Product Story - What kind of person thinks up a chair
that looks like a chunk of coconut? How about the person
who came up with the Marshmallow sofa. The person who said,
"Total design is nothing more or less than a process of
relating everything to everything." Who brought modernism
to American furniture. George Nelson. 1950s. Call it what
you will—classic, icon, slice of hard-shelled tropical fruit.
Half a century later, it's as wonderful to look at—and sit
Design Story - Introduced in 1955, the coconut
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. 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.
Yes, It is Comfortable - If the idea of sitting
in a coconut slice makes your back tense up, sit in this
one. George Nelson said he developed the chair "to give
lounge seating comfort, together with great freedom of movement."
He succeeded. With its shallow sides and inviting curves,
the chair is designed to let you sit in any position and
move with surprising, and relaxing, ease.
Comfortable, Durable Materials - Generously padded
with a thick, one-piece foam rubber cushion upholstered
in supple black leather. The third corner—the one that forms
the backrest—is just slightly longer than the two on the
sides. That's where the comfort comes from. The upholstery
is molded into the simple, striking plastic shell, which
is lightweight but sturdy. It sits atop a clean, bent-steel,
three-legged base with tough nylon glides. Durability. Built