Wanted: The Most Minimal Chair in the World

Vitra unveils a strange new invention, composed simply of a nylon strap.

Vitra Chairless

The German furniture firm Vitra is usually known for high-end stuff you'd pass down through the generations. But they've gone into a completely different—and strange—direction with Chairless, a "seating device for the modern nomad." Designed by Alejandro Aravena, it's simply a strap that you put around your knees and back. So that you can lean back, with maximum comfort. Apparently, Aravena was inspired by a similar strap he saw being used by an Ayoreo Indian. Naturally, a part of the proceeds will be used to support the Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities.

Vitra Chairless

But moreover, this makes a brilliant addition to some of the hobo inventions we've covered. Just roll this up in the pocket of your JakPak, grab your Bedouin chaise lounge, and hit the rails.

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8 Comments

  • Free Online Resources

    Simply amazing Idea , I like it , Thanks for sharing , btw from where i can buy this chair :)

  • don'twasteyour$

    Seriously dude? Just buy a belt that's too big a voila. Why the hell would you pay someone for that?

  • Peter Marty

    I hope the "inventor" of this is not claiming to have actually invented it. The Yemenis have been doing this for hundreds of years to support themselves as they sit on the ground for hours on end as they study in the madresas http://bit.ly/Ieb1Zb

  • Cecil Woodruff

    this is probably the dumbest thing I've ever seen, hell I've been sitting all my life and I've never once had or needed a nylon strap, anyone who thinks this brilliant needs to be removed from the gene pool.

  • Darth Continent

    I think I'll just ask one of my big and tall friends (emphasis on "big") for one of their old belts and save myself a few bucks.

  • Bill Coffin

    I think you mean "so you can lean back, with *minimum* discomfort," right? Leaning back with maximum discomfort doesn't need some kind of strap; it only requires a sharp rock.

  • Alex Aitken

    More and more it appears as though elite design is about reduction... and that users and consumers crave simplicity. See http://8ken.net/b9PHjx for expanded thoughts on Chairless and the vein it taps.