VITRA
swiss design company

In 1953, the entrepreneur Willi Fehlbaum discovers the furniture of Charles & Ray Eames in a New York store. Immediately seduced by the designs, his enduring enthusiasm leads to the decision to become a furniture manufacturer. Back in Switzerland, Fehlbaum gets in contact with the Herman Miller furniture company in Michigan, the manufacturer of the Eames furniture.

In 1957, after 4 years of negotiations, Vitra begins with the licensed production of the Herman Miller Collection including designs by Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. In the following years, the Fehlbaum family (Willi, his wife Erika and their eldest son Rolf) comes into contact with Nelson, Girard and the Eames' on numerous occasions. For Rolf Fehlbaum, currently Vitra’s Chairman, these encounters number among his most formative experiences.

 In the early 1960s, Willi Fehlbaum makes the acquaintance of the Danish designer Verner Panton, who is seeking a manufacturer for his design of a plastic chair. Vitra’s expertise in the processing of plastics gives Fehlbaum the confidence to develop the chair for mass production together with Panton. After several years of collaborative effort, Panton’s sculpture-like chair comes onto market in 1967 – the first cantilever-based plastic chair moulded in one piece and the first product developed directly by Vitra.

 In 1984, the partnership with Herman Miller is terminated by mutual consent. Vitra acquires all rights for the production of furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson, as well as Alexander Girard’s textiles for Europe and the Middle East. Now able to sell these products under its own label, Vitra operates as an independent brand. 

In 2013, Vitra acquired the Finnish Artek, the renowned design company founded in 1935 in Finland by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. Artek was built upon the radical business plan to “sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” Artek has become one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto.

VITRA CHAIRS

EVO-C chair – Vitra – Jasper Morrison
EVO-C chair – Vitra – Jasper Morrison
EVO-C chair – Vitra – Jasper Morrison
EVO-C chair – Vitra – Jasper Morrison

EVO-C Chair
Jasper Morrison, 2021
Vitra

Panton Chair & Panton Chair Classic design Verner Panton, 1960 Vitra
chaises Panton et Panton Classic design Verner Panton, 1960 Vitra
chaises Panton et Panton Classic design Verner Panton, 1960 Vitra
chaises Panton et Panton Classic design Verner Panton, 1960 Vitra
chaises Panton et Panton Classic design Verner Panton, 1960 Vitra

Panton Chair & Panton Chair Classic
Verner Panton, 1960
Vitra

Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – WHITE base design Charles et Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – WHITE base design Charles et Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – WHITE base design Charles et Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – WHITE base design Charles et Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – WHITE base design Charles et Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DSR & DAR Chairs – white base
Charles et Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – BLACK base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – BLACK base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – BLACK base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – BLACK base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – BLACK base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DSR & DAR Chairs – black base
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSR & DAR – CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DSR & DAR Chairs – chromed base
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames Plastic DSW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DSW Chair
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames Plastic DAW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DAW Chair
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames Plastic DSX – WHITE, BLACK & CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSX – WHITE, BLACK & CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSX – WHITE, BLACK & CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSX – WHITE, BLACK & CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DSX – WHITE, BLACK & CHROMED base design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DSX Chair
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames Plastic DAX design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAX design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAX design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAX design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAX design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

DAX Chair
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Eames DSW – Fiberglass original design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames DSW – Fiberglass original design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames DSR – Fiberglass original design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames DSR – Fiberglass original design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic PSCC design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic PSCC design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic PACC design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic PACC design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAL design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Eames Plastic DAL design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Wire Chair DKR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1951 Vitra
Wire Chair DKR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1951 Vitra
Aluminium Group – height adjustable design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Aluminium Group – height adjustable design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Wire Chair DKW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1951 Vitra
Wire Chair DKW design Charles & Ray Eames, 1951 Vitra
Aluminium Group – fixed height design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Aluminium Group – fixed height design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Aluminium Group – fixed height design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Aluminium Group – fixed height design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra

