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Design by George Nelson, 1955. By Herman Miller.  Originally introduced by Herman Miller in 1955, the Nelson Coconut Chair changed the landscape for American furniture, offering supreme comfort and, as Nelson described, "freedom of movement". This 20th... Read More
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Nelson Coconut Chair

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Design by George Nelson, 1955.
By Herman Miller.

Originally introduced by Herman Miller in 1955, the Nelson Coconut Chair changed the landscape for American furniture, offering supreme comfort and, as Nelson described, "freedom of movement". This 20th century furniture icon features a simple, striking shape that is a very comfortable place to unwind. With its unique shell design, shallow sides and inviting curves, the Coconut lounge chair is designed to let you sit in nearly any position and move with ease. Its one-piece foam rubber, leather-upholstered cushion provides luxurious seating and classic good looks.

Product Features:

  • Constructed with George Nelson's original design, materials, and detailing
  • Generous padding with a thick, one-piece foam rubber cushion upholstered in supple black leather
  • Comfort added with the third corner (forming the backrest), which is just slightly longer than the two side corners
  • Upholstery is molded into the plastic shell for durability and lightness
  • Sturdy frame includes bent-steel, three-legged base with tough nylon glides
  • Ships fully assembled
  • Backed by Herman Miller's 5 Year Warranty: View Here

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Specifications

Material(s): Molded plastic, foam, leather and chrome

Dimensions:

  • 40"W X 34"D X 33"H
  • Weight: 82 lbs.

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5569

George Nelson

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."

An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.

The first break was being named an editor of Architectural Forum magazine. Working on a story there in 1942, he was looking at aerial photos of blighted cities when--zap!--he developed the concept of the downtown pedestrian mall, which was unveiled in the Saturday Evening Post.

Soon after, another zap led to the Storagewall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. The Storagewall was showcased in a 1945 Life magazine article, causing a sensation in the furniture industry. Herman Miller founder D.J. DePree saw the article and was so impressed that he paid a visit to Nelson in New York and convinced him to be his director of design, which spurred Nelson to found his design firm, George Nelson & Associates. The warm personal and professional relationship between Nelson and DePree yielded a stunning range of products, from the playful Marshmallow Sofa to the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation.

Nelson once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." That's one reason why George Nelson & Associates worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years as they shepherded design into the modern era.

During this same period, George Nelson & Associates also created many landmark designs of products, showrooms, and exhibitions for a variety of companies and organizations.

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.

Awards/Recognition
Prix de Rome for architecture, 1932
Best Office of the Year, New York Times, 1953
Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York, 1953
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, 1954
Trailblazer Award, National Home Furnishings League, 1954
Chairman, International Design Conference in Aspen, 1965, 1982
Scholar in Residence, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Design, 1984
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1991
Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.

- from HermanMiller.com

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Herman Miller

Manufacturer: Herman Miller

Herman Miller®. Designing and building a better world around you.

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.

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