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The George Nelson Coconut Chair is of the most unique lounge pieces from the mid-20th century. George Nelson's influence for the Coconut Chair came from the triangle shape of Eero Saarinen's architectural design of Kresge Auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Introduced in 1955, the Coconut Chair has gone on to be a part of permanent collections in many modern museums around the world, and continues to be a favorite among mid century modern design enthusiasts.
During the 1940s, while he was the Design Director at Herman Miller, George Nelson collaborated with Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi on a number of projects. It was a unique time during Herman Miller's life when the company was trying new and exciting designs without worrying about commercial viability of the design group's designs. While at Herman Miller, George Nelson set the new standards for corporate imaging, logos and graphical presentation. Though not personally responsible for many of the designs that he has been credited with, George Nelson did manage a highly creative and innovative group of designers. He has been credited with such modern pieces as the marshmallow sofa, the Nelson bench, the Nelson ball clock, and the Coconut chair.
George Nelson's influence as a teacher, writer and publisher of designs continues to influence shape color and design today.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 33" D 34" W 40"
Materials: Fiberglass shell upholstered with leather. Steel wire base finished with polished chrome.