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


    79 warmgrey/ivory


    80 warmgrey/moor brown


    05 dark grey


    66 nero


    78 nero/moor brown


    76 marron/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


    88 cognac/ivory


    72 yellow/poppy red

    Leather


    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


    62 ochre


    75 camel


    63 cashew


    71 sand


    73 clay

    Base


    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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