Tip Ton defines the new design standard for the forward-tiltable all-plastic chair: it can be tilted forward from its normal position and will remain stationary at a 9 degree incline. This forward-slanted sitting position, which has only been available to date from sophisticated office chairs, straightens the pelvis and spine thereby improving circulation through the stomach and back muscles. Up to four Tip Ton chairs can be stacked on one another and the chair is available in eight different colours. It is made from polypropylene, is extremely durable and 100% recyclable.
Rolf Fehlbaum, the CEO of Vitra is the “Chair” man. Very modestly he explains the why and how of a manufacturing company which started with chairs from Eames and went on and on with an impressive campus with buildings by world famous architects and it’s own design museum.
From the Vitra site I learned that the Panton Chair had a long incubation period. So it’s not easy to pinpoint its start. However, in 2010 they decided to celebrate the chair’s 50ieth anniversary. Via Bustler I learned the UK representative of Vitra had invited various British designers to give an interpretation of the Panton Chair at the occasion of this 50ieth anniversary. They received 31 entries. On July 1m 2010 all 31 entries were auctioned. The proceedings of about Â£ 10’000 were passed onto Shelter.
Space Invading features 24 entries. You can find them on Facebook as well and guess what? That’s the Vitra Facebook page. I don’t understand why they didn’t feature this on their site…
Aravena was inspired by a similar sitting strap commonly used by the Ayoreo Indians living in the border region between Paraguay and Bolivia. A portion of the proceeds from Chairless will go to the non-profit Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities, for support of the Ayoreo Indians.