Office chairs

The right chair for every type of task

Whether used for shorter or extended periods of sitting, Vitra office chairs ensure healthy and ergonomic posture thanks to carefully engineered designs and functions.

The latest addition

ACX is the tenth office swivel chair that Vitra has developed in collaboration with Italian designer Antonio Citterio. With its automatic synchronised mechanism, the compact ACX offers maximum comfort for every user without any need for adjustments other than seat height – while exhibiting a distinctly non-technical appearance. The construction, materials, production, logistics and maintenance of ACX are designed to achieve a long life cycle with the smallest possible carbon footprint.
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A diverse portfolio to suit different needs

Dynamic work environments with agile processes require concept and studio chairs that offer ergonomic features without the need for time-consuming adjustments. In territorial offices, on the other hand, chairs should be equipped with the fullest possible spectrum of individually adjustable settings. Vitra’s office chair portfolio stretches between these poles, providing a broad range of differentiated solutions.

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Design that benefits the user

Good design is not simply about looking good. Good design solves problems. That is why Vitra conducts the design process to maximise the objectives of function, ergonomics, innovation, durability, ecology, comfort, aesthetics, etc. If the balance of all these premises succeeds, products are created that can support and delight their users.
Inner values. And outer ones too.
Vitra’s office chairs are the result of decades of experience in development. Conceived in collaboration with some of the world’s leading designers, they exhibit an understated appearance despite the incorporation of the latest technological features. Functions that guarantee the ergonomic well-being of the user are integrated in such a manner that they are barely conspicuous.

This also applies to other components, such as the rounded edge upholstered cushions from the company’s in-house foaming plant, with precisely defined degrees of hardness in each seating area. Or the covers, whose seams are finished and positioned so as not to be obtrusive – and which can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement.
As simple as possible
High-tech components should be designed as user-friendly as possible. All functions should have a comfortable shape and feel, while being intuitively arranged and easy to operate.

For a long service life
Vitra’s office chairs are intended to retain their visual appeal for as long as possible with a durable quality to match. Thanks to Vitra’s innovative expertise, the ergonomic functions still reflect state-of-the-art technical developments even after years of use.

Going above and beyond: the Vitra Test Center
Whether or not an item of furniture will withstand day-to-day usage only becomes apparent over time. For this reason, Vitra’s Test Center simulates 15 years of everyday use, with over 30 different machines putting the different products through their paces – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Dozens of different test configurations are used, always with the aim of going above and beyond requirements and expectations.

For example, the European standard for office swivel chairs requires 16 individual tests, while Vitra conducts up to 54. This is because real-life test conditions require many more resistance tests than those required by international standards, as well as textile, material and surface tests for pilling, abrasion, abrasion or light exposure.
Certificates and standards
The products are certified by independent institutes. There are many national and international labels focusing on such topics as health, safety or the environmental impact as well as others with a global approach to some or all of these issues. Vitra decides which standards and certifications are relevant for each individual product in regard to its applications and usage.

GS seal (Tested Safety)
The European GS seal is issued to products that fulfil product safety regulations based on national and international norms as well as current technical standards. It ascertains that a product will not cause any damage while being used and assesses whether its components pose any health hazards. Vitra tests all products according to the GS criteria except for accessories.

Ergonomics Approved
The ‘Ergonomics Approved’ certificate is awarded by the TÜV Rheinland and confirms compliance with ergonomic requirements and testing criteria that far exceed the minimum legal regulations for office swivel chairs.

BIFMA is the North American equivalent of the European GS seal and guarantees the safety, durability and sustainability of furnishings at very high levels.

An EPD – environmental product declaration – is a report based on a life cycle assessment (LCA). It is used to communicate information about a product’s potential impact on the environment and human health, indicating what a product is made of and how it affects the environment throughout its life cycle, from raw material extraction to disposal. Vitra produces EPDs for its most important products.

The internationally recognised label GREENGUARD was developed in 2001 by the 'GREENGUARD Environmental Institute'. Its aim is to protect human health and quality of life by reducing exposure to pollutants and improving indoor air conditions. GREENGUARD Gold-certified products can contribute to the environmental certification of buildings. Vitra’s most important products are certified according to the GREENGUARD Gold standards.

The evolution of the office chair

Vitra has been producing chairs since 1957 and set new standards in the 1970s with its first office chair – the Vitramat. Consistently seeking to offer innovative solutions with each new model ever since, Vitra is able to draw on decades of experience in design with each new development. This still holds true today because evolution is never complete.

Studio chairs

Vitra has had studio chairs in its portfolio for decades. In the past, they were most commonly used in minimalist settings – in architecture firms and the like – or in environments where people typically do not sit for long periods, such as home offices. Due to the current shift towards increased project work, temporary teams and agility in working environments, the simple, no-fuss studio chairs with a high level of instant comfort are finding new areas of application.
The latest example: Rookie is a small, agile and – by office standards – unconventionally simplistic chair. It provides a high level of immediate comfort with a minimal number of adjustments. Both the seat and backrest of Rookie are height-adjustable. In addition to these classic office chair functions, other ergonomic features are directly incorporated into Rookie’s structural design: the backrest flexes slightly when pressure is applied, and the front edge of the seat is unusually pliant.
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