“Design is a response
to social change.”
Born in Hartford Connecticut in 1908, Nelson was one of the founding fathers of American modernism. Together with Charles & Ray Eames, Nelson was part of a generation of architects who revolutionised product, graphic and interior design transforming everyday objects into works of art.
Having graduated with a degree in Architecture at Yale University in 1928, Nelson was a firm believer in the modernist movement, whose core principles of form and functionality he applied fastidiously to every one of his designs.
Despite such a hard-line approach, Nelson’s sculpted designs caught the American public’s imagination, and in 1945 he was appointed design director at leading furniture and homewares manufacturer Herman Miller.
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