George Nelson 'Catenary' Easy Chair in Black Leather


George Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller, 'Catenary' lounge chair model 6380, steel and leather, United States, 1962.
Model 6380 or the Catenary chair by George Nelson & Associates from 1962. The special chromed steel construction of this easy chair allows the black leather seat to adjust its shape to the user's body. The chrome material forms a perfect ballance with the black leather, creating a sleek design. Excellent and inventive construction to reach maximum comfort. Manufacturer's mark visible on the back.

George Nelson (1908-1986) was an architect, writer, lecturer and designer who were one of the first to pick up Industrial Design in the United States. Nelson fundamentally questioned the basis of furniture business. Nelson came to work as a designer and director at Herman Miller. Here, Nelson rejected the purely market-oriented type of business model that was predominant in the furniture sector and pleads only to make furniture of which he was completely convinced: the rest would follow. Nelson believed furthermore that the Industrial designer brought together all the arts. His designs are recognized by open shapes, clean lines and modest forms.

Please note that few of the metal parts that hold the seat have been replaced over the years, and shows small differences to the original ones.


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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator George Nelson (Designer) Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1962
  • dimensions Height 29.53 in. Width 29.53 in. Depth 27.56 in. Seat Height 16.54 in.
  • dimensions Height 75 cm Width 75 cm Depth 70 cm Seat Height 42 cm
  • material Leather Steel
  • origin United States
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45013175