Coconut Chair

by George Nelson, 1955 — from 2.751,00 €
Vitra Logo
2.751,00 *
available within 4-5 weeks
3% advance payment discount: 2.668,47 € (Save 82,53 €)

*incl. VAT, incl. shipping (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands)
George Nelson's Coconut design is typical of the 1950s- combining formal clarity and minimal use of materials with a pinch of humour.
  • Chair
  • White shell in fibreglass-reinforced plastic
  • Chrome-steel tube legs
  • Single-piece upholstery, with leather or Hopsak covers.
  • Also available with matching Coconut Footstool.
  • Hopsak: 100% Polyamide

Colours & Material Coconut Chair

Nero/moor brown
Marron/moor brown
Poppy red/ivory
Red/poppy red
Grass green/forest
Ice blue/ivory
Dark blue/ivory


The Coconut is a typical 1950s design– it stands out for its humorous touch, formal clarity and minimal use of materials. Nelson himself compared it with a coconut cut into eight parts, and inverted the coconut’s colours: the plastic seat shell is white, while the single-section upholstery comes in a variety of colours. This return to the natural spatial shape of a shell enabled Nelson to create an inviting, comfortable armchair that offers users the freedom to sit in countless different positions. The ottoman, which Nelson designed to complement the armchair in 1955, ensured even greater sitting comfort and increased the range of uses.

Dimensions Coconut Chair

More about 'Coconut Chair' in our blog

(smow)offline: VitraHaus in Spring

On account of the horrendous hotel prices demanded during design week the (smow)blog team camp in Milan. And that despite last years near-drowning episode. This year the decision was a real blessing. Spared the torment of those trapped by Eyjafjallajokull at...

(smow)abseits:3 fish studios, Modern Furniture Linocuts

...There are ten designs in total including such classics of 20th century designer furniture as the DAR by Charles and Ray Eames, Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry or the Coconut Chair by George Nelson...

Marshmallows, Coconuts and Pretzels: Shopping with George Nelson

...In addition to the Pretzel Chair, Nelsons most popular seating solutions include the Marshmallow Sofa and the Coconut Chair... The Coconut Chair was genuinely inspired by the form of the coconut – or more specifically from an eighth of a coconut shell, which Nelson then inverted to create his comfortable, inviting armchair...

All 'Coconut Chair' Posts

You may also like these articles:

Lounge Chair
Lounge Chair & Ottoman
La Chaise
Marshmallow Sofa
Panton Chair

Top of page