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Swag-Leg chair DAF by George Nelson for Herman Miller, 1958.
George Nelson explored the relatively new plastic technology employed by Herman Miller production of the Eames fiberglass shells. Using the same rubber mounts to fix chair and base he designed a highly evocative and sculptural two-part seat. The design offered great comfort levels through a highly individual organic form. The elegant solution for the legs was equally progressive, using a ‘swaging’ to taper the steel tubes to a smaller diameter along their length. The four unified legs create a pedestal format spreading from beneath the seat and following a graceful curve.
The whole design combines to marry quite different materials in a wholly modern and innovative form.
The DAF Swag Leg chair was expensive to produce and targeted quite a different market and price-point to that of the Eames shell chairs
Production ceased in 1964
Nelson also designed an articulated back version of the chair (MAA) and a desk using the same leg construction.
The DAF is seen to be an iconic and progressive design and forma part of many museum collections worldwide, including the V&A.
George Nelson holds the position as one of the most important figures in American design since 1945. His influence in the field of furniture design is one of international inspiration and impact.
During his stewardship of American furniture producers Herman Miller, monuments of furniture design were created and he guided the Eames’, Noguchi, Girard and others to curate a world-leading and historically significant collection. Many of these designs remain in production today. He was the original ‘creative director’.
Nelson’s own designs figure amongst these and express intellectualism, individuality and innovation.
George Nelson was multi-talented and excelled in the fields of architecture, furniture and product design.
He was a highly regarded commentator, writer and dictator of good design.
“What you make is important, design is an integral part of business, the product must be honest, there is a market for good design”
48w x 55d x 45/74cmh
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