The industrial designer is an artist because he shapes things in an effort to give order and beauty to a mass of material, and because in doing so he infuses emotional content into an inanimate object...[a designer] will be judged ultimately on...the vision with which he establishes his standards and the courage with which he sticks by them.

George Nelson

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.

Upcoming Lots George Nelson & Associates

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, table clock, model 4761 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

table clock, model 4761
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Knot clock, model 4775 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Knot clock, model 4775
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Thin Edge nightstands model 5707, pair | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Thin Edge nightstands model 5707, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Contract Bench System, model 5996 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Contract Bench System, model 5996
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Asterisk wall clock, model 2213 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Asterisk wall clock, model 2213
estimate: $200–300

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, tray tables, pair | wright20.com

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tray tables, pair
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Miniature cabinet | wright20.com

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Miniature cabinet
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Thin Edge cabinet, model 5202 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Thin Edge cabinet, model 5202
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, table clock, model 4765A | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

table clock, model 4765A
estimate: $400–600

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Flock of Butterflies clock, model 2226 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Flock of Butterflies clock, model 2226
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, early table clock, model 4762 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

early table clock, model 4762
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Pretzel armchair, model 5890 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Pretzel armchair, model 5890
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Masonite table clock, model 4767A | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Masonite table clock, model 4767A
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, CSS (Comprehensive Storage System) | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

CSS (Comprehensive Storage System)
estimate: $3,000–5,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Thin Edge cabinet, model 5202 | wright20.com

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Thin Edge cabinet, model 5202
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Spike wall clock, model 2202E | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Spike wall clock, model 2202E
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Coconut chairs, pair | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Coconut chairs, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Baroque table clock, model 2255 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Baroque table clock, model 2255
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Thin Edge cabinet, model 5723 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Thin Edge cabinet, model 5723
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Half Nelson table lamp | wright20.com

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Half Nelson table lamp
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Slat bench, model 4692 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Slat bench, model 4692
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, CSS (Comprehensive Storage System) | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

CSS (Comprehensive Storage System)
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Slat bench, model 4992 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Slat bench, model 4992
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, firestarter | wright20.com

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firestarter
estimate: $500–700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Action Office storage system | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

Action Office storage system
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, cabinet, model 4606 and bookcase, model 4635-AG | wright20.com

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cabinet, model 4606 and bookcase, model 4635-AG
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, cabinet, model 4937 | wright20.com

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cabinet, model 4937
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Slat bench, model 4992 | wright20.com

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Slat bench, model 4992
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Catenary chair, model 6380 | wright20.com

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Catenary chair, model 6380
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Catenary coffee table, model 6371 | wright20.com

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Catenary coffee table, model 6371
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, CSS (Comprehensive Storage System) | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

CSS (Comprehensive Storage System)
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, daybed, model 5088 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

daybed, model 5088
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, CSS (Comprehensive Storage System) | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

CSS (Comprehensive Storage System)
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, firestarter | wright20.com

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firestarter
estimate: $500–700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, headboard, model 4646 | wright20.com

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headboard, model 4646
estimate: $300–500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, coffee table, model 5452 | wright20.com

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coffee table, model 5452
estimate: $500–700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, cabinet, model 4937 and bookcase, model 4935 | wright20.com

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cabinet, model 4937 and bookcase, model 4935
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, lounge chair, model 5071 and ottoman | wright20.com

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lounge chair, model 5071 and ottoman
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, pedestal occasional table, model 5451 | wright20.com

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George Nelson & Associates

pedestal occasional table, model 5451
estimate: $100–150

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, planter coffee table, model 4757 | wright20.com

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planter coffee table, model 4757
estimate: $1,000–1,500

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Slat bench, model 4692 | wright20.com

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Slat bench, model 4692
estimate: $500–700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES HERMAN MILLER, Steelframe cabinet, model 4012 | wright20.com

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Steelframe cabinet, model 4012
estimate: $500–700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Sling sofa, model 6832 | wright20.com

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Sling sofa, model 6832
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Steelframe armchairs model 5080, pair | wright20.com

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Steelframe armchairs model 5080, pair
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Steelframe cabinet, model 4011 and nightstand, model 4051 | wright20.com

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Steelframe cabinet, model 4011 and nightstand, model 4051
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Steelframe desk, model 4173 | wright20.com

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Steelframe desk, model 4173
estimate: $700–900

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, nightstand, model 4618 | wright20.com

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nightstand, model 4618
estimate: $500–700

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, cabinet, model 4935 | wright20.com

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cabinet, model 4935
estimate: $1,500–2,000

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