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.
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.