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From the Marshmallow sofa to those glowing Bubble lamps, George Nelson’s designs are a must in many a modern interior. Here are 6 that stand out from the pages of Dwell.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Dark Hardwood Floor. “There’s a soulfulness in this small house that’s impossible to replicate in something completely new. The sweetness truly lingers," says architect Michael Lee.  Photo  of Designing with George Nelson PiecesView Photos

In this just under 900-square-foot Manhattan Beach bungalow redesigned by collectors Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes, they’ve chosen what to display wisely, including the designer’s Half Nelson lamp on the bedside table. Photo by Dave Lauridsen

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Floor Lighting, and Concrete Floor. A vintage lamp and George Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Spool clock embody the mid-century feel of Soheil and Nima Nakhshab’s design for a California family home. Photo  of Designing with George Nelson PiecesView Photos

A vintage lamp and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Spool clock embody the mid-century feel of Soheil and Nima Nakhshab’s design for their multigenerational family home in California. Photo by Ye Rin Mok

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, and Pendant Lighting. The double-height living space looks out to the reflecting pool and entry. A George Nelson Bubble Lamp, Edward Wormley Long John Bench, and Van Keppel Green settee and table were among the home’s original furnishings. Photo  of Designing with George Nelson PiecesView Photos

A Bubble Lamp hangs in The Opdahl House, designed by Edward Killingsworth for Richard and Joyce Opdahl on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California. Photo by Catherine Ledner

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Floor Lighting. Aumas outfitted a vintage steel-frame sofa by George Nelson in navy blue fabric from Kvadrat and hung one of his own photos just above it. The lamp to the left of the sofa is a 1960s design found at a Lisbon flea market, and to the right of the sofa is a Two-Arms rotating sconce by the mid-century French designer Serge Mouille. Photo  of Designing with George Nelson PiecesView Photos

In Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment, the owner-designer outfitted a vintage steel-frame sofa by George Nelson in navy blue fabric from Kvadrat. Photo by Christian Schaulin

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Table, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Kalia and Olivia in the dining room (the Danish dining table was acquired by Jesse’s parents in the mid-’70s, the dining chairs are by Arne Jacobsen, and the light fixture is by George Nelson). Photo  of Designing with George Nelson PiecesView Photos

Architect Jesse Bornstein chose a Nelson lamp for the dining room of his Santa Monica home. Photo by Catherine Ledner

A George Nelson daybed takes center stage at gallery level. Part of the couple's collection of American mid-century design, it harmonizes with the newer Dutch pieces and with the apartment's 17th-century architecture. Photo  of Designing with George Nelson Pieces modern homeView Photos

A Nelson daybed takes center stage at the gallery level of a converted 1630s warehouse in Amsterdam. Photo by Rene Mesman