model #5670
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $27,600

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, custom wall clock, model #2237 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

custom wall clock, model #2237
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $24,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, miniature chest, model #5511 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

miniature chest, model #5511
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $24,000

GEORGE NELSON, Marshmallow sofa | Wright20.com

George Nelson

Marshmallow sofa
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Marshmallow sofa | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Marshmallow sofa
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $20,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Carousel weather vane | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Carousel weather vane
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $20,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Marshmallow sofa, model 5670 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Marshmallow sofa, model 5670
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $20,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Whirlygig clock, model 2268 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Whirlygig clock, model 2268
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,600

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, miniature cabinet | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

miniature cabinet
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,200

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, table clock, model 2208 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

table clock, model 2208
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, jewelry cabinet, model #5211 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

jewelry cabinet, model #5211
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $17,700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Watermelon table clock, model 2219-B | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Watermelon table clock, model 2219-B
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $17,700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Marshmallow sofa | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Marshmallow sofa
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $17,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Clocknik table clock, model 2270 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Clocknik table clock, model 2270
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $17,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Rare Five Leaf chairs from the 1964 New York World's Fair, pair | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Rare Five Leaf chairs from the 1964 New York World's Fair, pair
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $17,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Comprehensive Storage System (CSS) | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Comprehensive Storage System (CSS)
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $16,250

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Watermelon table clock, model 2219B | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Watermelon table clock, model 2219B
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,250

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, chaise lounge, model #5490 | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

chaise lounge, model #5490
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,600

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Comprehensive Storage System (CSS) | Wright20.com

George Nelson & Associates

Comprehensive Storage System (CSS)
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $15,600