Top Ten Vitra Classics

Vitra is a Swiss family-owned furniture company founded in 1950. Vitra works with independent “authors” – primarily with designers, but also with architects and graphic artists. What distinguishes the work of these people from that of other designers is the fact that their personal imprint and outlook is reflected in every one of their products.

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A piece of furniture embodies a lot in one package: engineering, materiality, practicality, and, most of all, imagination. Sometimes, a piece of furniture comes along and changes everything around us. What are these pieces that have not only entered our homes but our collective consciousness? From the Wiggle to the Eames Bird, these designs not only have a striking appearance but also a unique history which created a lasting impact and longevity in the eyes of the public.


Eames Elephant, Plywood by Charles & Ray Eames

An elegant wooden object for the living room, a robust toy for a child’s bedroom, or a small decorative figure – the friendly animal with its proudly prominent ears will bring delight.

Eames Elephant Plywood by Charles and Ray Eames
Panton Chair by Verner Panton


Panton Chair by Verner Panton

A classic in the history of furniture design. Conceived in 1960, the chair was developed for serial production in collaboration with Vitra (1967). It was the first chair to be made completely out of plastic in one single piece.

Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry

Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry

The architect Frank Gehry is known for his use of unusual materials. With his furniture series ‘Easy Edges’, he succeeded in bringing a new aesthetic dimension to such an everyday material as cardboard.


Noguchi Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi

In creating his design for the Coffee Table, Isamu Noguchi translated the biomorphic aesthetic of his sculptural works into a piece of furniture with distinctive organic forms.

Noguchi Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi
Standard Chair by Jean Prouve


Standard Chair by Jean Prouvé

The Standard chair by Jean Prouvé has evolved into one of the most famous classics of the French ‘constructeur’. The seat and backrest of this understated, iconic chair are available in various types of wood, and the metal frame comes in different colours.


Eames Radio

More than 70 years later, Vitra has joined the Eames Office to revive the design of this compact radio, which was a favourite of Charles and Ray.

Eames Radio by Charles & Ray Eames
Akari Lights by Isamu Noguchi

Akari Lights by Isamu Noguchi

The Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are a series of luminaires, handcrafted from traditional washi paper by Japanese artisans.

Cork Family Stool


Cork Family Stool by Jasper Morrison

Stable and robust, they benefit from the advantageous natural properties of cork: comparatively lightweight and extremely durable, they also have a velvety surface that is pleasant to touch.


Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard originally created the Wooden Dolls, a whimsical assortment of figures both joyful and grim, for his own home. Precisely replicated down to the last detail, the many different Wooden Dolls are still fabricated and painted by hand today, just like the vintage pieces by Alexander Girard. And even if the differences between them are only very slight: each wooden figure is a unique, individual product, truly one of a kind.

Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard
Akari Lights by Isamu Noguchi

Wall Clocks by George Nelson

George Nelson conceived a wide array of timepieces, many of which have since become icons of 1950s design. Nelson analysed how people used clocks and concluded that they read the time by discerning the relative position of the hands, which made the use of numbers unnecessary. Furthermore, since most people wore wristwatches, he assumed that clocks had become more of a decorative element for interiors.

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