Maarten Van Severen, 2004
- Seat shell: cantilever chair with seat shell made of integral skin polyurethane foam. Shell with upholstered effect, self-supporting on a tubular stainless steel frame. Flexible backrest with integrated leaf springs.
- Base: stacking (max. 5 chairs) or non-stacking base in stainless steel with satin or powder-coated finish. Fitted with plastic glides for carpet or felt glides for hard floors.
- Outdoor use: version with powder-coated base suitable for utilisation outdoors on a temporary or seasonal basis, following care instructions. After prolonged exposure to the elements, clean and store away in a dry, sheltered place to ensure lasting use and avoid any deterioration in appearance.
Although the cantilever chair has been a success story for over eighty years, .05 is the first model whose uncompromising form and flexible comfort surpass the archetypal chair without back legs designed by Mart Stam in 1926. The sleek, linear shape of .05 is its aesthetic hallmark, while its construction provides for a comfortable seat. Made of resilient polyurethane integral foam, the shell adapts to the body. When the sitter leans back in the chair, the upper part of the backrest yields slightly thanks to the integrated leaf springs offering a pleasant sensation. Together with the typical flexing effect of the cantilever base, this makes .05 surprisingly comfortable – a quality that is fully appreciated only through use. The cantilever base of .05 is made of stainless steel, making the chair suitable for outdoor applications. The .05 chair is also available in a stacking version.
Maarten Van Severen
The designer Maarten Van Severen started creating furniture in the mid-1980s, initially producing the pieces himself in his Ghent workshop. His designs are characterised by their simple form and superb comfort. The collaboration with Vitra began in 1996, resulting in the Van Severen Collection.