Article from the 2013-05-24
Vitra didn’t only present completely new products on this year’s furniture fair in Milan. Also some classics were re-edited regarding material, colour and variants by Vitra – many design legends shine in a completely new light now!
If Vitra re-edits some classics, there is one name that shouldn’t be missing: Eames. The designer couple Charles and Ray Eames is inseparably connected to the Swiss furniture manufacturer, and that’s the reason why Vitra dedicated special attention to their designs. The Eames Plastic Chairs are available with new maple wood bases and with a “basalt” seat. The Wire Chairs are also available with new bases and in new colours. The Hang It All wardrobe also appeared with fresh new colours in the Vitra assortment.
One special highlight was also the Eames Lounge Chair, which was presented in a completely black edition by Vitra now. This doesn’t sound really spectacular, but it becomes special while watching the noble classic piece: The seats in black ash wood, the deep black leather and the carefully coordinated details such as the aluminium pieces in deep black offer a very noble, sublime expression to the lounger, hard to be surpassed in its appearance. The Organic Chair, which has been designed by Charles Eames together with Eero Saarinen was presented with an expandable fabrics selection and more colours than before.
Also the Jean Prouvé re-editions appeared numerously: The Solvay Tale, the EM Table and Compas Direction were re-edited as well as the Tabouret Solvay stool, the Standard chair and both loungers Fauteuil Direction and Fauteuil de Salon. Prouvé designed the now re-edited pieces between 1939 and 1953. Since the designs by the French have always been embossed by constructive clearness, small detail changes by Vitra already suffice to make Jean Prouvé’s furniture pieces look absolutely fresh and contemporaneous.
Further known designers are on the list of re-edited furniture pieces presented on the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan: The Repos and the Grand Repos by Antonio Citterio are now available in a higher edition, especially adapted for public areas, such as Lobbies. The A-Table by Maarten Van Severen was also re-edited, as well as the legendary Wall Clocks by George Nelson: The Sunflower Clock, the Petal Clock and the Sunburst Clock are now available in a black edition, offering a noble character to the timers.
The A&W designers of the year 2013, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, added a new member to their sofa family with the Alcove Plume: The sofa is nearer to the ground and emphasizes cosiness. The thick, wide produced cushions signalize and offer ultimate comfort.
Once again, the Milan Furniture Fair shows that new furniture mustn’t always break with ancestors. The re-editions by Vitra cite classics and let them appear in a new, modern light.
We will shortly present the Vitra novelties from the Milan Furniture Fair 2013!