A modern classic, plain and simple

Introduced in 1955, the Coconut lounge chair is one artifact of the burst of creativity issuing from George Nelson’s design studio and changing the look and feel of American furniture.

A Nelson Marshmallow Sofa and a Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair, both upholstered in black leather.

Once our founder, D.J. De Pree, 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, and this chair.

Because of its unique, striking design, the Coconut chair is part of the permanent collection in museums worldwide. Because of the comfort 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.

Close-up of the attachment point for one of the three steel legs on a Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair.

“Total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything.”

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