jasper morrison collection for vitra introduces all plastic chair at salone del mobile 2016
salone del mobile.milano 2016: jasper morrison‘s ‘all plastic chair‘ for vitra is the salone del mobile.milano award 2016 winner for best product (chair design). the international award that highlights the design sector’s finest innovations that harness cutting-edge trends and consider up-to-the-minute modes of home living.
‘all plastic chair’
jasper morrison is known for defining the term ‘super normal’ with fellow colleague naoto fukasawa — in search for the pursuit of ‘good design’, and a minimalistic approach to product and furniture design. this is of course expressed in the ‘jasper morrison collection’ developed by vitra, introduced to the public on the occasion of the salone del mobile 2016.
profile of the ‘all plastic chair’ that features a frame made of rigid, high-strength polypropylene
the ‘jasper morrison collection’ is comprised of new products and re-editions by the british designer which include: the ‘soft modular sofa’ (2016), ‘all plastic chair’ (2016), ‘occasional lounge chair’ (2016), and ‘occasional low tables’ (2016).
‘all plastic chair’ is reminiscent of the simple, classic wooden chairs that have been around in europe for decades, now rendered in a new material — representing a significant advancement in the appearance and functionality of this typology.
the flattened frame elements of the ‘all plastic chair’ are cast in a single piece, while the thin seat surface is organically shaped; and the backrest is more finely modelled than the back support of the conventional wooden chairs. the result is a compact and graceful design, with the combination of plastic components making it extremely comfortable. the ‘all plastic chair’ is composed of a frame consisting of a rigid, high-strength polypropylene, while the seat and backrest adapt to the the contours of the sitter’s body. for greater comfort, the latter is connected to the overall structure by means of axial shafts with rubber buffers that enable the construction to gently flex in response to the sitter’s movements.
the combination of two types of plastic also offers new possibilities for a colour scheme of two-tone palette pairing frames in a slightly darker shade, with seats and backrests in a lighter nuance of the same hue. this interplay lends a distinctive look, transporting the classic shape into a contemporary context. the ‘all plastic chair’ is available for interior applications in white, dark grey and ice grey; while a larger selection of colours and added outdoor usage capabilities are planned for 2017.
the ‘all plastic chair’ on display at the vitra stand during salone del mobile 2016
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‘soft modular sofa’
the ‘soft modular sofa’ is a current interpretation of what has become a modern classic: the low-slung modular sofa with a decidedly horizontal emphasis. the design unites carefully composed proportions, great comfort and a conscious renunciation of decorative details, exemplifying the characteristics of this sofa type in their purest form. firmly in line with his philosophy of ‘super normal’ design, jasper morrison combines home-like informality with precise finishing and expressive clarity.
the ‘soft modular sofa’ is a current interpretation of what has become a modern classic
the design features voluminous cushions that invite the sitter to lounge and relax. on one hand, the black base is part of the functional design, enabling a practical and stable connection of the modules; while on the other hand, a plinth-like platform with rounded corners references the elegance of art deco.
‘occasional lounge chair’
the ‘occasional lounge chair’ is a charming, compact design that as an outward shape that makes it appear as a cubic volume with clean lines, straight edges and a polygonal body that tapers downward. the inner shape of the lounge chair, by contrast, is characterized by softly rounded, organic contours. the seat cushion and backrest provide an inviting coziness and level of comfort that one would not expect at first glance. as a contemporary, unobtrusive armchair, the ‘occasional lounge chair’ is suited for hotels, lobbies and waiting areas, as well as home environments. in private interiors it cuts a fine figure either on its own, or especially when paired with the ‘soft modular sofa’.
‘occasional lounge chair’ on display at the vitra stand during salone del mobile 2016
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‘occasional low tables’
the understated design and carefully crafted proportions of the ‘occasional low tables’ allow them to be integrated into a wide variety of interior settings. belonging to a category of furnishings that function as indispensable companions for everyday living, they not only provide a decorative accent with the corresponding forms of their circular tops and pedestals: the die-cast aluminium base plates, characterized by elegant lines and harmonious radial dimensions, can be slid underneath low sofa frames – like that of jasper morrison’s ‘soft modular sofa’. thanks to these features, the ‘occasional low tables’ serve as practical elements in any living space. the feature a stable metal base that comes in three heights – from the level of a low occasional table to a standard sideboard – accompanied by refined, bevelled-edge table tops in aluminium or high- quality solid wood. the powder-coated metal surfaces are robust and easy to clean.
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the 'occasional lounge chair' appears like a cubic volume with clean lines, and a polygonal body that tapers downward
'occasional lounge chair' on show at the vitra stand during salone del mobile 2016
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