ID Chair Concept

Antonio Citterio, 2010/2021

The ID Chair Concept provides companies and users with countless customisation options to create their personalised ergonomic task chair. Vitra developed the office chair programme with Antonio Citterio and launched it on the market in 2010. To this day, its modularity and versatility remains unique. However, as Vitra continuously strives to introduce improvements, the ID Chair Concept has been extensively revised in terms of comfort, design and environmental impact.

Countless office chair options for healthy sitting

The ID Chair Concept offers countless customisation options to suit individual users. The precisely adjustable FlowMotion mechanism of the ID office chairs, a selection of backrests, armrests and bases, along with a broad array of colours and fabrics, enable every user and company to find the perfect ID Chair. Despite the many possible combinations, it always remains essentially the same chair – bringing advantages both in terms of acquisition and maintenance. The ID family of office swivel chairs consists of multiple components in order to satisfy a wide range of requirements with respect to aesthetics, materials, function and price.

And what else does the ID Chair Concept offer?

Monochrome colour palettes

In addition to the classic chrome versions of the base and armrests, the metal parts of the ID Chairs are also available in the colours soft grey and basic dark. The soft grey hue gives the chair a decidedly non-technical appearance, and combined with light-coloured fabric or leathers has a friendly inviting look. In these light-coloured palettes, the ID Chair is also ideal for the home office. And if the metal parts are selected in black, in combination with dark fabrics or leathers, the dark monochrome chairs acquire a striking silhouette.
Human beings have a natural urge to move – even while seated. Ideally, an office swivel chair should not only offer freedom of movement but also encourage dynamic sitting habits. With this in mind, Vitra developed the FlowMotion mechanism. This patented mechanical unit supports the sitter across the full range of movement – not just in the backward tilt, but also when leaning forwards. Nearly all functions can be adjusted while sitting in the chair, and just a few quick turns of an adjustment screw enable precision tuning from minimum to maximum resistance. Even if the settings are not optimally adjusted on occasion, the chair still retains its ergonomic properties.

The functional features of the FlowMotion mechanism come in three different combinations:

  • with forward tilt, without seat depth adjustment
  • without forward tilt, with seat depth adjustment
  • without forward tilt and without seat depth adjustment
Sustainability and quality
Vitra Test Center
Vitra has its own Test Center where all office chairs undergo rigorous testing to simulate 15 years of use. Vitra's inspection catalogue includes the world's toughest tests (simulation of worst-case usage), with requirements that far exceed standard regulations. Over the years, Vitra has developed additional tests of its own that are not found in any official catalogue of standards.

Blue Angel
The ID Chair Concept bears the 'Blue Angel' environmental label for low-emission upholstered furniture, which certifies that the manufacturing methods and materials of the product comply with guidelines for environmental protection and consumer safety. The Blue Angel (1978) is one of the oldest environmental labels.

The GREENGUARD label for indoor air quality (2001) recognises products that contribute to the creation of healthier indoor environments.

With the GS seal for tested safety, a state-authorised inspection institute certifies the suitability and safety of the construction and monitors production at regular intervals.

Ergonomics Approved
The LGA certificate 'Ergonomics Approved' confirms the fulfilment of ergonomic requirements and testing criteria that exceed the minimum legal regulations for office swivel chairs.

ID Chair fulfils the ANSI/BIFMA standard X5.1-2011, thus meeting the stringent safety requirements for the US market.

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ID Visitor – the matching visitor chair

ID Visitor is a comfortable touchdown chair designed by Vitra in collaboration with Antonio Citterio, perfectly coordinated with the ID Chair Concept. Thanks to its understated design, ID Visitor can be combined with almost any office chair and integrated in a wide variety of work environments. The backrest can be selected from a choice of four versions to match those of the other ID Chairs.
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Antonio Citterio

The architect and designer Antonio Citterio, who lives and works in Milan, has collaborated with Vitra since 1988. Together they have produced a series of office chairs and various office systems, as well as products for the Vitra Home Collection. The Citterio Collection is constantly being expanded.