Belleville Chair

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2015


Belleville is the name of the vibrant Paris neighbourhood where the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have their studio. Visual references for the Belleville Chair can be found in the classic French bistro furnishings and lively atmosphere of this Parisian quarter. The chair's familiar shape - even in a contemporary context - might at first be taken for granted, yet it also evokes a sense of mystery and bemusement, since the materiality, construction and fabrication of the chair only become apparent at second glance.

The Belleville Chair is a technically sophisticated plastic chair consisting of two components - a structural frame and a seat shell. Tracing the calligraphic lines of the legs and back, the slender black frame supports a thin shell that tapers from the wide seat surface into a narrow backrest. This type of construction opens up new perspectives for the materiality of the plastic chair, since the surface of the seat shell is the defining characteristic of the Belleville Chair's identity: available in coloured polypropylene, moulded plywood veneer or with a cover in leather or fabric, the perception of the Belleville Chair is transformed from a plastic chair to a wooden chair to an upholstered chair - and even to an armchair with forward slanting armrests.

Paired with the Belleville Tables, the Belleville Chair and Armchair form a unified yet diverse group - a hybrid family of furnishings whose forms and materials are harmoniously coordinated. Thus the chairs and tables - in small or large numbers - can be attractively combined in bustling bistro settings as well as sleekly modern galleries or diversely styled home environments.

The Belleville chairs and armchairs with a plastic shell are also suited for use in outdoor areas.

Seat shell Fabric, Twill (7)
  •  01 light gray
    01 light gray
  •  03 blue-grey
    03 blue-grey
  •  04 ink blue
    04 ink blue
  •  06 dark grey
    06 dark grey
  •  07 black
    07 black
  •  05 brown
    05 brown
  •  02 cognac
    02 cognac
Seat shell Leather (22)Other colours
  •  72 snow
    72 snow
  •  64 cement
    64 cement
  •  65 granite
    65 granite
  •  60 smoke blue
    60 smoke blue
  •  59 jade
    59 jade
  •  58 khaki
    58 khaki
  •  61 umbra grey
    61 umbra grey
  •  67 asphalt
    67 asphalt
Seat shell Plastic (5)
  •  30 cream
    30 cream
  •  94 moss grey
    94 moss grey
  •  83 sea blue
    83 sea blue
  •  35 basalt
    35 basalt
  •  12 deep black
    12 deep black
Seat shell Wood (3)
  •  10 natural oak, with protective varnish
    10 natural oak, with protective varnish
  •  04 dark oak, protective vanish
    04 dark oak, protective vanish
  •  68 black ash
    68 black ash
Base (1)
  •  12 deep black
    12 deep black
This product was designed by
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec live and work in Paris. Their oeuvre ranges from small everyday objects to architectural projects. They have worked with Vitra since 2000 and have contributed numerous designs to both the office and home collections.
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