Chairless by Alejandro Aravena -Vitra-

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hairless is a seating device for the modern nomad. This sturdy strap of fabric allows its user to sit down in a relaxed manner – but with neither seat nor backrest. It is thus a solution par excellence for times when chairs are in short supply: lunch in the park, while waiting in a crowded airport, a picnic on the lawn, sitting down at a concert, reading on the beach and on countless other occasions. Chairless is so light and compact that you can carry it with you wherever you go.

Chairless relieves the spine and legs, so that hugging your knees or using a support is no longer necessary. Because the pressure is taken off so many areas of the body, you feel relaxed all over. Now your hands are free to operate your laptop or your iPod, for reading, eating etc.

«There are no more risks involved when using Chairless than there are when using a conventional chair. In particular, where there are known knee or back problems, use of the chair should possibly be increased gradually in order for the user to become accustomed to it and to avoid adaptive reactions.»
Dr. med. Marco Caimi

Chairless is available in four versions.

Alejandro Aravena

“It is obvious that many things have evolved since the beginning of time and that progress has accumulated in our lives in the form of sophisticated needs and desires. But it is also true that there are many things and needs that haven’t changed much since our origins and they can still be satisfied in an extremely simple way: sitting comfortably on the ground is one of them.“
Alejandro Aravena

Vitra’s collaboration with the architect Alejandro Aravena began with the planning of a workshop building on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. The philosophy that Aravena follows in his work is the principle of “irreducibility”, meaning that he strives to reduce all his designs to their most utilitarian form.

Aravena saw a picture of an Ayoreo Indian sitting on the ground with a tight strap around his knees and back. This simplification of what he knew as a chair – a reduction to “irreducibility” – fascinated Aravena, who went on to capture the potential of this seating device.

Aravena developed Chairless in collaboration with Vitra.

Supporting the Ayoreo Indians

The Indians of the Ayoreo tribe in northern Paraguay make use of a seat strap which they tighten around their legs and back. This is where the development of Chairless started.

Subjugated during the 19th and 20th century, the Indians of the Gran Chaco of northern Paraguay have meanwhile managed to secure a legal claim to their culture and traditional way of life, and are currently in a dispute with the government over land rights.

Vitra uses part of the proceeds from Chairless sales to support the «Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities»,  an organisation dedicated to securing land as a livelihood for the indigenous population of Paraguay.

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