George Nelson is one of the most influential figures in American post-war modernism. After studying architecture at Yale University, Nelson was awarded a Rome Prize. During his two years there he conducted interviews with leading European modernists—Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius—which were published in the magazine Pencil Points, establishing Nelson as a voice that would shape design thinking in the coming decades. After returning to the US, Nelson taught architecture at Columbia University, and became associate editor of Architecture Forum. He was invited to design his first collection for Herman Miller in 1945, and was named design director in 1947. Over the course of his long... more.