Vitra presents EVO-C by Jasper Morrison
In other Vitra news, the Swiss manufacturer has unveiled EVO-C, its latest joint project with Jasper Morrison. EVO-C is the first successful translation of the basic principle and functional characteristics of the classic tubular steel cantilever chair into an uncompromising all-plastic model, creating another groundbreaking new milestone within this chair typology.
Throughout the decades, there have been substantial developments and iterations of the cantilever chair – from Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer’s iconic tubular steel designs, to Alvar Aalto’s wooden variations in the 1930’s and the Panton Chair in 1967.
Vitra has continued to pioneer the two-legged chair, known to be one of the great inventions in the history of furniture design, and EVO-C goes one step further. Thanks to today’s gas injection moulding technology, plastic structures can achieve the proven strength and rigidity of cantilevered tubular steel constructions. The load-bearing structure is formed by hollow tube-like components that flow seamlessly into the planar surfaces of the seat and back.
As a result, EVO-C is a plastic cantilever design that successfully exceeds the springy properties of tubular steel, most notable in the extra flex provided by the backrest. It also provides extra comfort through the generous curved surfaces, which make contact with the sitter. The chair provides exceptional ergonomic comfort. The use of a single material – the classic cantilever chair consisted of several different materials – gives it a cohesive appearance. Its silhouette is described as so graceful that the chair almost disappears behind the sitter.