The Vitra Coconut is a typical 1950s design - it stands out for its humorous touch, formal clarity and minimal use of materials. George Nelson himself compared it with a coconut cut into eight parts, and inverted the coconut's colors: the plastic seat shell is white, while the single-section upholstery comes in a variety of colors. 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.
George Nelson, born 1908 in Hartford, Connecticut (USA), studied architecture at Yale University. In Europe, he became acquainted with the major architectural works and leading protagonists of modernism. The collaboration between Nelson and Vitra began in 1957.
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