George Nelson (1908–1986), architect, design critic and interior, product and graphic designer. As design director of Herman Miller from 1945 to 1972, he hired a host of now-famous names including Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Irving Harper. Among his creations were the Nelson bench, the Coconut chair, the Sling sofa, the well-known Bubble lamps and a host of clocks for the Howard Miller Clock Company.
Introduced in 1958, this dining/work-height chair was originally manufactured in fi breglass-reinforced resin, but was reissued in 2007 in polypropylene.
What makes it special
The organic shape sits lightly upon a chromed base, its tapered legs achieved by ‘swagging’ the metal tubing. It has greatly influenced many office furniture designs, such as Arper’s Catifa four-way swivel.