Vitra Coconut chair is a typical 1950s design – it stands out for its humorous touch and minimal use of materials. Geroge Nelson himself compared it with a coconut cut into eight parts, and inverted the coconut’s colours: the plastic seat shell is white, while the single-section upholstery comes in black leather.
This return to the natural spatial shape of a shell enabled Nelson to create an inviting, comfortable armchair that offers users the freedom to sit in countless different positions.
Colour: Steel frame, white shell & Black Leather
Material: White shell made of fibreglass-reinforced plastic on a high-polished chromed tubular steel base frame
George Nelson, born 1908 in Hartford, Connecticut (USA), studied architecture at Yale University. A fellowship enabled him to study at the American Academy in Rome from 1932 to 1934. In Europe, he became acquainted with the major architectural works and leading protagonists of modernism. George Nelson transformed everyday objects into art, such as his iconic sunburst clock.