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Physix Chair

design Alberto Meda, 2012

The aesthetic of the Physix Chair, designed by Albertro Meda in 2012, reminds the classical Aluminium Chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1958. In both cases, the chair is made of a single textile panel stretched between two side members, which would offer the greatest possible freedom of movement.

To achieve this objective, Alberto Meda created three elements that combined ensure an exceptionally dynamic sitting experience: a highly flexible frame construction, an elastic cover and a stabilising mechanism.

Vitra has updated the colours for the seat cover fabrics: fresh hues provide a balanced palette, making it even easier to find a suitable chair for virtually any environment. Physix is available as an office swivel chair, in the version Physix Conference with a four-star base, or in the reductive variant Physix Studio.

Category office swivel chair according to EN 1335

Mechanical unit and back brace powder coated aluminium in deep black (RAL 9005) or soft grey (RAL 7047). With synchronised movement, individual adaptation of backrest resistance and locking device in upright position. Seat height continuously adjustable via pneumatic spring
Frame, seat and back flexible frame and armrests in polyamide (deep black or soft grey). One-piece sling panel for the seat and back in TrioKnit knitted fabric or FleeceNet woven fabric
Base four or five-star base in die-cast aluminium, powder-coated in deep black or soft grey

2 frame colors

deep black

soft grey

3 bases

Physix Studio
Swivel base with wheel,
without mechanism

Swivel base with wheel,
with mechanism

Physix Conference
Swivel base without wheel,
without mechanism

10 upholstery colors

TrioKnit Fabric

TrioKnit is a strong, self-supporting knit fabric with a fine sheen. The robust quality and slightly technical look of TrioKnit make it well suited for office environments. Thanks to the fabric's subdued colour palette, it can be easily combined with other materials.

Materials 4% elastane, 96% polyester Weight 607 g/m2 Abrasion resistance 40 000 Martindale
Fastness to light Type 6 Fastness to rubbing Grade 4–5 Pilling Grade 4–5

TrioKnit Reed 3

TrioKnit Black Pearl 06

TrioKnit Silver Grey 7

TrioKnit Pebble Grey 8

TrioKnit Ice Grey 9

TrioKnit Brick 10

FleeceNet Fabric

FleeceNet is a technical netweave made of polyester and polyamide with an interwoven chenille yarn. FleeceNet does not have a closed surface, making it breathable and promoting comfortable thermal conditions. The interweaving of different yarns allows for a variety of new colour combinations.

Materials 46% polyamide, 1% elastane 53% polyester Weight 430 g/m2 Abrasion resistance 100 000 Martindale
Fastness to light Type 6 Fastness to rubbing Grade 4–5 Pilling Grade 4–5

FleeceNet Black 1

FleeceNet Ice Grey 03

FleeceNet Mid Grey 8

FleeceNet Soft Grey 7

Alberto Meda

Alberto Meda, born 1945 in Tremezzina, Italy, studied mechanical engineering at the Milan Polytechnic. From 1972 to 1979 he was technical director for Kartell, after which he worked as a freelance designer for companies including Alias, Alessi, Cinelli, Colombo Design, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Legrand, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti and Vitra. Between 1981 and 1985 he also served as a project consultant for Alfa Romeo. From 1983 to 1987, Meda taught industrial technology at the Domus Academy in Milan. He became a docent at the Milan Polytechnic in 1995 and also served on the board of Designlabor Bremerhaven. Since 2003 he has taught at the University IUAV of Venice and lectured in places including Chicago, St. Louis (Washington University), Stockholm, Boisbuchet (Vitra Design Museum Workshops), Miami, São Paulo, Ulm, Istanbul and Toronto.

Alberto Meda has worked together with Vitra since 1994. During this time, his elegant designs for office chairs and a variety of tables have made a significant contribution to the success of Vitra's Office Collection.