Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, the Softshell Chair's soft upholstery and innovative structure provides exceptionally comfortable seating all day long.

The Softshell Chair has a defined silhouette which belies the inherent flexibility of this seat: Pliable ribs concealed in the back shell form a malleable chair with considerable freedom of movement. Featuring a curved back which completely envelopes the padded seat, maximum comfort is guaranteed, even over prolonged periods of sitting. Constructed from a fibreglass polyamide seat and backrest with a polyamide base, the Softshell Chair is a robust and aesthetically timeless furniture piece. Thanks to its understated character, the Softshell Chair is extremely versatile and suited for many spaces.

The Softshell Chair series also includes a Side Chair for use in conjunction with this armchair, or for use in more compact spaces.

Softshell Chair
by Vitra


Twill Cognac 02 (F60)
Tress Pale Rose Melange 05 (F80)
Dumet Yellow Melange 11 (F80)
Dumet Sierra Grey Melange 32 (F80)
Dumet Ochre Melange 25 (F80)
Dumet Carbon Black 33 (F80)
Linho Chestnut 06 (F80)
Tress Plum Melange 17 (F80)
Aura Hunger Green 07 (F100)
Volo Red 12 (F60)
Volo Night Blue 11 (F60)
Credo Salt Pepper 13 (F120)
Leather Clay 73 (L20)
$952.00

Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, the Softshell Chair's soft upholstery and innovative structure provides exceptionally comfortable seating all day long.

The Softshell Chair has a defined silhouette which belies the inherent flexibility of this seat: Pliable ribs concealed in the back shell form a malleable chair with considerable freedom of movement. Featuring a curved back which completely envelopes the padded seat, maximum comfort is guaranteed, even over prolonged periods of sitting. Constructed from a fibreglass polyamide seat and backrest with a polyamide base, the Softshell Chair is a robust and aesthetically timeless furniture piece. Thanks to its understated character, the Softshell Chair is extremely...

Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, the Softshell Chair's soft upholstery and innovative structure provides exceptionally comfortable seating all day long.

The Softshell Chair has a defined silhouette which belies the inherent flexibility of this seat: Pliable ribs concealed in the back shell form a malleable chair with considerable freedom of movement. Featuring a curved back which completely envelopes the padded seat, maximum comfort is guaranteed, even over prolonged periods of sitting. Constructed from a fibreglass polyamide seat and backrest with a polyamide base, the Softshell Chair is a robust and aesthetically timeless furniture piece. Thanks to its understated character, the Softshell Chair is extremely versatile and suited for many spaces.

The Softshell Chair series also includes a Side Chair for use in conjunction with this armchair, or for use in more compact spaces.

‘Made to Order’ products are ordered in from the manufacturer on the customers request and are considered a bespoke product - special terms and conditions apply. Production (lead) times stated above are an estimate only and do not include transit times from the supplier, or the time taken to deliver to you.

In stock items are available for immediate dispatch from our London-based warehouse. The daily cut-off time is 12:00 am for same day shipping, orders placed in the afternoon will be shipped the following day. Please refer to inventory levels above for live stock availability.

Dimensions:-
Width: 62 cm, Depth: 56.5 cm, Height: 81.5, Seat Depth: 47 cm, Seat Height: 44 cm

Made in: Germany and Switzerland

Backrest and seat: Shell in fibreglass-reinforced polyamide. Flexible upper backrest shell. Seat and backrest upholstery in polyurethane foam. Armrests are integrated in the seat shell. Version in Laser Fabric and in leather with two seams along the sides of the backrest.

Four-legged base: Polyamide in basic dark with glides.

The Softshell Side Chair is available in a wide range of fabrics and leathers - a small selection of which are shown on this website page. Upholstery is grouped by numbers; the higher the numeric value the greater the cost. 'F' is for woven fabrics, 'L' is for leather upholstery. To explore the complete range of fabrics available for this chair download the 'Fact Sheet' under the Product Downloads tab. Please get in touch for a bespoke quote if you would like a fabric which isn't available to buy online.

F60 - Twill (30% polyamide, 70% new wool), Volo (15% polyamide, 85% new wool)

F80 - Dumet (9% polyamide, 46% cotton, 8% linen, 22% wool, 15% rayon), Linho (9% polyamide, 91% linen), Tress (8% polyamide, 73% new wool, 19% polyester)

F100 - 
Aura (3% polyamide, 97% new wool), Reed (7% polyamide, 48% cotton, 25% new wool, 20% linen)

F120 - Credo (5% polyamide, 95% new wool)

L20 - Robust cowhide with a distinctive even grain

L50 - Semi-aniline nappa leather with a very soft and supple feel, vegetable tanned

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

This product is designed by
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

There are few, if any, designers as well renowned and respected as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - often known simply as the Bouroullec Brothers. Ronan is a graduate of the École supérieure des Arts décoratifs in Paris and Erwan attended the École nationale supérieure des Arts in Cergy before starting their own studio together in Paris.

The design duo started their practice as joint partners in 1999 and quickly established a reputation for offering a new perspective on materiality and purpose. Since then they have worked with some of the world’s most illustrious design brands, creating products which are already considered to be future classics. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects....

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