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.