We have looked at some amazing modern design icons from the stable of Herman Miller before. While the likes of the fabulous Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman steal the show with their sophisticated design, the Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson offers beautiful and refreshing geometric variation to any modern space. The form of the iconic Coconut Chair mimics that of a sliced coconut shell and seems to bring along with it the same air of tropical freshness!
by Tom Sibley Interior Photography
George Nelson took over as the director of design at Herman Miller in 1945 and the Coconut Chair remains one of his most cherished creations during his three decade long stint with the company. Comfortable, classy and unique, the chair redefines our perception of plush seating as it breaks away from set conventions.
Here are a few contemporary inspirations that might entice you to bring home an original George Nelson Coconut Chair yourselves —
by By Design
by Smith Designs
by FORMA Design
Comfort coupled with Freedom!
There is a reason why the Coconut Chair today finds a place in some of the top design museums across the globe. The basic structure of this highly organic furnishing pretty much altered the face of décor industry in the 50s. Fresh new designs sprang up across the US in the 50s and the 60s that tried pretty hard to find the same ergonomic magic as the Coconut Chair. While borrowing from nature’s design is a more recent trend, George Nelson seems to successfully set the tone for several decades ago.
by Chris Briffa Architects
Unlike many other chairs of the era, the Coconut Chair offers complete freedom of movement even as it offers ample comfort. The plastic base covered with one piece of thick foam rubber along with the bent steel base make it both aesthetically and functionally pleasing. It is this perfect balance between style and substance that has catapulted this charming chair into the design hall of fame!
by Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors
by Steinbomer, Bramwell & Vrazel Architects
by Cincinnati modern
by Max Strang Architecture
by Baltis Architects
Visual and Geometric Contrast
Contemporary residences are quickly adopting a design scheme that is based on sleek and well defined lines. While this works out beautifully most of the times, too many cubic surfaces and square designs can quickly bring in a sense of blandness. The exclusive and exceptional form of the Coconut Chair adds geometric intrigue to any modern setting. Just the mere sight of the chair draws plenty of attention as it quickly turns into a conversation starter for your guests! Colorful versions of the chair help further highlight and create a focal point in the room. It also seems like a wonderful way to bring in vibrant accent colors into a neutral space.
by Poolehaus Residential Design
It goes without saying that the design of the Coconut Chair was well ahead of its time. This probably is the reason why it brought in a design revolution along with other Herman Miller creations of the time. Seamlessly becoming a part of any style and theme that you choose for your interiors, the chair seems to adapt effortlessly. From the minimalistic to the eclectic and from the modern to the retro, here is a home-furnishing knockout that carries with it loads of oomph!
by Laidlaw Schultz architects
by Gary Hutton
by Jonathan Parks Architect
by OBM International