George Nelson & Associates

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1908, George Nelson studied architecture at Yale University, teaching for a short time before the Great Depression. In 1932, he won the Rome Prize and spent the next two years studying design in Italy. Returning to the states, Nelson sold his essays to Pencil Points and became an associate editor at Architecture Forum and Fortune magazine. After reading Nelson’s innovative book Tomorrow's House, then president of Herman Miller furniture company D.J. De Pree hired Nelson as design director. Nelson launched his first collection in 1947 and transformed the struggling company into a groundbreaking leader in the field. Nelson remained at Herman Miller until the mid-1960s, and was responsible for bringing Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi on board.

In 1947, Nelson opened his own design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc. which at one time employed over seventy people. The company’s work within corporate settings revolutionized the concept of branding and elevated industrial design to new heights. Throughout his career, Nelson continued to write critically about design across multiple planes, teaching and consulting until his death in 1986.

Auction Results George Nelson & Associates

GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Thin Edge king-sized headboard | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

Thin Edge king-sized headboard

estimate: $400–600
result: $768
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, slat benches, models 4693M and 4692 | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

slat benches, models 4693M and 4692

estimate: $700–900
result: $2,080
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Executive Office desk and return | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

Executive Office desk and return

estimate: $2,500–3,500
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Miniature cabinet | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

Miniature cabinet

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $6,250
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, grandfather clock | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

grandfather clock

estimate: $400–600
result: $1,125
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, X-leg Extension table, model 5260 | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

X-leg Extension table, model 5260

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,875
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, headboard, model 4646, and nightstands, pair | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

headboard, model 4646, and nightstands, pair

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,375
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Marshmallow sofa | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

Marshmallow sofa

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $15,000
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Pedestal stool | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

Pedestal stool

estimate: $300–500
result: $875
GEORGE NELSON & ASSOCIATES, Coconut chair | ragoarts.com

George Nelson & Associates

Coconut chair

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,120