Paper mock-up of Club Chair for United Airlines Lounge
In 1963, Union Carbide commissioned George Nelson & Co. to develop applications for their new self
skinning foam technique that replicated leather or textured vinyl.
With Herman Miller, this conceptual
chair was developed using a systems approach to its manufacture. By using a common component,
a variety of chairs could be created.
NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR / 1964-65
The first production run of 150 side chairs was utilized in “The American Restaurant”, at the Gas Association Pavilion
at Flushing Meadows, NYC.
The Segmented Chair was issued a U. S. Patent for it’s unique construction.
Problems with the foam technique developed by Union Carbide and the size limitation on
producing components resulted in the curtailment of it’s production by Herman Miller.
Initial concept sketch
A U.S. PATENT was issued for the segmented chair to William J. Cannan and Ronald Beckman
while working for George Nelson & Co., who by contract agreement, sold the rights to Herman Miller Inc.
for the sum of $1.00.
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Design: George Nelson & Company. Bill Cannan - Ronald Beckman - Irving Harper