When a designer doesn’t like sofas
The story of a Vitra original
It was clear to Hella Jongerius from the outset that colours and fabrics would play a key role in her design. As an expert on colours and materials, she was aware that people have a very bad memory when it comes to colours. And many also lack a sure sense of what kind of textiles they like to have on their furniture, in contrast to their choice of clothing. So she sketched a sofa with seat and back cushions covered in diverse fabrics, each in a different tone of one basic colour. Over the following months, the design was developed for production in collaboration with specialists at Vitra and launched in 2005 at the Milan furniture fair.
Publication Date: 18.04.2018
Images: Louise Billgert, Marc Eggimann, Jongeriuslab, Studio Likeness
Vitra originals and their stories in the Vitra Magazine
Invest in an original, for it will always retain its worth. An imitation will never be anything but a copy, a stolen idea. Appreciate the differences – not just the quality and more obvious variances but also the sensory and emotional appeal of the authentic product. An original is a lifelong companion and may well outlive you to be gratefully received by the next generation. But that’s a story for the future.