The chair Jill is the first cooperation of Vitra and Alfredo Häberli. Inspired by the beginnings of plywood deformation, Jill tests the borders of this technology. Jill Wood moreover possesses a solid wood base.
In the 1940s, Charles Eames succeeded in the deformation of plywood from two to three dimensional panels for the first time. The fascination of this sculptural expression of this early plywood-prototype can be seen in many of Alfredo Häberlis designs. The Swiss designer, born in 1964 in Argentina, works with his studio which has been founded in 1991 for renowned companies in product and furniture design, textiles shaping as well as interior architecture. With Jill, Alfredo Häberli formally refers to the 40s and transforms these into modern organic seats with Vitra and the latest plywood-technology.
Jill’s veneers are bent in a patented procedure, until they touch in the seat's centre. This creates an open and flexible seat with transition of seat to back which follows body contours. Two endless lines, one interior and one exterior, penetrate and surround an area forming a sculptural form which follows the contours of the body offering exceptional seat comfort, thanks to high flexibility.
The base of Jill has also been partly inspired by historic idols but always offer a contemporary expression to the chair – especially in its distinctive colour which is adapted to the optionally available seat cushions.
- Seat: veneer (ash, oak or walnut), three-dimensional formed
- Bases with glides for carpets or with felt glides for hard floor
- Four-feet wood base made of natural solid oak, black ash or black pigmented walnut
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