Jasper Morrison, 2016
- Backrest, seat and base: dyed-through polypropylene.
- Glides: fitted with carpet glides or felt glides for hard floors.
- Applications: suitable for outdoor use.
At first glance, the APC is reminiscent of the simple, classic wooden chairs that have been common in Europe for many decades. However, its performance and appearance have been significantly enhanced by adapting the design to an alternative material. The flattened forms of the frame are moulded in a single piece, while the thin seat surface is organically shaped and the backrest more finely modelled than the back support of conventional wooden chairs. As a result, the APC is strikingly compact and graceful, and the combination of plastic components makes it extraordinarily comfortable. Whereas the frame consists of a rigid high-strength polypropylene, the seat and backrest are more resilient and adapt to the contours of the sitter's body. The backrest is connected to the frame by twin shafts cushioned with rubber buffers, which allow it to flex gently in response to the sitter's movements, further enhancing the chair's comfort. The combination of two types of plastic also offers new possibilities for the colour scheme: the APC is exclusively available with a 'two-tone' palette pairing frames in a slightly darker shade with seats and backrests in a lighter nuance of the same hue. This interplay of colours lends the chair a distinctive look and transports its classic shape into a contemporary context. Thanks to the use of high-performance plastics that are resistant to sunlight and water, the APC is a durable chair for indoor and outdoor settings. It is an excellent choice for home dining rooms as well as cafés, restaurants and other public venues.
Jasper Morrison lives and works in London and Tokyo. His designs are expressions of the ‘super normal’ design philosophy: rather than seeking unusual or extravagant results, he often breathes new life into proven solutions by means of reinterpretation, further development and refinement. He has worked together with Vitra on a regular basis since 1989.