Waver by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

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Waver by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

Milan 2011: industrial designer Konstantin Grcic launched this armchair inspired by windsurfing and paragliding equipment for design brand Vitra at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

Waver by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

Called Waver, the design features a fabric seat hooked over the tubular backrest and suspended from the armrests by two straps.

Waver by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

The chair swivels on a four-legged base and comes with cushions for the head and backrest.

Waver by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

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The information below is from Vitra:


Waver Konstantin Grcic, 2011

The Waver armchair is the first collaborative project between Vitra and Konstantin Grcic. Waver embodies a new aesthetic, incorporating materials and construction principles from the outdoor sports that inspired the design.

The idea behind Waver was to deliberately use no conventional armchair typology. Outdoor sports such as windsurfing and paragliding provided inspiration – the commonalities with the lightweight yet high-performance equipment used in such sports are abundantly evident in Waver.

Waver offers a high level of sitting comfort combined with a simple technical construction. Like a paraglider in a trapeze, the user floats in a fabric-spanned seat, which is suspended inside the tubular steel frame by two belts and hung over the top.

Although the back is made of only one layer of fabric, it offers a comfortable contour thanks to its precise cut, at once supporting the body and allowing for a wide range of motion. The tubular steel frame is shaped to offer the flexibility of a cantilever chair, which when combined with a seat and neck cushion provide a level of comfort previously attainable only with conventional upholstered furnishings.

As a swivel chair with a four-star base, Waver interprets a classic type of furniture with sweeping dimensions and unconventional lightness. The energetic colourfulness of the fabrics and the clearly emphasised connecting and functional elements give Waver its sporty look and feel. Its waterproof materials make Waver ideal for use as a garden or patio chair or as an informal and economical indoor seating option.


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  • Horst Zuckerfrei

    The perfect chair for fishing or camping.

  • yuton

    it looks so cheap. and isnt the strap at the front a problem because you tend to fall over?

  • Grefa

    He forgot to add a cup holder on the arm

  • Henk

    It is either an instant classic or instant failure.

  • http://twitter.com/nofelix @nofelix

    i like it. shame the connection to the base isn't more elegant.
    it might be hard to find a place for it, since it's not homely enough for most sitting rooms, but not stylish enough for a yuppy loft appartment. they should make an office chair version and then this could go in the waiting room

    • flaneura

      this is actually great comment. time will show what this chair will become…

      • Xit

        "time will show what this chair will become… "

        This phrase means nothing as it applies to everything.

  • Designstudent

    Haven't we seen this so many times before in souped-up deckchair styles since the 1990s – Lidl did one, plain green/blue, straps included. The colours are sporty. Perhaps too sporty for the home. The chassis may be lightweight but looks too bulky to allow portability to different venues. Albeit water resistant, you would not want to leave it outside indefinitely so perhaps not ideal garden furniture either. Sports clubs and gyms, hmm, possibly a perfect location, but would they find the cost matched their budget or stick with cheaper furnishings?