When designers can’t sit still.
The Story of a Vitra Original
Barber and Osgerby embraced the challenge that this situation presented. They compiled a list of the ergonomic, economic and aesthetic characteristics that they felt should be incorporated in a modern school chair for young students: indestructible, light, easy to produce, quiet, stackable, colourful and fully recyclable. And it should allow movement. This complex brief called for a revolutionary chair – for a new way of sitting.
Publication Date: 25.05.2017
Images: Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Bettina Matthiessen
Vitra originals and their stories in the Vitra Magazine
Invest in an original, for it will always retain its worth. An imitation will never be anything but a copy, a stolen idea. Appreciate the differences – not just the quality and more obvious variances but also the sensory and emotional appeal of the authentic product. An original is a lifelong companion and may well outlive you to be gratefully received by the next generation. But that’s a story for the future.