East River Chair Leather

Hella Jongerius, 2017

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. With its distinctive form and casual combination of diverse materials and colours, it clearly bears the signature of the Dutch designer.

East River Chair Leather, a new version of this design, features a seat shell covered entirely with leather. Hella Jongerius developed four variations, each of which combines leathers in two different colours on the inner and outer face, using contrasting cross stitching for a decorative effect. Contrary to the expressive mix of materials and fabrics used for the East River Chair, the East River Chair Leather exudes a calmer visual appearance, while still offering the same degree of comfort and spinal support thanks to its high-quality upholstery and quilted lumbar cushion. The base is available in a light or dark version.
Leather mix warm 04 (2)
Leather mix dark 03 (2)
Leather mix cool 02 (2)
Leather mix jade 01 (2)
Material description
  • Seat shell: plastic laminate.
  • Upholstery: polyurethane foam with fabric or leather cover.
  • Base: legs in natural oak with steel cross braces powder-coated in ivory or dark oak legs with braces powder-coated in coffee.
  • Cover of East River Chair: Premium Leather and various fabrics (Laser, Hopsak, Plano) in coordinated colour combinations.
  • Cover of East River Chair Leather: Premium Leather in coordinated colours and stitching.
Product family
East River Chair
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,…
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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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