Designed by George Nelson

Nelson Cube Armchair

Nelson Cube Armchair in oak and leather.

Carries the day, at work or at home

The striking Nelson Cube Armchair is a study in the dichotomy of hard and soft. For his 1968 design, George Nelson paired an architecturally rigorous wood frame with soft, tufted cushions for low-key lounging. As relevant today as when it was first introduced, the Cube Armchair is a design that sits beautifully in the living room or the office.

Nelson Cube Armchair in walnut and Mode textile.

Hard lines and a soft touch

Nelson’s design juxtaposes the firm lines of the wooden frame with pliable seating and a gently angled seatback for an armchair that provides an equal measure of give and support. Its square cushions are tufted and framed with piping, adding warmth and visual variety.

Nelson Cube Armchair detail of cushions and piping.

Inclusive of function and place

Structured enough to support an upright work posture but with supple cushions that encourage sinking into it with a book, the armchair traverses the boundary between work and home with ease. It’s available in a variety of textiles and finishes. Pair a dark finish with leather or velvet for a handsome look or lighten the aesthetic with a white oak finish and a wool blend textile.

A living space featuring the Nelson Cube Sofa, Nelson Cane Bench, and Eames Lounge Chair accessorized with cork stools, a floor lamp, linen rug, chess set, and fireplace tools.

Quintessentially Nelson

Prescient as well as practical, Nelson thought the experience of work would improve if the workplace was like “a daytime living room where work can be done under less tension.” Through its suitability to the office and home, streamlined design, and craftsmanship—all hallmarks of Nelson’s designs—the Cube’s design has retained its relevance, earning its bona fides as a true classic.


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