East River Chair
Products designed by Hella Jongerius exhibit her unique manner of fusing industry and craft, high- and low-tech, traditional and modern – characteristics which are also evident in the East River Chair: with its distinctive form and casual combination of such diverse materials as wood, metal, leather and fabric, this small armchair clearly bears the Dutch designer's signature.
The colours of the East River Chair are carefully coordinated. Depending on the selection of colour combinations, the chair has a very different look, ranging from muted and calm to cheerful and bright. The choice of colours and materials is not based on purely aesthetic reasons: the practical leather covers protect the armrests from dirt and wear, and the thicker padding of the seat cushion, which extends up to the backrest, provides comfortable lumbar support. Thanks to the convenient strap handle on the rear side of the backrest, this compact armchair lends itself to flexible applications.
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.
The designer Hella Jongerius has become known for the manner in which she fuses industry and craft, high- and low-tech, traditional and contemporary. In 1993 she founded the Jongeriuslab studio, where she has pursued independent projects and also created products for major clients, including Maharam, Danskina, IKEA and KLM.
For Vitra, the Dutch designer has developed distinctive pieces such as
the Polder Sofa and the East River Chair. Jongerius has consistently addressed
the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design in her work
with textiles, ceramics and furniture. She has been the Art Director for
colours and materials at Vitra for many years and developed the Vitra Colour
& Material Library – a system that enables the versatile combination of
different materials and colours throughout the extensive Vitra product
collection. Hella Jongerius has also written a book about this complex task
entitled «I Don’t Have a Favorite Colour».