On the occasion of George Nelson's 100th birthday, the Vitra Design Museum launched a grand exhibition of the designer's work which will be in Australia next month for Sydney Design 2013. A renaissance man of the 1950s and 60s who spent his time between prefab housing concepts, furniture, industrial and object design, exhibitions, teaching and writing, George Nelson along with Charles and Ray Eames was one of the founding members of American modernism.

An extensive exhibition looking at the designer's long career in close detail, George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher features five areas of the studio and unravels Nelson's way of thinking across education, exhibitions, architecture and objects for the home, as well as his office interiors.

The show includes films and slide shows; detailed models of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow; his furniture, objects and architecture that demonstrate a preoccupation with the home and includes the iconic series of George Nelson clocks, the model of Nelson's 1950s Experimental House featuring ideas on modular prefab architecture with Plexiglas roof domes which could be assembled into personal habitations in tune with the owner's particular brief, and the many office interiors and furniture he created in the 60s.

Here we take a tour of the exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher opens in Australia on 3 August at the Powerhouse Museum during Sydney Design 2013 and runs until 10 January 2014.

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