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Miniature Tom Vac Chair

By Vitra


  • Description

    Each Vitra miniature is true to the original in construction and materials, and reduced in size on a scale of 1:6. Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Production notes: Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.

    The Tom Vac Chair was first realized as one element in a sculpture consisting of 70 stacking chairs named »Totem«. Commissioned by the magazine Domus, it was set up in the centre of Milan during the Salone del Mobile in 1997.
    The seat shell with the characteristic wave profile is based on earlier versions Ron Arad sketched for the dining room of a house in Tel Aviv. The first small series for »Totem« was created in just four months. Though it is a complicated metal to manufacture, vacuum-formed aluminium proved to be a suitable material.
    In collaboration with furniture maker Vitra, for whom he had already produced the Well Tempered Chair back in 1986, Ron Arad developed, within a very short time, a version of the Tom Vac Chair suitable for mass production. Seen within the context of Arad's complete work, which is largely characterized by »one offs«, the chair is something of an innovation by virtue of its industrial and by extension inexpensive production. While the design of the Tom Vac Chair only deviates minimally from the first plan, the flexible seat shell of polypropylene offers a high degree of comfort.

  • Technical Info

    H13 x W10.5 x D10 cm

    Materials: Plastic, chromed steel wire.

  • Designer
    Ron Arad
    Ron Arad, born 1951 in Tel Aviv, studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and at the Architectural Association in London.

    In 1981 he opened the office One Off Ltd. in London together with Caroline Thorman and began to handcraft unconventional furnishings made mostly out of welded steel sheeting with distinctive sculptural forms.

    He and Thorman founded Ron Arad Associates Ltd. together with Canadian architect Alison Brooks in 1989. Since the late 1980s, Arad has also designed furniture for series production.

    In 1994 he established the "ron arad studio" in Como, Italy, and taught product design as a guest professor at the Vienna University of Technology until 1997. Since 1997 he has held a professorship for furniture design and industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London.
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  • Delivery

    4-6 weeks

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