Aluminium Group Chair – Fixed height
Charles & Ray Eames, 1958
Vitra

Soft Pad Group design Charles & Ray Eames, 1969 Vitra
Soft Pad Group design Charles & Ray Eames, 1969 Vitra
Lobby Chair design Charles & Ray Eames, 1960 Vitra
Lobby Chair design Charles & Ray Eames, 1960 Vitra
Chaise Tout Bois design Jean Prouvé, 1941 Vitra
Chaise Tout Bois design Jean Prouvé, 1941 Vitra
Chaise Standard SP design Jean Prouvé, 1950 Vitra
Chaise Standard SP design Jean Prouvé, 1950 Vitra
Chaise Standard Classic design Jean Prouvé, 1950 Vitra
Chaise Standard Classic design Jean Prouvé, 1950 Vitra
Fauteuil Direction design Jean Prouvé, 1951 Vitra
Fauteuil Direction design Jean Prouvé, 1951 Vitra
Fauteuil Direction Pivotant design Jean Prouvé, 1951 Vitra
Fauteuil Direction Pivotant design Jean Prouvé, 1951 Vitra
Organic Chair design Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940 Vitra
Organic Chair design Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940 Vitra
Softshell chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008 Vitra
Softshell chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008 Vitra
Softshell chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008 Vitra
Softshell chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008 Vitra

Softshell Chair
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008
Vitra

Softshell chair – swivel base design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008 Vitra
Softshell chair – swivel base design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008 Vitra
Belleville chair – plastic design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2015 Vitra
Belleville chair – plastic design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2015 Vitra
Belleville chair – wood design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2015 Vitra
Belleville chair – wood design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2015 Vitra
chair .03 design Maarten Van Severen, 1998 Vitra
chair .03 design Maarten Van Severen, 1998 Vitra
Moca chair design Jasper Morrison, 2020 Vitra
Moca chair design Jasper Morrison, 2020 Vitra
Hal Wood chair design Jasper Morrison, 2010 / 2014 Vitra
Hal Wood chair design Jasper Morrison, 2010 / 2014 Vitra
All Plastic Chair design Jasper Morrison, 2016 Vitra
All Plastic Chair design Jasper Morrison, 2016 Vitra
Wiggle chair design Frank Gehry, 1972 Vitra
Wiggle chair design Frank Gehry, 1972 Vitra
Tip Ton chair design Barber & Osgerby 2011 Vitra
Tip Ton chair design Barber & Osgerby 2011 Vitra
Landi chair design Hans Coray, 1938 Vitra
Landi chair design Hans Coray, 1938 Vitra

VITRA LOUNGE CHAIRS

Fauteuil Eames Lounge design Charles & Ray Eames, 1956 Vitra
Fauteuil Eames Lounge design Charles & Ray Eames, 1956 Vitra
Fauteuil Eames Lounge design Charles & Ray Eames, 1956 Vitra

Hal Lounge Chair
Jasper Morrison, 2021
Vitra

Aluminium Group EA124 + EA125 design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Aluminium Group EA124 + EA125 design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra
Aluminium Group EA124 + EA125 design Charles & Ray Eames, 1958 Vitra

Aluminium Group Chair EA124 / 125
Charles & Ray Eames, 1958
Vitra

Soft Pad EA222 + EA223 design Charles & Ray Eames, 1969 Vitra
Soft Pad EA222 + EA223 design Charles & Ray Eames, 1969 Vitra
Lobby Chair  design Charles & Ray Eames, 1960 Vitra
Lobby Chair  design Charles & Ray Eames, 1960 Vitra
Fauteuil LCW design Charles && Ray Eames, 1945/46 Vitra
Fauteuil LCW design Charles && Ray Eames, 1945/46 Vitra
Fauteuil LCW design Charles && Ray Eames, 1945/46 Vitra

LCW Lounge Chair
Charles & Ray Eames, 1945/46
Vitra

Fauteuil LCM design Charles & Ray Eames, 1945/46 Vitra
Fauteuil LCM design Charles & Ray Eames, 1945/46 Vitra

LCM Lounge Chair
Charles & Ray Eames, 1945/46
Vitra

Fauteuil Eames Plastique RAR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Fauteuil Eames Plastique RAR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Fauteuil Eames Plastique RAR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

RAR
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

Fauteuil Eames Plastique LAR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Fauteuil Eames Plastique LAR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra
Fauteuil Eames Plastique LAR design Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Vitra

LAR
Charles & Ray Eames, 1950
Vitra

La Chaise design Charles & Ray Eames, 1948 Vitra
La Chaise design Charles & Ray Eames, 1948 Vitra

La Chaise
Charles & Ray Eames, 1948
Vitra

 Organic Chair design Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940 Vitra
 Organic Chair design Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940 Vitra
 Organic Chair design Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940 Vitra
 Organic Chair design Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940 Vitra

Organic Chair
Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940
Vitra

Fauteuil Grand Relax design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra
Fauteuil Grand Relax design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra
Fauteuil Grand Relax design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra

