Dedicated to enhancing homes, offices and public spaces, Vitra’s essence is to create innovative products and concepts, working with visionary designers to improve people’s quality of life through the power of design. Founded in Switzerland in 1950 by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, Vitra has grown from a small but ambitious shop-fitting business to a furniture manufacturing company, to the globally renowned design, furniture and architecture destination it is today.
Entering the market in the 1950s with a licence to produce pieces from the USA-based Herman Miller Company, Vitra introduced the iconic designs of George Nelson and Verner Panton, among others, to Europe, while presenting never-before-seen processes and manufacturing developments at the same time. Perhaps Vitra’s most famous affiliation however, is with the designs of Charles and Ray Eames: in particular, the world-renowned silhouette of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, which has been produced by Vitra
for decades in a range of wood finishes and leathers, with a larger version launched in 2011 to adapt to the increasing average human height. Developed and manufactured in Switzerland, Vitra products help to build and finish inspirational spaces for living and working, using classic and new designs in harmony and combining technical and conceptual expertise with the creativity of new practitioners. Synonymous with innovation and ground-breaking 20th century design, Vitra is an iconic maker-of-icons.
DSW Fiberglass Side Chair Dark Maple
Exclusively available at The Conran Shop in the UK and presented in a range of vibrant hues, Charles and Ray Eames’ DSW Fiberglass Side Chair is being specially re-released by Vitra, having not been produced since the 1990s.
Originally launched in 1950, the Fiberglass Chair Collection introduced the idea of the multifunctional chair, featuring shells that could be combined with a variety of bases, and soon became one of the best-known furniture pieces of the twentieth century.
The DSW Chair’s shell displays the characteristic irregular surface of Fiberglass, which appears almost like a natural material thanks to its clearly visible fibres.
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