Coconut Chair

George Nelson, 1955

  • The Coconut Chair, a prime example of 1950s design, is distinguished by its humorous undertones, formal clarity and sparing use of materials. The designer himself, George Nelson, compared the armchair with a coconut cut into eight parts, though he reversed the colours: the outer shell of the Coconut Chair is white, while the one-piece cushion is covered with high-quality leather or fabric in a variety of colours. By evoking the natural, spacious shape of a shell, Nelson created an inviting and comfortable armchair that allows the sitter to assume a wide range of positions.

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    71 yellow/pastel green

    69 grass-green/ivory

    70 grass green/forest

    87 ivory/forest

    77 nero/forest

    85 mint/ivory

    86 mint/forest

    73 petrol/moor brown

    81 ice blue/ivory

    82 ice blue/moor brown

    83 blue/ivory

    84 blue/moor brown

    74 dark blue/ivory

    75 dark blue/moor brown

    05 dark grey

    66 nero

    78 nero/moor brown

    76 marron/moor brown

    80 warmgrey/moor brown

    62 red/moor brown

    96 red/cognac

    63 red/poppy red

    65 coral/poppy red

    68 pink/poppy red

    67 poppy red/ivory

    72 yellow/poppy red

    88 cognac/ivory

    79 warmgrey/ivory


    72 snow

    21 dim grey

    67 asphalt

    66 nero

    68 chocolate

    69 marron

    70 red

    71 sand

    Leather Premium

    72 snow

    64 cement

    65 granite

    60 smoke blue

    59 jade

    58 khaki

    61 umbra grey

    67 asphalt

    66 nero

    77 brown

    68 chocolate

    87 plum

    69 marron

    93 brandy

    22 red stone

    97 cognac

    74 olive

    75 camel

    62 ochre

    63 cashew

    71 sand

    73 clay


    01 chrome

    Shell: glass fibre reinforced plastic in white.
    Upholstery: one-piece polyurethane foam padding.
    Base: tubular steel, polished chrome finish.
    Glides: fitted with plastic glides for carpet; felt glides for hard floors optionally available.

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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 furniture designs by Nelson for markets in Europe and the Middle East.
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