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Events November 2012


George Nelson: Design for Living, American Mid-Century Design and Its Legacy Today

November 9, 2012

Coinciding with the exhibition “George Nelson: Architect/Writer/Designer/Teacher” at the Yale School of Architecture, this symposium will bring together an international group of historians, critics and designers who will examine the work of the designer George Nelson (1908-1986) in the context of its time and the legacy of mid-century Modern design today. Nelson and his contemporaries helped to evolve the Bauhaus aesthetic into a more colorful, playful, technically savvy and versatile idiom evocative of the American lifestyle in the mid-century. Nelson contributed such iconic designs as his the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947), and the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards).

After receiving both bachelor of arts and bachelor of architecture degrees from Yale and the Rome Prize of the American Academy, Nelson began his career as an architect, writer, publicist, lecturer and curator, before becoming director of design for Herman Miller, where, for almost three decades, he and his collaborators decisively shaped the company’s product line and public image.

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Friday November 9, 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday November 10, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Yale School of Architecture, Hastings Hall, New Haven, CT
Registration required
The exhibition “George Nelson: Architect/Writer/Designer/Teacher” opens November 5 and runs through February 2013

(Top) George Nelson, late 1940s. Courtesy Vitra Design Museum Archive (Bottom) Ball Clock, 1947


Week of November 4th