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Vitra Miniatures Collection: Nelson Coconut Chair

Vitra Miniatures Collection: Nelson Coconut Chair

Designed by George Nelson, produced by Vitra Design Museum

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Item Number: 1154
$335.00
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Each handmade Vitra miniature is a classic in the history of furniture design reduced in size at a scale of 1:6. True to the original pieces in structure and materials, the miniatures are precision-crafted, making them a thoughtful gift for a furniture lover or design professional. George Nelson once said: "Total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So it makes perfect sense that, in 1955, Nelson related a lounge chair to a coconut. Intended to combine comfort with freedom of movement, the shape of the Coconut Chair's white molded shell was inspired by the shape of Eero Saarinen's Kresge Auditorium at MIT. Echoing both the auditorium's triangular shape, as well as a portion of coconut shell, the Chair's unique form invites a number of different seating positions. The shell sits upon a chromed-steel base with three thin legs. A single-piece foam cushion, upholstered in high-quality semi-aniline leather, is molded into the shell. One has the impression that the frame holds the floating, swinging form taut and fixes it to the floor. Each Vitra miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet.

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George Nelson
George Nelson

USA (1908–1986)

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was the rare person who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps” – flashes of inspiration and clarity that he turned into innovative design ideas.


One such “zap” came in 1942, when Nelson conceived the first-ever pedestrian shopping mall – ...

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H 5.5" W 6.25" D 5.75"

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Steel; glass-fiber reinforced plastic; leather.

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