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GEORGE NELSON: ARCHITECT, WRITER, DESIGNER, TEACHER
A comprehensive retrospective of the work of George Nelson (1908–1986), one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century, will open at the Powerhouse Museum as part of Sydney Design 2013.
Marshmallow Sofa, 1956. Photo: Vitra
Nelson created classics of modern furniture and interior design like the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (pictured, 1956), the Ball Clock (1947), the Bubble Lamps (starting in 1952) and the Action Office (1964). He was not only a leading designer and notable architect, but also a prominent author, editor, lecturer, exhibition designer, and a passionate photographer.
In his many essays on design, he was one of the most prominent voices among his peers in reflecting on the working conditions, duties and objectives of his profession at a time when the field and its image were still in the formative years. Nelson’s conception of design as a system, his approach that went beyond mere styling and always took into consideration the greater nexus of interrelated interests and concerns as well as his achievements in the teaching of design give his oeuvre particular relevance and appeal in today’s context.
Exhibition opens as part of Sydney Design 2013
Zoo Clocks, 1965. Photo: Vitra Design Museum Archive
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