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Vitra Introduces Chair Designs Inspired By Extreme Sports [NY Design Week 2012]

The Swiss furniture company's new chairs evoke the undercarriage of a paraglider with a hanging, suspended seat.

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
Nestor Bailly, PSFK on May 26, 2012. @NKBailly

Swiss furniture company Vitra presented two compelling designs aimed at providing comfortable seating in innovative ways at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. The first design, Waver by Konstantin Grcic, was inspired by the materials and designs used in extreme sports equipment.

Lightweight, simple, comfortable and framed with tubular steel, Waver’s seat is suspended from the armrests like a paraglider’s harness. ‘By simplifying the form, we were able to focus more on the sitting quality’ explains Grcic, who designed this hammock-like seat for both indoor and outdoor use, to ‘explore new seating experiences.’ The concept behind this chair fits well with the rise in popularity of extreme sports (pushed largely by Red Bull)- an exciting area many brands are attempting to tap into to reach the youth market.

The second, more relaxed chair design presented by Vitra were the Grand Repos and Repos lounge chairs created by architect Antonio Citterio. With generous padding, a high back and smooth swiveling, these chairs are comfortable and luxurious. The design combines the ergonomics of a high-end desk chair with the style of a lounger, and the seat and back move independently to create the perfect relaxing fit for the user. Citterio, who has worked with Vitra for 25 years, has positioned Grand Repos as his premiere piece, although he noted that ’developing a new chair for Vitra in the wake of a masterpiece like the Eames Lounge Chair was a unique challenge.’

Scroll through more images of the two chair designs below:

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