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Nelson Coconut Chair

Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair

Product Story

What kind of person thinks up a chair that looks like a piece of coconut? How about the person who came up with the Marshmallow Sofa. The person who said, “Total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything.” Who brought modernism to American furniture. George Nelson. 1950s. Call it what you will: classic, icon or a piece of hard-shelled tropical fruit. Half a century later, it’s as wonderful to look at – and sit in – as ever.

Yes! It Is Comfortable!

If the idea of sitting in a piece of coconut shell makes your back tense up, try sitting in this one. George Nelson said that he developed the chair “to give lounge seating comfort, together with great freedom of movement”. He succeeded. With its shallow sides and inviting curves, the chair is designed to let you sit in any position and move with surprising and relaxing ease.

Comfortable, Durable Materials

Generously padded with a thick, one-piece foam rubber cushion upholstered in supple black leather. 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 upholstery is moulded into the simple, striking plastic shell, which is lightweight but sturdy. It sits on top of a clean, bent-steel, three-legged base with tough nylon glides. Durability. Built in.

Design Story

Introduced in 1955, the Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair is just one example of the burst of creativity that emerged from George Nelson’s design studio and changed the look and feel of American furniture. Once our founder, D.J. De Pree, had convinced Nelson to become his director of design, a warm personal and professional relationship between the two led to a stunning range of products, including the Marshmallow Sofa and the first L-shaped desk, a precursor to today’s workstation. It also led, of course, to this chair.

Because of its unique, striking design, the Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair is part of permanent collections in museums worldwide. Because of the comfort that Nelson provided in his design, it’s also part of the “permanent collection” in homes and offices. The chair, as we produce it today, is true to Nelson’s original design, materials and detailing. A modern classic, plain and simple.

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