George Nelson was an influential American designer throughout the modern era, contributing to the futuristic, stylish looks and principles of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
If you are interested in vintage furniture and have browsed the market a bit, you might have noticed how popular the mid-century modern design is. It inspires new designers who reinterpret it or incorporate it into their interiors. Authentic original pieces will always remain the most sought-after.
George Nelson was one of the most popular mid-century furniture designers. George Nelson was an influential American designer throughout the modern era, contributing to the futuristic, stylish looks and principles of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Initially trained in architecture, he converted to furniture design and created timeless pieces. Here are some examples of his most loved pieces:
The Marshmallow Sofa: This furniture piece is composed of many round pillows that resemble marshmallows, mounted on a simple metal frame that makes them seem to float in mid-air. It is a futuristic look, characteristic of the Atomic Style movement, but it adds color and playfulness to any decor.
The Coconut Chair: A sleek, geometric design that resembles a piece of a coconut shell, this modern, sharp-looking chair remains fabulous to this day. The way it combines sharp lines with the organic, egg-shaped bottom theme of the era is dynamic and exciting, while the upholstery brings the whole look together and adds color to your decor. It might be accompanied by an ottoman that complements it perfectly.
The Thin Edge Collection: One of the most popular concepts of mid-century modern is the floating furniture with seamless sections that seem to merge with the background. Tapered legs are also characteristic of the era, together with rosewood or shiny walnut finishes.
These are just three examples of collections and individual items designed by George Nelson. If you are interested in buying a genuine Nelson piece, view our collection of George Nelson furniture.
It is important to have quality, professionally restored vintage pieces. The value of a vintage piece is affected by repairs and replacements. The most valuable items are entirely original and very well kept, and a professional restorer performs the work that has been done on them.