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Milan Design Week: New Vitra Chairs 2015


French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created two chairs and two tables for Swiss furniture brand Vitra, which will debut at Milan design week .

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The Belleville collection includes two variations of a chair with a frame made from black polyamide plastic. This supports a shell that comes in four different versions – polypropylene, ultra-thin 4.5 millimetre plywood, or upholstered in fabric or leather.

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According to the duo, the idea behind the Belleville chair was to create a flexible product that can be used indoors or outdoors.

“From one side, the polyamide version allows heavy-duty outdoor locations,” the designers said. “While on the other hand, the upholstery and plywood shell versions belong to a softer landscape.”

The single-piece frame is made with an automated injection-moulding process that uses gas to quickly place pressure on the molten material and form it into shape.

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The frame for the armchair appears to travel in a continuous line, curving forwards from the angled back legs up into the arms, and then looping around to form a narrow backrest that widens into the seat. The second version is more linear, with the back rising up from the legs and across the top.

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“The ‘one line’ frame structure links the feet to the shells and continues into the armrests and into the backrest,” said the designers.

“Like a typographer does with the design of a letter, step-by-step we valued the proportions of this line in order to make it well balanced, but also to answer the demands of the production technology.”

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The Bouroullec brothers recently debuted bent-steel tables and shelving for Vitra-owned Finnish brand Artek, while at Milan last year the two announced their first fabric collection for Kvadrat.

Also in the Belleville range are two tables – one round and one rectangular – with black powder-coated cast aluminium legs, with tops in laminate wood or stone.

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Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will display the collection at the Vitra stand, Hall 20 at Salone del Mobile.