Design by George Nelson, 1955.
By Herman Miller.
Originally introduced by Herman Miller in 1955, the Nelson Coconut Chair is a 20th century furniture icon. It has a simple, striking shape, and it is a very comfortable place to unwind. With its shallow sides and inviting curves, this chair is designed to let you sit in nearly any position and move with ease while the one-piece foam rubber, leather-upholstered cushion provides comfort and classic good looks. The third corner — the one that forms the backrest — is just slightly longer than the two on the sides. That's where the comfort comes from. The chair's molded plastic shell sits atop a three-leg chromed steel base with glides.
The Coconut Chair is completely true to George Nelson's original design, materials, and detailing. With the unique shell design, he accomplished his goal of providing attractive lounge seating that gives freedom of movement so that people can comfortably sit in just about any position they choose.
Material(s): Molded plastic, foam, leather and chrome
Dimensions: H 33" W 40" D 34"
Designer: George Nelson
When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps" — moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."
Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as antihuman." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.
Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.View other products by George Nelson
Manufacturer: Herman Miller
Herman Miller has been dedicated to design for more than 75 years. With a design legacy that began under the leadership of Gilbert Rohde and George Nelson in the 1930s and 40s, the company gained a worldwide following for its modern furniture collection by the early 1950s, with chairs, sofas and tables for home and office by designers like Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. These icons of modern design developed products that still endure today. And, through continued innovation at the company and a new generation of designers and ideas, the products that Herman Miller makes today will endure for decades to come.
Herman Miller works for a better world around you. They do this by designing furnishings that improve the human experience - from pioneering the way for ergonomic office seating and furniture to stewarding environmental leadership in its business and manufacturing processes, product material useage and product life cycles. Herman Miller's longstanding commitment to the world around us continues to drive design solutions for the modern home and workspace. The company continues to develop its designer relationships with names like Yves Behar, Jeff Weber and Studio 7 adding lighting, storage and office collections to its catalog of design classics.View other products from Herman Miller