The Coconut Chair is one of the most iconic chair design of all time. It was originally designed by George Nelson, widely recognized as the father of modernism industrial designs. Please read our blog post on George Nelson.
George Nelson designed the Coconut chair in 1955. The idea of sitting in a coconut slice may not initially seem appealing, but the chair is famed for being extremely comfortable. Nelson said he developed it ‘to give lounge seating comfort, together with great freedom of movement’. With its shallow sides and soft curves, the chair is designed to let you sit in any position and move with ease.
George Nelson compared his armchair to a coconut cut into eight sections, but he reversed the colours. The outer shell is white, like the inner flesh of a coconut, while the one-piece foam rubber cushion is darker. It comes upholstered in supple leather or fabric, and is available in a variety of colours. The third corner, which forms the backrest, is slightly longer than the two side tips to create a cosy, cocooning effect.
Because of its unique, striking design, the Coconut chair is part of the permanent collection in museums worldwide. Although the Coconut Chair has been widely copied, at present days, the production rights remain in the hands of Herman Miller in the US and Vitra in Europe.