Designed by George Nelson
Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair
A little slice of comfort from the Nelson Office
The popularity of the Coconut Chair isn’t a tough one to crack. This striking design has found a place in many design museums, and its inviting curves have landed it in a number of homes around the world. Originally designed for comfort and movement, it’s been updated with new, more sustainable materials and more upholstery options—all in the spirit of George Nelson’s iconic design.
An Icon Revisited
For a chair to be called iconic, it needs a place in history, with a unique design or an unparalleled sense of comfort. What if it’s both? With the Coconut Chair, Nelson sought “to give lounge seating comfort, together with great freedom of movement.” The work of Nelson and his team—which also included the Marshmallow Sofa—helped usher in modernism to American furniture.
Keep It Sustainable
The Coconut Lounge Chair is true to its original 1955 design—but with updated materials that are consistent with Herman Miller’s commitment to sustainability. The enhanced technology also reduces emissions and better protects manufacturing employees. These updates mirror the modifications made to the Eames fiberglass chairs. After all, it was Nelson who said, “Design is a response to social change.”
Check Out the Range of Materials
The Coconut Chair is available in a choice of upholstery options and patterns that offer a range of expressions for the generously padded shell. Its simple, striking curved polymer hull is lightweight but sturdy and sits atop a three-legged bent steel base, in either white or trivalent chrome.
George Nelson and his design studio found inspiration from—what else—a chunk of coconut while designing the eponymous chair. Part icon, part comfortable seat to just lounge around in, this chair’s a true original.
Take a Deeper Dive
Inside the Hunt House in Malibu, a treasure trove of mid-century iconic design—featuring the Coconut Chair, among others.