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These 19th Century Vitra chairs and sofas stem from a unique relationship, collaborating with some of the world's best designers.

Dedicated to improving people's lives by leveraging the power of design, the brand's ethos is to create innovative products and concepts to complement home decor and office spaces.

Founded in the fifties in Switzerland by Willi Fehlbaum and Erika Fehlbaum, Vitra grew from a vitrine shopfitting specialist to a glober leader furniture manufacturer. The successful negotiations with Herman Miller and a license to create pieces from the USA paved the way for their iconic designs to enter the market with never seen before concepts, detailed processes, and development.

Their affiliation with George Nelson and the most famous designs from Charles and Ray Eames, such as the Ottoman and Lounge Chair, has enabled Vitra to continue to release new designs with conceptual expertise and creativity from visionary designers.

Continuing to boast its classic collections through exhibitions and their very own Vitra design museum, undoubtedly, the brand's story has been built on a tradition of heritage and innovation.

Spruce up your living and working space from a world-renowned family brand.

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About Vitra FurnitureVitra, founded in Basel in Weil am Rhein in 1953 began with Willi Fehlbaum and his wife Erika. Willi, a Swiss entrepreneur, was running a small business specialising in commercial furniture. However, the pair already had a keen eye for design. When Willi travelled to the USA with his son Rolf, they would quite by accident meet two influential designers who later contributed to the fortunate story of some of their most iconic designs.

It was 1960, in New York, Rolf would accompany his father on business trips to translate for him. Riding in a taxi, he asked the driver to stop to take a closer look at a plywood chair he saw in a shop vitrine. Influenced and enamoured by the chair design, he requested to speak to the producer, Herman Miller.

Ray and Charles Eames would later design his accidental chair discovery.

After Willi began successful negotiations with Herman Miller, a businessman, and US manufacturer, he was granted the rights in 1957 to produce their designs in Europe. Rolf, Willi's son, developed a close relationship with George Nelson, one of the founding fathers of American Modernism and the lead designer for Herman Miller and Alexander Girard.

A close friendship evolved between the three and Alexander would significantly influence Rolf's understanding of design.

Having continued to work closely with some of the world's best designers and celebrated family-run business for over eight years, their philosophy remains the same, to maintain close relationships with their designers, customers, and employees.

Partnerships like these led to the production of many timeless classics created with expertise and fine craftsmanship.

As a world leader in furniture design, the Swiss company decided to open up the Vitra Design Museum in 1987, dedicated to researching and presenting innovation in the past and present; their collection is accessible to the public and appears in popular exhibitions. In addition, the Vitra Campus showcases a unique collection of contemporary European architecture.

Browse and shop from the Vitra sofa and chair collection today, and discover a curated mix of unique pieces and curated design classics; all are available to purchase online, and immediate delivery is available.


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