Coconut Chair with Ottoman

N° 5569, N° 5898
Steel rod (later aluminum tubes), sheet steel (later replaced with fiberglass-reinforced polyester), polished chrome, foam, covering of choice
Chair: H 32 1/2", W 40", D 33 3/4"
Stool: H 16 1/4", W 23 1/4", D 18 3/8"

This armchair was first produced with a seat of bent steel that was cushioned with foam and covered with fabric or Naugahyde. Later, Herman Miller produced the seat using fiberglass-reinforced polyester. The frame was at first strengthened using bent steel rods that echoed the form of the chair. Later, the various feet of the frame were screwed individually into the seat. Today, the chair is offered with a leather covering and additional circulation holes on the bottom of the seat.

Produced by Herman Miller from 1955 to 1978, reintroduced in 2001.

Chair produced by Vitra since 1988, ottoman reintroduced by Vitra in 2006.

1955 / produced 1955–78 and since 2001
George Mulhauser, an associate at George Nelson's office

From the Vitra Design Museum Collection.

Coconut Chair
Coconut Chair
Coconut Chair
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