The East River Chair by Hella Jongerius is a striking, small armchair composed of diverse materials such as wood, metal, leather and fabric. The carefully selected combination of colours and materials does not have a purely aesthetic purpose: the practical leather covers protect the armrests from dirt and wear, and the thicker padding of the seat cushion provides optimum lumbar support.
In 2013, Hella Jongerius and Vitra collaborated on the design of a chair for the North Delegates Lounge at the UN headquarters in New York. The development of the East River Chair was based on this design.
- Seat shell: plastic laminate
- Upholstery: polyurethane foam with fabric cover
- Base: legs in natural oak with steel cross braces powder-coated in ivory or dark oak legs with braces powder-coated in coffee
- Cover: Premium Leather and various fabrics in coordinated colour combinations
- Height: 74 cm / 29 1/2 inch
- Seat Height: 40 cm / 15 3/4 inch
- Width: 64 cm / 25 1/2 inch
- Depth: 71 cm / 28 inch
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 East River Chair Designed by:
- Hella Jongerius , 2014
After graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy in 1993, Hella started her own design company, Jongeriuslab in 2000. She has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, traditional and contemporary. Hella Jongerius produces her own projects and projects for clients such as Maharam, KLM, and IKEA. Hella Jongerius has also made major contributions to the steadily growing Vitra Home Collection, including the Polder Sofa.
Her work has been shown at museums and galleries such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, MoMA in New York and the London Design Museum.