Considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of American Modernism, George Nelson truly revolutionized modern design. Today, homes across America continue to tell time and illuminate their interiors with George Nelson clocks and Bubble lamps, icons of mid-century modern design.
The original clocks and lamps were designed by George Nelson Associates for both the Herman Miller
Furniture Co. and the Howard Miller Clock Co. from the 1940s until the 1980s. The Nelson line of clocks
and Bubble lamps were the most famous results of the effort to create home furnishings and accessories that were simple and streamlined, as functional as they were pleasing to look at.
Why We Love George Nelson Designs
As an editor and writer for various architectural forums, Nelson was eloquent and out-spoken about his modernist design ideals. Nelson believed that the work of a designer should be to better the world because, in his view, nature was already perfect; man only ruined it when he began making things that didn't really follow the rules of nature. His post-war treatise on modern design, Tomorrow's House (which introduced the concepts of the family room and storage walls) didn't approach modern design so much as a style as it proposed solutions to the problems of modern 20th century living.
After falling out of favor for a time, Nelson's minimalist designs are back and more popular than ever. George Nelson Bubble lamp designs are reproduced by Modernica, including popular models like the Saucer Criss Cross Bubble Pendant or the Ball Bubble Pendant. George Nelson clocks are also being reproduced (by Vitra), including the famous Ball Clock and Starburst Clock, among others.
Lumens carries George Nelson designs for Vitra and Herman Miller, including the Herman Miller Collection. If you don't see the George Nelson product you want, please Contact Us or call us at 877.445.4486.
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