Konstantin Grcic, 2020
The Citizen armchair combines an unconventional design with a new way of sitting: the seat is suspended on three cables to enable a pleasant swinging movement, while the backrest is firmly attached to the steel frame. This unique dynamic sitting experience is enhanced by the sink-in effect of the cantilever frame, which is mounted on a swivel base.
Citizen is characterised by its tubular steel frame, which defines the structure and shape of the chair, as well as by the freely suspended seat cushion that appears to float above the base. The seat and backrest are upholstered; no structural elements are hidden and the metal frame is deliberately left visible. This gives Citizen an honest and unpretentious look with a sporty flair.
Citizen is available in two versions: Citizen Highback has the typical commanding presence of a lounge chair and offers extraordinary comfort with its high backrest, while Citizen Lowback with a low backrest can be arranged in groups for seating in public lounges and lobbies. The upholstery covers can be selected from a range of materials. An identical cover is used for the seat and back, while the neck pillow may be chosen in a different material.
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Tubular steel frame
- Frame: tubular steel, powder-coated in deep black (textured finish).
- Back: support shell in rigid polyurethane foam, encased in moulded polyurethane foam.
- Neck cushion (Citizen Highback): filled with a mix of 50% polyester fibre and 50% ball fibre.
- Seat: metal inserts, encased in moulded polyurethane foam. Suspended on frame by means of three steel cables, cathodic dip coating in black.
- Cover: fabric or leather.
- Seat height: 455 mm (320 mm with applied load, measured in accordance with EN 1335-1:2000).
- Base: four-star swivel base made of tubular steel, powder-coated in deep black (textured finish), plastic glides with felt inserts.
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Konstantin Grcic was trained as a cabinetmaker at Parnham College in Dorset before studying industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 he set up his own practice, Konstantin Grcic Design. The Vitra Design Museum devoted a monographic exhibition to Grcic and his work in 2014.
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