What: George Nelson: Architect | Writer | Designer | Teacher
When: Through Sunday, October 14, 2012
Where: Cranbrook Art Museum
39221 Woodward Avenue, Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Why: Organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, “George Nelson: Architect/ Writer/ Designer Teacher” is the first comprehensive retrospective of Nelson’s work. It has been touring in Europe and most recently in the United States at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle. Cranbrook is the final stop in the US tour and the last opportunity to see this major exhibition before the work returns to Germany.
More than 120 three-dimensional objects including examples of chairs, benches, desks, cabinets, lamps, and clocks, as well as over 50 historical documents, such as drawings, photographs, architectural models, and films, form the core of the exhibition. Nelson was responsible for the production of numerous furnishings and interior designs that became modern classics, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947, the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards).