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 Nelsonâ€™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 companyâ€™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.

Upcoming Lots **George Nelson & Associates**

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Diamond Markers wall clock, model 2267A from the Motion Notion series

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Hexagon wall clock, model 2266A from the Motion Notion series

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Rare Compass wall clock, model 2278B from the Motion Notion series

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Platter wall clock, model 2274A from the Motion Notion series

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Kaleidoscope wall clock, model 2277 from the Motion Notion series

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Whirlygig table clock, model 2268 from the Motion Notion series

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166 George Nelson & Associates

Ribwood wall clock, model 2291 from the Clocks Ahead of Time series

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167 George Nelson & Associates

Rare Flexwood wall clock, model 2286 from the Clocks Ahead of Time series

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168 George Nelson & Associates

Birdcage wall clock, model 2292A from the Clocks Ahead of Time series

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169 George Nelson & Associates

Wheel wall clock, model 2288B from the Clocks Ahead of Time series

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Block wall clock model 2285A, from the Clocks Ahead of Time series

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171 George Nelson & Associates

Ring Around wall clock, model 2287A from the Clocks Ahead of Time series

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180 George Nelson & Associates

Miniature cabinet, model 5211 from the collection of George Nelson

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