George Nelson Retrospective at the Yale School of Architecture

An American master who created icons of mid-century design, George Nelson is being celebrated in a comprehensive retrospective currently on view at Yale’s School of Architecture Gallery. Organized by the Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition features more than 120 original pieces—including such memorable creations as the Ball Clock, the Coconut Chair and the Marshmallow Sofa—as well as drawings, films and other materials. As director of design at Herman Miller, Nelson conceived new ways to live and work, fashioning a sleek, revolutionary ambiance that now defines the Mad Men, three-martini-lunch era. General Electric and IBM were among the corporations that Nelson branded, and he is credited with pioneering the L-shaped desk, now a standard bearer in 9-to-5 culture. “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” runs through January 26, 2013. Also, click below for a fascinating conversation with his secretary (and model), from The New York Times:

George Nelson at the 1964 New York’s World’s Fair Chrysler Pavilion.