Grand Relax Lounge Chair
Antonio Citterio, 2019
Vitra

Fauteuils Repos & Grand Repos design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra
Fauteuils Repos & Grand Repos design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra
Fauteuils Repos & Grand Repos design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra

Repos & Grand Repos Lounge Chairs
Antonio Citterio, 2019
Vitra

Fauteuils Petit Repos design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra
Fauteuils Petit Repos design Antonio Citterio, 2019 Vitra
Chaise Longue Suita design Antonio Citterio, 2010 Vitra
Chaise Longue Suita design Antonio Citterio, 2010 Vitra
Fauteuil de Salon design Jean Prouvé, 1939 Vitra
Fauteuil de Salon design Jean Prouvé, 1939 Vitra
Fauteuil de Salon design Jean Prouvé, 1939 Vitra

Fauteuil de Salon
Jean Prouvé, 1939
Vitra

Fauteuil Cité design Jean Prouvé, 1930 Vitra
Fauteuil Cité design Jean Prouvé, 1930 Vitra
Fauteuil Cité design Jean Prouvé, 1930 Vitra

Fauteuil Cité
Jean Prouvé, 1930
Vitra

fauteuil Direction design Jean Prouvé, 1951 Vitra
fauteuil Direction design Jean Prouvé, 1951 Vitra
East River Chair design Hella Jongerius, 2009 Vitra
East River Chair design Hella Jongerius, 2009 Vitra
Fauteuil Slow Chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2006 Vitra
Fauteuil Slow Chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2006 Vitra
Fauteuil Slow Chair design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2006 Vitra

Slow Chair
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2006
Vitra

Coconut Chair design George Nelson, 1955 Vitra
Coconut Chair design George Nelson, 1955 Vitra

Coconut Chair
George Nelson, 1955
Vitra

VITRA COFFEE & SIDE TABLES

Nelson Bench
George Nelson, 1946
Vitra

VITRA BENCHES & STOOLS

Nelson Bench
George Nelson, 1946
Vitra

Eames Stools
Charles & Ray Eames, 1960
Vitra

Butterfly Stool
Sori Yanagi, 1954
Vitra

Elephant Stool
Sori Yanagi, 1954
Vitra

Cork Family
Jasper Morrison, 2004
Vitra

Tabouret Solvay
Jean Prouvé, 1941
Vitra

Tabouret Haut
Jean Prouvé, 1942
Vitra

Wiggle Stool
Frank Gehry, 1972
Vitra

VITRA RECTANGULAR DINING TABLES

VITRA ROUND TABLES

Bistro Table
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2009
Vitra

VITRA DESKS

Compas Direction desk
Jean Prouvé, 1953
Vitra

VITRA SOFAS

Suita Sofa
Antonio Citterio, 2010
Vitra

Polder & Polder Compact Sofas
Hella Jongerius, 2005
Vitra

Soft Modular Sofa
Jasper Morrison, 2016
Vitra

Mariposa Sofa
Edward Barber et Jay Osgerby, 2014
Vitra

Alcove High Back Sofa
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2012
Vitra

VITRA STORAGE UNITS

Eames Storage Units (ESU)
Charles & Ray Eames
Vitra

VITRA
AND THE SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY

Vitra, a Swiss company, shares many values with Scandinavia Design and the major Scandinavian design companies, which have long been concerned with social and environmental progress. This responsible attitude is reflected in many aspects of life at Vitra, where there are 41% of women in management positions (and even a majority in the board), where relaxation and well-being activities are on offer, where the workstations are ergonomic and the offices designed to make working life as pleasant as possible.

This is also reflected in the architectural quality of the Vitra campus, open to the public (for example the Oudolf Garten), in the way in which Vitra operates its buildings (with hydroelectric power) as in the way in which Vitra designs its products and supplies raw materials: while Vitra's headquarters are in Birsfelden, Switzerland, the company has production sites in Weil am Rhein (Germany), Szombathely (Hungary) and a plant in Sugito (Japan) for the Asian market .

Vitra has set itself three goals for 2030:

 - Vitra will be a net positive company on the basis of all indicators of its ecological footprint.
- Vitra will follow each product throughout its lifespan, ensuring the longest possible use and facilitating its recycling and disposal.
- Vitra customers will be able to make their purchasing decisions based on detailed information about where and how a product was produced and the partners involved.

For all these reasons, Scandinavia Design is happy to be a Vitra partner.