George Nelson (1908-1986)

Born In: Hartford, Connecticut

Years Active: 1936-1986

Despite having no experience designing furniture George Nelson was hired as the Director of Design at herman Miller Inc in 1945. He continued at the helm until 1972.  In his nearly 30 year tenure  he was responsible for brining Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Donald Knorr, and Isamu Noguchi as well as his own designs into the Herman Miller fold thus catapulting them to the forefront of American modernism.