This American industrial designer was an architect and a noted writer. George Nelson was headhunted by the chairman of Herman Miller even though he had no experience in furniture design because he wanted to tap Nelson’s wellspring of innovative, modern ideas. Nelson eventually became the Herman Miller design director and worked with many design luminaries in his time there, including Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi.
Nelson’s minimalist and inviting Coconut Lounge Chair (1955; Trident Lounge Chair) resembles a chunk of coconut and occupies a spot in the permanent collections of various museums.
His Nelson Platform Bench (1946; Rhyza Bench), a comfortable slatted bench, was actually first designed to deter visitors from lingering too long at his New York office. It failed in that regard but ended up winning points for its versatility and simplicity, combining both function and form with ease.
The Marshmallow Sofa (1954; Mallow Sofa) is generally thought to be the most iconic modernist sofa with its distinctively pop art look. Its whimsical design comprises of 18 round cushions ‘floating’ on its brushed steel frame. The idea of it came about when a plastics company salesman presented the studio with a new, inexpensive product: an injection plastic disc. The plastic disc didn’t hold up to claims but the sofa design that was centred around the design took off, despite the fact that the sofa became a luxury product due to the labour involved in and high costs of production.
A large series of popular wall clocks was also designed under his firm, George Nelson Associates, for the Howard Miller Clock Company, including the Ball Clock (1948; Tic-Tac Clock), the Starburst Clock (1950; Compass Clock), the Petal Clock (1960; QB Clock) and the oversized Eye Clock (1957; Eye Clock), which is able to be used vertically or horizontally.
Something that only came to light after Nelson’s death was that many of the designs that were credited to Nelson were actually the designs of his employees. Industrial designer Irving Harper actually designed the Marshmallow Sofa and presumably many of the clocks under the Howard Miller Clock Company account, which he was in charge of.
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.