Original George Nelson Coconut Chairs
Original George Nelson Coconut Chairs are vintage chairs created by the American designer George Nelson.
History & Description
The Coconut chair was developed by the American industrial designer George Nelson and is considered to be an icon of twentieth century furniture design.
Originally designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller in 1955, the Coconut chair is characteristic of the styles and techniques that were prevalent in furniture design during the 1950s. Smooth sleek lines and a minimisation of materials belies the chair’s formal clarity and it is this simplicity which has made the Coconut chair one of the most revered examples of Mid-Century Modern furniture.
The name of the chair derives from a comment Nelson made when he compared it to a coconut that had been cut into eight sections.
Guide for collectors
George Nelson’s Coconut chair is considered to be one of the most important and influential examples of furniture design of the twentieth century and as a result has become a prized item among collectors.
While the internet is awash with furniture companies selling Coconut chairs, the majority of these are contemporary replicas of the original 1950s design. Collectors should always try to attain as much information as possible from the seller in order to verify that you are purchasing a genuine original Coconut chair.
Original Coconut chairs are regularly sold through auction houses and online bidding sites, such as eBay.
Prices for Coconut chairs vary considerably and depend on the item’s condition and age. As a general rule, Coconut chairs manufactured in the 1950s achieve the highest prices.
Notable auction sales
On May 16th 2001 at Christie’s in London, a Coconut chair, designed by George Nelson, circa 1955, realised a price of £8,460.
On December 1st 2004 at Christie’s in Paris, a Coconut chair, designed by George Nelson, circa 1955, realised a price of €6,463.
On December 5th 2004 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a Coconut chair, designed by George Nelson, circa 1956, realised a price of $7,000.
On April 3rd 2004 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a Coconut chair, designed by George Nelson, realised a price of $7,000.
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