Designer, teacher, writer, editor, gadfly. George Nelson never hesitated to say exactly what he believed to be true. So, in a 1947 issue of Fortune magazine, he had this to say about the furniture industry in the United States:
"The only simple statement that can be made about the furniture industry is that it is the second largest producer of consumer goods in the United States. The rest of the story is confusion, contradictions, more than a trace of catalepsy, and some exciting potentials...."
Many of those potentials were brought to fruition by Nelson, who had just become our director of design when the Fortune article appeared. He and his colleagues Charles and Ray Eames set out to move not just Herman Miller but the entire world of American home design away from its emphasis on reproductions of historic styles and into a brilliant new future.
George Nelson designs—including the Coconut Chair, Marshmallow Sofa, Platform Bench, and a slew of chests, tables, and work desks—are as popular today as they were when they were first introduced. Proving that good design is always in style.
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