Tag Archives: George Nelson

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Style Files: The History of Upholstery

Have you ever sat down on a cool, silk cushioned chair on a hot summer day or snuggled up on a wool loveseat in the middle of the winter and said, “thank goodness for upholstery?” Ok, maybe not. But it is pretty fantastic that we no longer have to sit down on stone slab benches when we want to take a seat. Perhaps you’ve never actively thought about upholstery but think about it for a moment. Think about the intricate details of your favorite armchair or your family’s sofa. Have you ever wondered what it would look like underneath the fabric? There are layers of framework, webbing, springs, and hours of labor that went into providing you with that piece of furniture. The history of upholstery is as intricate as the process of upholstering. Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: George Nelson

George Nelson was an American industrial designer and one of the founders of American Modernism. Nelson was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 29, 1908 and attended Hartford Public High School in 1924 before attending Yale University. He had no intention of becoming an architect until one day he was caught in a rainstorm on campus. He ran into the first building he passed which happened to be the school of architecture. Once inside he saw a student exhibition titled “A Cemetery Gateway” and decided to pursue architecture full time. Continue reading