At this year's Orgatec – the office furniture fair in Cologne – Vitra is presenting three concepts for workspaces under the title 'WORK 2018', along with new and revised products by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Konstantin Grcic, Stephan Hürlemann, Antonio Citterio, Alberto Meda, Charles and Ray Eames, Maarten Van Severen and Arik Levy. Here is an overview.
Soft WorkEdward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 2018The seating system Soft Work rethinks office working practices: it forms the new heart of the office, developed according to user requirements when working in public spaces. Soft Work offers a versatile platform for both individuals and teams. Besides ergonomic seating options, users also find practical table surfaces, power outlets and charging stations. Mobile tables and chairs can be pulled up as needed and put away again, and the addition of panels creates spaces for quiet, concentrated work. Thanks to its modular concept, Soft Work can be easily assembled into diverse arrangements, enabling architects to structure the internal spaces of a building, create specific focal points, or define flexible public areas. Available from June 2019.
RookieKonstantin Grcic, 2018Rookie is a small, agile and – by office standards – unconventionally simple chair. It provides a high level of immediate comfort with a minimal number of adjustments. Rookie is designed for modern working environments that encourage the creation and exchange of ideas. Available from April 2019.
Dancing WallStephan Hürlemann, 2018The basic function of Dancing Wall is that of a mobile partition that can be used to flexibly divide offices into zones, while providing vertical work space. It consists of a metal frame, which can be equipped in various configurations: as a bookshelf, TV unit, cloakroom, plant wall, or as a room divider with removable whiteboards and pinboards. Available from second half of 2019.
Aluminium Group and Soft Pad Group: Black VersionsCharles & Ray Eames, 1958 / 1969The Aluminium Chair and the kindred Soft Pad Chair are counted among the most important furniture designs of the twentieth century. Vitra is now launching the ‘Black Version’, whose metal components all have a powder-coated black finish. The new colour scheme gives these classic chairs an emblematic look and modern freshness. Available from February 2019.
Eames Tables: UpdateCharles & Ray Eames, 1964 / 1968The Eames Tables are distinguished by their understated aesthetic, ingenious construction and long-lasting quality. Vitra is now presenting updated models featuring fresh materials, power and data solutions, and innovative technologies such as wireless charging. The Eames Side Tables are new additions to this product family. Available from February 2019.
CDSAntonio Citterio, 2016CDS is a height-adjustable office table system that enables configurations of single tables, cluster workstations in any number, large-surface work benches and meeting tables in various sizes. The CDS system fulfils the highest requirements in regard to flexible planning, use, logistics, assembly and service. Available from November 2018.
AC 5 GroupAntonio Citterio, 2017Jointly developed by Antonio Citterio and Vitra, the AC 5 Group is a family of office chairs designed to furnish modern, disparate work environments in a consistent aesthetic. Their trim shapes, sophisticated aluminium components and classic Hopsak cover fabric lend these chairs a dignified elegance. At the same time, the various models of the AC 5 Group cover a wide performance spectrum. These high-quality, versatile chairs are especially well suited for specific applications: from the ergonomically optimised task chair AC 5 Work to the reductive functionality of AC 5 Studio, from the conference chair AC 5 Meet to the flexible AC 5 Swift on castors. Now available.
AM Chair: UpdateAlberto Meda, 2016The AM Chair is the combined result of engineering, design quality and manufacturing experience, uniting ergonomic functionality with technical elegance. Newly equipped with the ProMotion mechanism, it has a forward tilt function and can be optionally fitted with an upholstered backrest, a headrest and a clothes hanger. Available from March 2019.
Pacific Chair: UpdateEdward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 2016Development of the Pacific Chair followed the guiding principle ‘full performance, quiet design’. Equipped with intuitive controls, the task chair offers all the functions necessary for ergonomic seating, while simultaneously exuding a tranquil ambiance. The new ProMotion mechanism with its forward tilt function guarantees even greater comfort. Available from March 2019.
Tip Ton: Colour UpdateEdward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 2011Tip Ton is a tiltable all-plastic chair whose forward tilt position straightens the pelvis and spine. A vibrant palette of coordinated colours was important to the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby right from the launch of the chair back in 2011.The spectrum has now been updated with four new hues, which replace four of the eight original colours. Now available.
Maarten Van Severen Collection: Colour UpdateMaarten Van Severen, 1955-2005Between 1995 and 2005, Maarten Van Severen collaborated with Vitra on the design of various furniture pieces that have since become classics. The iconic chairs with polyurethane seat shells are now available in the new colours mango, mint and dark green. Black bases are newly offered for selected models. Now available.
Hexagonal ContainersJasper Morrison, 2018The Hexagonal Containers are all-purpose receptacles, whose six-sided shape allows them to be arranged in decorative combinations. The weight of the sturdy ceramic material provides good stability, while its fine, cool surface has a strong tactile appeal. Available from December 2018.
Colours & MaterialsCosy 2, Track and LeatherThe new fabric Cosy 2, a milled woollen cloth with a warm character, offers excellent durability and is therefore equally suited for use in office settings. Track, the new woollen fabric with a subtle pattern of fine diagonal stripes, is also ideal for both home and office environments. Vitra’s standard grade leather – a robust cowhide leather with an even grain pattern – is now available in an expanded selection of colours. Cosy 2 and Leather available now, Track available from May 2019.