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Vitra Sofas

Swiss

Design house Vitra has garnered international recognition for more than 70 years — the Swiss family-owned furniture company has outfitted public spaces as well as residential properties and offices worldwide. It has been a proponent of modernist design since the 1950s. While the brand is heralded for its collaborations with mid-century modern icons such as Verner Panton, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and others, Vitra’s German campus is also home to buildings designed by legendary architects Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. Among them is the Vitra Design Museum, an independent cultural institution that displays two centuries of design today.

Vitra was established in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, in 1950 by husband and wife team Willi and Erika Fehlbaum. On a trip to New York several years later, Willi Fehlbaum encountered the work of design polymaths Ray and Charles Eames in a furniture store and immediately knew that he had found his bliss.

In 1957, Vitra entered into a licensing agreement with Herman Miller, which saw the company producing designs by George Nelson, the Eameses and others. Later, Vitra partnered with Verner Panton and created the Panton chair, which was the first chair ever crafted from a single piece of molded plastic (it was also the first piece to be independently developed by Vitra). After 27 years of establishing the Vitra brand, the Fehlbaums passed control to their two sons, Rolf and Raymond Fehlbaum.

When a fire destroyed the factory in 1981, the brothers developed the Vitra Factory Campus, subsequently taking the opportunity to redirect the architectural landscape of the company. They created a masterplan with Nicholas Grimshaw, and together they erected four buildings in just a few short years.

In 1988, with the passing of Ray Eames and the disbandment of the Los Angeles Eames office, Rolf and Raymond acquired the furniture design portion of her estate, including the Eames prototypes and experimental models, housed today in the Vitra Design Museum.

Rolf and Roy opened the Vitra Design Museum in 1989. This began a period rich with design relationships, including collaborations with Antonio Citterio, Jasper Morrison, Maarten van Severen, Philippe Starck, Alberto Meda and others.

In 2012, leadership passed to Nora, the third generation of the Fehlbaums. Nora Fehlbaum has, like her grandparents, expanded the company and brought it into the 21st century with the acquisition of Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek. Nora has turned the company’s focus to sustainability yet still maintains its international and cultural relevance legacy.

Find a collection of Vitra lounge chairs, tables, side chairs, sofas and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Vitra
Signed Vitra Isamu Noguchi Freeform Cloud Large Biomorphic Sofa & Ottoman
By Vitra, Isamu Noguchi
Located in West Hartford, CT
Isamu Noguchi's biomorphic, organic shaped "Cloud" Freeform Sofa is a direct extension of the artist's sculptural aesthetic and it effortlessly blurs distinctions between design and ...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Vitra Sofas

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Fabric, Textile, Wool, Wood, Maple

Pair of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra 3-Seat Alcove Sofa in Volo Mid-Grey
By Vitra, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This pair of sofas was designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in the early 2000s for production exclusively by Vitra, one of the most recognized manufacturing and design powerhouses in...
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2010s German Modern Vitra Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

2020 Vitra Alcove Seating by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in Orange Fabric
By Vitra, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a custom c-shaped high Alcove sofa, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, produced by Vitra in Germany. It was acquired directly from Vitra, when...
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2010s German Modern Vitra Sofas

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Steel

2010s Vitra Alcove Love Seat in Fabric by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
By Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Vitra
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a pair of Vitra Alcove love seats in green and gray fabric, designed by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, produced by Vitra. Production of this line sta...
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2010s German Modern Vitra Sofas

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Steel

Purle Leather "Area" Sofa by Antonio Citterio for Vitra, Switzerland, 1980
By Antonio Citterio, Vitra
Located in DE MEERN, NL
This clever and high-quality Postmodern sofa by Milan-based Antonio Citterio for Vitra designed in 1990, ‘Area’ is a hybrid of daybed and so...
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1980s German Modern Vintage Vitra Sofas

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Antonio Citterio for Vitra Grey Leather Suita Three-Seat Sofa, 2021
By Vitra, Antonio Citterio
Located in London, GB
Originally designed in 2010 by Antonio Citterio for Vitra, the suita sofa is a fantastic example of modern design. The sofa has a slimlin...
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2010s German Vitra Sofas

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1990s Area Lounge Sofa Leather Sofa by Antonio Citterio for Vitra Chrom Design
By Antonio Citterio, Vitra
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
1990s Area Lounge Sofa Leather Sofa by Antonio Citterio for Vitra Chrom Design Object: sofa Manufacturer: Vitra Condition: good - vintage ...
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1990s Vitra Sofas

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Metal

Jasper Morrison Sofa and Otomman Soft Modular Sofa by Vitra
By Vitra, Jasper Morrison
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Jasper Morrison in 2016. Manufactured by Vitra, Switzerland. In good condition, with signs of age and use. The soft modular so...
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2010s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vitra Sofas

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Wood, Fabric, Foam

Antonio Citterio for Vitra 'Area' Sofa / Daybed, Signed, 1990s
By Antonio Citterio, Vitra
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This clever and high-quality Postmodern sofa by Milan-based Antonio Citterio for Vitra designed in 1990, ‘Area’ is a hybrid of daybed and so...
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1990s Swiss Post-Modern Vitra Sofas

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Aluminum

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Vitra sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Vitra sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Vitra sofas, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sofas by Vitra were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, ClassiCon, and Eileen Gray. Prices for Vitra sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,639 and can go as high as $27,812, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,422.
Questions About Vitra Sofas
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Vitra is a Swiss family-owned furniture company. The husband-and-wife team, Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, established Vitra in Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1950. For more than 70 years, it has outfitted public spaces as well as residential properties and offices worldwide. While the brand is heralded for its collaborations with mid-century modern icons such as Verner Panton, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and others, Vitra's German campus is also home to buildings designed by legendary architects Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Vitra furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Vitra is a furniture design company that was founded in 1950 by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum. Today, Vitra products are designed in collaboration with independent designers, architects and graphic artists and manufactured by the company. Shop a collection of Vitra furniture from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 26, 2024
    Yes, Vitra is a good brand. Since the 1950s, the Swiss furniture company has partnered with iconic designers, such as Verner Panton, Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard, to create pieces that boast intelligent and visually appealing designs. Online reviewers consistently praise the quality of Vitra's materials and craftsmanship. Shop a variety of Vitra furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    In Vitra's collection of home furnishings, RAR means the rocking armchair rod base. It refers to wooden rocker arms with angled metal rod legs. Vitra adds them to a number of plastic chairs originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames to create rocking chairs. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Eames furniture.

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