Miniatures Coconut Chair By Vitra
Designed by George Nelson for Vitra
Every Vitra Miniature is true to the original in construction and materials. Reduced in size on a scale of 1:6, each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Many hours of work are put into each hand crafted miniature piece. Making every piece individually unique! Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.
The Coconut Chair is one of the best known creations of George Nelson. The shapes he used were strongly stimulated by the art of the 1950s. His symbolic statements promoted a new, very casual form of sitting. Nelson's Coconut Chair was inspired by the coconut shell. The seat consists of a glass-fibre reinforced plastic shell with upholstery. The three-legged base of tubular steel is stabilized using fine crossbars.
For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design from its collection. The Miniatures Collection encapsulates the entire history of industrial furniture design – moving from Historicism and Art Nouveau to the Bauhaus and New Objectivity, from Radical Design and Postmodernism all the way up to the present day. Exactly one sixth the size of the original item.
- Scale: 1:6, 137 x 140 x 138 mm
- Material: bent plywood, cast aluminium and leather cushions
About the Designer:
George Nelson (1908–1986) was an American industrial designer, and one of the founders of American Modernism. While Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company, both Nelson, and his design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc., designed much of the 20th century's most iconic modernist furniture. George Nelson attended Yale University, not originally intending to become an architect. He happened upon the architecture school while ducking into the building to get out of the rain, and was impressed by an exhibition inside. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1928.