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After a long, cold winter and a not particularly pleasant spring, early summer has come at last – and with it, the prospect of outdoor weather. High time, then, to get the garden, balcony or patio ready for cosy evenings or weekend get-togethers. The Vitra Home Collection offers a wide range of suitable products for both indoors and outside.
Whilst some of the designs were specially developed for outdoor usage, other products were adapted for the purpose by modifying their materials, for instance by means of special additives that prevent the colours of the seat shells fading so rapidly when exposed to sunlight. As a result, even some of the famous classics have been turned into robust, weatherproof companions for outdoor living. In collaboration with designers like Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec brothers or Konstantin Grcic, it was possible to pair several “classics” up with new outdoor products. Vitra present a selection of outdoor furniture and you can see most of all this week in Salone del mobile in Milano.
Waver – Konstantin Grcic
Extreme sports were the inspiration for the light, comfortable and universally deployable armchair by Konstantin Grcic. Like a paraglider in his harness, the “Waver” user hovers in a kind of hammock suspended from the bent and welded tubular steel frame.
HAL – Jasper Morison
The members of the HAL family by Jasper Morrison are intelligent all-round chairs that aim to make everyday life more pleasant. Equipped with the four-legged powder-coated base in ivory or basic dark, the HAL Tube variant is weatherproof and can thus be used outdoors as well.
Vegetal – Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec collaborated with Vitra on the development of a universal chair for indoor and outdoor use with forms that look as if they have been borrowed from nature. Available in six colours, the stackable Vegetal chair features flat branch structures that are woven in three levels to create a round, slightly irregular shell.
Metal Side Table – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
With their harmonious proportions and attractive contrast between thin tabletops and voluminous, pedestal-like bases, the Metal Side Tables by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are suitable for a wide range of different places and purposes. Available in new colours, they can for instance be combined with the Waver armchair, the base of which is available in the same shades.
MVS Chaise – Maarten Van Severen
Even if it might look like a sculpture at first glance, its high degree of comfort is apparent as soon as you use it, due in part to the flexible, yielding material that adapts to the shape of the body. Switching from a sitting to a lounging position is easy thanks to the design of the base.
Panton Chair – Verner Panton
Due to technical progress in the processing of plastics, the legendary Panton Chair has experienced several different production phases since its launch in 1967. The last version of the iconic chair authorised by its designer was developed in collaboration with Verner Panton in the late nineties.
Eames Plastic Side Chair – Charles and Ray Eames, 1950
Thanks to their numerous variants, the Plastic Chairs are suitable for a virtually unlimited range of uses and are amongst the most popular of Charles and Ray Eames’ designs. In 1993, ecological considerations prompted Vitra to cease production of the seat shells, which were originally made of glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin. Since production resumed in 1999 / 2004, the Eames plastic shells have been made of recyclable polypropylene.
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