Home Desk. George Nelson, 1958 High-quality materials emphasise the graceful refinement of the Home Desk by George Nelson, originally designed in 1958 as a lady's writing table. Today the compact desk tends to be used in home offices, where it adds an appealing decorative accent with its multicoloured compartments. This product was designed by George Nelson George Nelson is regarded as one of the most important figures in American design. Active as an architect, a product and exhibition designer and a writer, he was a leading voice in the discourse on design and architecture over several decades. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of specified Nelson products for markets in Europe and the Middle East.