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.
Thanks to the carefully coordinated selection of materials and colours available in the Vitra Colour & Material Library, products by Vitra can be effortlessly combined to create diverse, individual collages.
Cover: Premium Leather in coordinated colours and stitching.
Seat height: 400 mm (330 mm with applied load, measured in accordance with EN 1335-1).
Base: legs in natural oak (Western Europe, Poland) with steel cross braces powder-coated in the colour ivory, or dark oak legs (Western Europe, Poland) with cross braces powder-coated in the colour coffee.
Glides: fitted with plastic glides for carpet, felt glides for hard floors additionally included.
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,…
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.