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* 1908 in Hartford, Connecticut
† 1986 in New York
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The US-American designer, industrial designer, architect and publicist George Nelson is born in 1908 in Hartford, the capital of the federal state of Connecticut.
From 1928 until 1931, he attends one of the most renowned universities of the world, Yale University; also, the Yale Academy of Arts obtaining both, a BA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
During his first time in Europe from 1932 to 1934, George Nelson studies at the American Academy in Rome, later returning to the US in 1935.
Between 1944 and 1949, he edits alongside some colleagues the journal "Architectural Forum" and writes countless articles as journalist for the magazine "Pencil Point". With these articles George Nelson acquaints American readers with the European avant-garde.
At 26 years of age, from 1946 until 1972 George Nelson is the director of design at Herman Miller, a US-American manufacturer of office furniture and equipment based in Michigan. George Nelson is able to commit Charles and Ray Eames long term to the company. Under his management the Eames’ celebrate their greatest successes.
In 1947, George Nelson opens a practice in New York which becomes George Nelson & Associates; and later in 1953 with Gordon Chadwick as a partner. While working for Herman Miller, George Nelson introduces several important innovations in office furniture design. George Nelson discovers important innovations in the range of office furniture. The innovative new joint fastener consisting of steel ball bearings on rubber mounts, the office chairs become more flexible and can be adjusted backwards up to a 90-degree angle.
In 1946, George Nelson designs the simple and functional Hardwood Bench.
George Nelson describes his creative work as follows: “…the human requirements are multiplex, often unpredictably and hardly quantifiable, but complex, subtly and mysterious”.
George Nelson gets numerous prizes and awards for his creativeness.
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