Key facts

Product:
Vegetal
Family:
Vegetal
Manufacturer:
Vitra
Designer:
Erwan Bouroullec, Ronan Bouroullec
Order number:
440 015 00
Architonic ID:
1071995
Country:
Switzerland
Launched:
2008
Groups:
Seating-Chairs
Seating/seating syst...-Multipurpose chairs
Seating/seating systems-Canteen chairs
Multipurpose-Multipurpose chairs
Gastronomy-Canteen chairs
Garden seating-Garden chairs

Concept

In a development process that took four years, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec worked with Vitra to create a universal chair for indoors and outdoors whose contours seem borrowed from nature. Vegetal features flat branch structures woven in three levels to form a round, slightly irregular seating shell. On the underside, the chair is stabilized by ribs that grow out of the supportive legs.

The original inspiration for the project came from historical gardens of the 20th century, where young trees grew into furniture-like structures through continual care and deliberate pruning. The guiding question for the designers was how to construct a chair that would most closely approximate the idea of a grown chair. In coming up with new structures and construction forms, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec researched the various cultural and historical aspects. Vegetal should not only be seen in the context of the design and furnishing of historic gardens. It also corresponds to current trends towards the flexible use of weatherproof furniture in interiors, in the garden or on the terrace.

To realise the clear innovative concept the designers had in mind, it took intensive collaboration with Vitra. Complex forms like these can only be achieved when the designer and manufacturer are dedicated to producing an exceptional solution without the pressure of time. The result is a pioneering chair which is comfortable, stable and made from durable die-cast fibre-reinforced polyamide.

813 × 606 × 552 mm

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