barberosgerby: tip ton and map table for vitra
barberosgerby: tip ton and map table for vitra barberosgerby: tip ton and map table for vitra
apr 04, 2011

barberosgerby: tip ton and map table for vitra

barberosgerby: tip ton and map table for vitra photo by nexus productions




‘tip ton chair’ and ‘map table’ are two new designs by london-based studio barberosgerby (edward barber and jay osgerby) for swiss furniture manufacturer vitra on show at milan design week 2011.






the name of the ‘tip ton chair’ is derived from the object’s actual characteristics. from a resting position it tilts forward until the sitter reaches a defined point in the forward position which lies in a 9 degree angle that is created by the shape of the chair’s floor skids.



sketch of the 9 degree angle



in the forward position, the sitter moves closer to a table or desk – movement occurring in an intuitive way – while their spine remains straight. ‘we realized that creating dynamic movement in a chair can actually help a person’s concentrarion,’ says jay osgerby. research has shown that increased muscular activity in the abdomen and back regions can be beneficial to health because movement increases the flow of oxygen around the body that aids concentration.



‘tip ton’ sketch



made from 100 percent recyclable polypropylene, the seat weighs just 4.5 kg. with the design ‘durability, longevity and zero maintenance are key aspects,’ says edward barber. ‘the chair is stackable and makes very little noise when moved around.’



back view sketch



jay osgerby and edward barber working on a prototype of the ‘tip ton’ chair



photo by marc eggimann



the duo has also designed ‘map table’ for vitra. the trapezoidal shaped work surface can be positioned to create a round-table formation for meetings or can be used as individual desks within the workplace.



‘map table’ in round table formation photo by marc eggimann



the table can be stacked for easy storage photo by marc eggimann



photo by nexus production



HD movie for chair release from the designer



models and sketches of furniture components
video courtesy of vitra

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