36 North Ferry Rd, P.O. Box 1920 Shelter Island, NY 11964 United States 917.318.1239
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$ 3,800

Walnut and Laminate Desk in the manor of George Nelson

In the Style of George Nelson
Period 1950-1979
W. 54 in; H. 29 in; D. 30 in;
W. 137.16 cm; H. 73.66 cm; D. 76.2 cm;
Condition Excellent Condition. Age appropriate patina.
Description Modernist desk done in the style of George Nelson for Herman Miller, with beautifully grained walnut casework and a sleek laminate top. Houses three substantial drawers with spacious interiors and well-spaced grooves for customizable separation within. The drawers are smoothly and solidly opened and closed with stainless steel wire handles. The legs are powder coated, perfectly and subtly complimenting the wide laminate work surface. Additionally, the legs are height adjustable, allowing for maximum comfort and productivity.

Truly an innovator, George Nelson is considered by many to be the father of American modernist furniture and interior design, and was among its most ardent defenders for the entirety of his professional career. Born in Connecticut in 1908, Nelson went on to graduate with a degree in architecture from Yale University in 1928, where he first acquired his love and appreciation for modernist design and principles. He would earn a second degree from the university three years later in fine arts while also publishing articles on architecture and design for numerous specialty magazines. After winning the prestigious Rome Prize, an academic fellowship granted by the American Academy in Rome, Nelson was able to not only learn and train with some of the best in the world, but it also gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and exchange ideas with his fellow modernists, which only solidified his devotion and passion for the style.

When he returned to the United States, Nelson became a prominent defender of the burgeoning modernist movement, penning many articles and even a book, entitled Tomorrow’s House, which outlined what Nelson saw as the future of American living in the modern world. It was this devotion to modern American living that caught the attention of the Herman Miller furniture company, which named Nelson its Director of Design in 1947. For the next 25 years, Nelson pioneered and supervised some of the most iconic designs in mid-century American furniture - innovative pieces for both the home and the workplace, which would propel American modernism into the forefront of American society and American living.
Styles / Movements Modern
Incollect Reference Number 386388
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