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Nelson Coconut Lounge Chair - Herman Miller

$5,710

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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 in—as ever.

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.

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 in.
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