.03 High is based on various elements of the .03 and .04 chairs by Maarten Van Severen. The chair has the same clean lines and reductive forms that are typical of designs by Van Severen, making it a practical and durable office companion. At the same time, it serves the growing need and desire to alternate between sitting and standing postures while working. Paired with a stand-up table, .03 High makes this transition into a spontaneous and dynamic action: instead of raising or lowering the work surface, the user can simply sit down on the chair or stand up at the desk.
.03 High has no armrests. This enables the user to sit sideways or in other positions – or simply to lean on the chair. Thanks to its pleasant pliability, which only becomes apparent upon use, the flexible integral foam shell provides comfortable seating over prolonged periods. .03 High is height-adjustable and has a footrest that serves as a useful support in both seated or standing positions.
- Maarten Van Severen & Fabian Schwaerzler, 1999/2011
- Backrest and seat: flexible backrest with integrated leaf springs. Polyurethane integral foam seat shell with upholstered effect, self-supporting on a steel frame.
- Base: five-star base with chrome-plated footrest, seat mount in die-cast aluminium.
- Seat Height: 68 - 80 cm / 26 3/4 - 31 1/2 Inch
- Height: 105-117 cm / 41 1/2 - 46 Inch
- Width: 38 cm / 15 Inch
- Depth: 42 cm / 16 1/2 Inch
- Micro-mechanism: a rubber ball joint allows multi-directional movement
- On soft reverse-braking casters (locked when seated) or glides
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Their products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, bringing together engineering excellence with the creative genius of today’s leading international designers. It is Vitra’s goal to create furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring. Founded in 1950, Vitra produces many products from internationally recognized designers such as Verner Panton, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen and Jasper Morrison.
Vitra .03 High Chair Designed by:
- Maarten Van Severen , 1999/2011
Maarten Van Severen
Belgium, 1956 - 2005
Maarten Van Severen was born in 1956 in Antwerp, Belgium and studied architecture in Ghent, Belgium. He designed his first furniture pieces in 1986 and in the following year established an independent workshop, where he pursued the semi-industrial production of his own furniture designs. This unified process of design and production was a fundamental aspect of his work. He devoted himself to the examination of basic furniture types: chair, table, chaise lounge, shelving, and cabinet. He developed primary solutions for these categories based on a comprehensive exploration of the questions of form, material and construction.
Beginning in 1990, Severen began to collaborate closely with the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and also turned his attention to interior design tasks. The beginning of his collaboration with Vitra in 1996 marked a new phase in his career. It offered him the opportunity to work with new materials and also brought a much wider degree of exposure and influence.
Until his death in 2005 in Ghent, Maarten Van Severen developed a range of new designs for Vitra, which have progressively entered series production.