The latest range of products from Vitra

'Suita' by Antonio Citterio
’Eames Plastic Armchair’ - a recyclable edition of the 1950s classic by Charles and Ray Eames.
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The latest personalities to be added to the Vitra collection are a diverse bunch, ranging from 'Chairless' - a textile strap tool for sitting by Alejandro Aravena - to a fully-fledged modular sofa unit called 'Suita', by Antonio Citterio.

Chairless is a mobile alternative to a chair, designed for situations where a chair isn't available. The Chilean architect's design is an industrial version of a sitting strap used by Ayoreo Indians - a nomadic South American tribe - and some of its proceeds will go towards supporting these people. We're not entirely convinced about its comfort factor, but we're withholding judgement, having not yet given it a test drive.

Suita is a light and elegant range of seating elements, with a sleek, steel frame. We like its legs - made from delicate-looking aluminium die-casting - which give the sofa a floating appearance. Also on show at the Vitra stand is the organically-shaped 'Flower' bench by SANAA and some new editions of 1950s Eames classics - a recyclable version of the 'Plastic Armchair' and an even more comfortable edition of the iconic 'Lounge Chair & Ottoman', whose proportions have been adjusted to account for the increase in the average human height.

Plastic side chairs

'Eames Plastic Side Chair' - a recyclable edition of the 1950s classic by Charles and Ray Eames.

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'Suita' by Antonio Citterio, 2010, for Vitra.

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'Flower' by SANAA, 2001/2010, for Vitra.

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Lounge Chair and Ottoman

'Lounge Chair and Ottoman' - a new edition of the 1956 classic by Charles and Ray Eames, with enlarged proportions.

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Chair less

'Chairless' by Alejandro Aravena, 2010, for Vitra.

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Alejandro Aravena,

'Chairless' by Alejandro Aravena, 2010, for Vitra.

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Stand C05, Hall 12
Salone del Mobile

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.