> japanese red base, beige Cité fabric
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The standard grade leather used by Vitra is a robust cowhide leather, dyed-through, pigmented and embossed with an even grain pattern. Since it is hard-wearing and easy to maintain, it can also be used in office environments.
Material  Robust cowhide with a distinctive, even grain.
Thickness  1.1–1.3 mm
Fastness to light  Type 6
Fastness to rubbing  Grade 4 dry and wet
> echru base, beige Cité fabric

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ready-made Cité armchair


beige (01)
black (02)
Cité is a plain-weave cotton textile that fulfils the technical requirements of a nearly self-supporting fabric. Its two neutral colour tones are ideally suited for the Prouvé Collection. The fabric is soft to the touch yet still robust and durable.
Material  100% cotton.
Weight  405 g/m² (11.9 oz/y²).
Abrasion resistance  40,000 Martindale.
Fastness to light  Type 5.
Fastness to rubbing  Grade 3–4 dry and wet.
Pilling  Grade 3–4.
Cité fabric
smooth ecru
powder-coated (88)
smooth deep black powder-coated (12)
smooth japanese red powder-coated (06)
base – metal (smooth)
Not many armchairs can pride themselves with having marked design history and the Cité armchair is most certainly part of the list. The Cité armchair was designed by Jean Prouvé in 1930 for a competition to furnish the rooms at the student campus Cité Universitaire de Nancy. It is so comfortable that it became one of the favourite pièces of Jean Prouvé, who consequently also chose to have it in his own home. The Cité armchair is beautiful from every angle. It combines the elegant simplicity of the tight metal profile and broad leather straps for armrests with the softness of the generous padding. Vitra now offers the Cité armchair for sale in a carfully selected range of leathers and fabrics.
Cover  Seat and backrest with a continuous cover in fabric or leather.
Upholstery  Neck cushion in polyurethane foam, height-adjustable.
Base  Bent sheet steel, powder-coated finish (smooth).
Glides  Fitted with plastic glides for carpet; felt glides for hard floors optionally available.



Cité armchair


design Jean Prouvé, 1930

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