11 AUGUST 2022
The history of Vitra officially begins in 1950, with the establishment of a family-run company and the creation of the first plant in Weil am Rhein, Germany, but only until a few years for the first, fundamental turning point. It is in fact in 1953 that the founder Willi Fehlbaum discovered during a trip to the United States the chairs created by the designer couple Charles and Ray Eames, whom he then met in person.
In addition to the beginning of a successful collaboration relationship, this meeting helped shape the philosophy that will lead Vitra to stand out in the world of design furniture over the years. The process that led to the birth of a product began in Switzerland, where the objects are designed and developed, and then continued in Germany, with the manufacturing phase, after passing through a crucial phase. For Vitra, the designers, architects and graphic artists with whom the company collaborates are not mere customers but real partners free to exercise their creativity and provide their own point of view, and consequently to give the finished product their own personal and professional imprint.
Finally, there is sustainability, the real blueprint around which every Vitra production process revolves. In a nutshell, each item is designed and built to last, and therefore to create as little waste as possible, a durability that represents the sum of values such as functionality, design and quality.
VITRA DSW AND DAW CHAIRS
Among the most iconic products of Vitra, closely linked to the history of the company, are the DSW and DAW chairs, whose design dates back to 1950, obviously designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
The basic idea was as simple as it was captivating, able to remain modern for over half a century and inspire many copies, never the same as the original. The main feature of these chairs is in fact given by the combination of a plastic shell with a four-legged wooden base, with the further possibility of adding a seat cushion or complete padding. Since 1988, DSW and DAW have evolved and are made of polypropylene.
To distinguish the Dining Height Side Chair Wood Base (DSW) from the Dining Height Armchair Wood Base (DAW) is fundamentally the presence, in the second model, of the integrated armrests to increase its comfort. What does not change, however, is their adaptability, thanks to a style that makes them suitable for any room in the house, from the kitchen to the living area.
MAIN FEATURES VITRA CHAIRS
Each chair produced by Vitra is immediately recognizable, thanks to the close bond that unites each object to those who conceived and designed it.
Often equipped with a simple, almost essential design, Vitra chairs let shapes, materials and colors make the difference from the first glance, as in the case of the famous Panton Chair by Verner Panton or in the countless models designed by Charles and Ray Eames, like those part of the immense family of Plastic Chairs.
The sober aesthetics in many cases are combined with a high degree of durability that allows the chairs to last for a long time and with indispensable comfort.
COLLECTION AND AVAILABLE SHADES OF COLORS
A peculiarity of most of the Vitra chair collections is the wide choice of colors. The color options available are in fact almost always countless for each single element, with the possibility of creating interesting contrasts by combining different materials and shades.
This versatility is perfectly represented by the Plastic Chairs DSW and DAW, which allow you to play with the many colors of the body, ranging from white to mustard, passing through more original shades such as green, forest or navy blue, to be combined with the precious textures in Hopsak fabric and the shades of the wooden base, such as dark maple, black maple or honey-colored ash.