Jasper Morrison designs a new cantilever chair for Vitra

Published: 03 Nov 2020
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The cantilever chair is an iconic modern design and Jasper Morrison has added another example to this illustrious pantheon with the just launched EVO-C chair for Vitra.

“Its silhouette is so graceful that the chair almost disappears behind the sitter…

As with other cantilever chairs, this one also features the chair’s famous shape that dispenses with back legs, the load-bearing structure formed by plastic, hollow tube-like components that flow seamlessly into the flat seat and back.

The first cantilever chair, from Bauhaus-designer Marcel Bruer in 1925, used tubular steel for strength; today, thanks to gas injection moulding technology, plastic structures can achieve equivalent strength and rigidity.

For Morrison, the aim was to eliminate all superfluous details: the shape of EVO-C, which is made entirely from 100 per cent recyclable polypropylene, combines the springy properties of tubular steel with the comfort of an ergonomic seat shell.

‘The use of a single material gives EVO-C a cohesive appearance,’ says Vitra. ‘Its silhouette is so graceful that the chair almost disappears behind the sitter. And when not in use, the chair resembles a two-legged sculpture growing out of the ground, which serves as a discreetly elegant substitute for the absent owner.’ EVO-C is available is three shades – ivory, light mint and poppy red.

The evolution of the cantilever chair includes Verner Panton’s sinuous design.  Below, Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra, and Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum, discuss the evolution of this ground-breaking design…

The cantilever chair:

A historical review and world premiere of a new design by Jasper Morrison
Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra, and Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum, offer historical insights into this chair typology and also discuss the innovation potential of cantilever seating.