East River Chair
East River Chair
The colours of the East River Chair are carefully coordinated. Depending on the selection of colour combinations, the chair has a very different look, ranging from muted and calm to cheerful and bright. The choice of colours and materials is not based on purely aesthetic reasons: the practical leather covers protect the armrests from dirt and wear, and the thicker padding of the seat cushion, which extends up to the backrest, provides comfortable lumbar support. Thanks to the convenient strap handle on the rear side of the backrest, this compact armchair lends itself to flexible applications.
In 2013, Hella Jongerius and Vitra collaborated on the design of a chair for the North Delegates Lounge at the UN headquarters in New York. The development of the East River Chair was based on this design.
The designer Hella Jongerius has become known for the unique way she fuses industry and craft, high-tech with low-tech, the traditional with the contemporary. In 1993 she opened the Jongeriuslab design studio through which she has carried out her own projects as well as works for such clients as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, IKEA and KLM. For Vitra, the Dutch designer has developed pieces like the Polder Sofa or the Worker Chair.
In her textiles and ceramic works as well as her furniture pieces, Jongerius has consistently addressed the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design. Hella Jongerius brings her expertise in this area to the development of a Vitra-specific spectrum of colours and materials.
Her works have been shown at such institutions as the Design Museum (London), Galerie kreo (Paris) and the Moss Gallery (New York).