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East River Chair

Hella Jongerius, 2014


Products designed by Hella Jongerius demonstrate a unique blend of industry and craft, high and low-tech, traditional and modern – characteristics which are also evident in the East River Chair: with its distinctive form and casual combination of such diverse materials as wood, metal, leather and fabric, this small armchair clearly bears the Dutch designer's signature.

The colours of the East River Chair are carefully coordinated. Each colour combination gives the chair a very different look, ranging from muted and calm to cheerful and bright. The selected colours and materials have more than just an aesthetic purpose: the leather covers protect the armrests from dirt and wear and the thicker padding of the seat cushion extends into the backrest, offering comfortable lumbar support.

In 2013, Hella Jongerius and Vitra collaborated on the design of a chair for the North Delegates Lounge at the UN headquarters in New York. This model served as a basis for the development of the East River Chair.

Leather mix dark 03 (2)
  •  68 Leather Premium - chocolate
    68 Leather Premium - chocolate
  •  61 Leather Premium - umbra grey
    61 Leather Premium - umbra grey
Leather mix cool 02 (2)
  •  64 Leather Premium - cement
    64 Leather Premium - cement
  •  71 Leather Premium - sand
    71 Leather Premium - sand
Leather mix warm 04 (2)
  •  93 Leather Premium - brandy
    93 Leather Premium - brandy
  •  87 Leather Premium - plum
    87 Leather Premium - plum
Leather mix jade 01 (2)
  •  58 Leather Premium - khaki
    58 Leather Premium - khaki
  •  59 Leather Premium - jade
    59 Leather Premium - jade
This product was designed by
Hella Jongerius
The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius lives and works in Berlin. She founded the Jongeriuslab studio in 1993 and began collaborating with Vitra in 2004. Since then, she has not only contributed a substantial number of designs to the continually expanding Vitra Home Collection, but has also applied her expertise in the realm of colours and materials to the Vitra Colour & Material Library.
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