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It is the subtle form of the .03, which makes it the true all-rounder among Vitra chairs. When standing in the canteen, the library or at domestic kitchen table, the plastic chair by Maarten van Severen exudes a formal elegance, and when in use thrills through its supreme comfort.

Popular versions

.03, Non-stackable, Base chrome-plated, Without armrests, Basic dark
.03, Non-stackable, Base powder-coated silver (RAL 9006), Without armrests, Basic dark
.03, Stackable, Base powder-coated silver (RAL 9006), Without armrests, Bright red
.03, Non-stackable, Base powder-coated silver (RAL 9006), Without armrests, Poppy red
.03, Non-stackable, Base chrome-plated, Without armrests, Bright red
.03, Non-stackable, Base chrome-plated, Without armrests, Grey
.03, Stackable, Base chrome-plated, Without armrests, Poppy red


Product type Multi-purpose chair
Dimensions H 79 x D 38/43,5 x W 52,5 cm
Seat height 42 cm
Material Seat shell: integral skin polyurethane foam
Hind legs: tubular steel
Front legs: aluminium profile, powder coated silver or chrome plated
Variants Optional in a stackable version

Function & properties Seat shell with cushion effect
Flexible backrest thanks to integrated leaf springs
Stackable design, up to 12 chairs
With felt pads for hard floors
Care Synthetic surfaces should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and a mild, non-abrasive detergent
Sustainability Vitra conform to:
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)

The Vitra .03 is:
93% recyclable
contains up to 33% recycled material
Warranty 24 months
Product datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,2 MB).

Design Story

The Design

It is the subtle form of the .03, which makes it the all-rounder among Vitra chairs. Whether in the canteen, the library or at the domestic kitchen table, the plastic chair by Marten van Severen remains formally reserved, while offering an unrivalled sitting comfort. Thanks to a special seat shell made of a flexible polyurethane integral foam, the cool design language of the Vitra .03 hides a pleasantly resilient, springy seating experience. In addition to the .03 the chair's Belgian creator Maarten van Severen developed the basic concept it in further directions: The .04 is a rotatable studio chair on wheels, which in its clear linearity represents a striking counterpart to the conventional office chair, the .05 combines the straight seat shell with a cantilever base and with the .06 Maarten van Severen has brought the plastic seat into a lounge position. Related to the .XX series is also the MVS Chaise, in which the polyurethane seat shell has been converted into a lounger with ergonomic swing and two reclining positions. All objects in the Maarten van Severen Vitra collection are distinguished by a clear and reduced form language, such as has been rarely seen since in furniture design since Bauhaus.

Vitra also produces the .03 chair with powder coated base in a version for outdoor use.


Maarten van Severen was born on June 5th 1956 in Antwerp, Belgium. The son of an abstract painter, in his own work Maarten van Severen oriented himself towards functional applied arts and furniture design with a style characterised by clear structures and individual forms. Examples of his designs include the Vitra chairs .03, .04 and .05, which he designed in 1999 and which are also his most popular works. Maarten van Severen studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, before he began designing furniture. After several years producing limited edition designs in his own workshop in 1996 Maarten van Severen began his collaboration with Vitra, which opened a new world of furniture production to him and so made his work available to a broad public. In addition to collaborating with Vitra Maarten van Severen also worked as an interior designer, including, for example, with Rem Koolhaas, and taught at various universities. Marten van Severen died in 2005; his designs for Vitra remain both a central feature of the Swiss designer furniture maker portfolio and a testament to Marten van Severen extraordinary talent.

The latest production hall on the Vitra Campus is by Tokyo architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa a.k.a. SANAA

The Vitra .03 Chair convinces with a straight appearance and a flexible seat shell.


Vitra have produced Marten van Severen's .03 chair since 1999 and while its simple appearance may perhaps suggest otherwise, it is manufactured with sophisticated materials. The one-piece seat shell is crafted from a polyurethane integral skin foam, wherein the backrest is flexible thanks to integrated leaf springs, and the large-pored, quite soft plastic provides a cushioning effect. The back legs of the Vitra .03 are steel tubing, the front legs in aluminium profile. The frame is available as either a chrome plated or powder coated version; the latter version being suitable for outdoor use. With its universal applicability and the high quality of the materials and processing of Marten van Severen's .03 chair for Vitra fulfills the requirements of a sustainable design that guarantees to bring joy and comfort for years to come.

The MVS Chaise by Marten van Severen for Vitra - the .03 for lounging


Vitra has produced furniture since the 1950s and is today one of the most prestigious manufacturers of contemporary designer furniture. Beginning with the production of Eames chairs, the company's portfolio has grown steadily and now includes amongst established design classics the latest designs by young designers. As a manufacturer Vitra is characterized by a fresh and modern approach and regularly proves how, as with Marten van Severen's .03 chair, one can look stylish and unique with functional objects. The positive image of Vitra is underscored by the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein: a sprawling complex featuring buildings by some of the most famous and important architects of the past decades. Production halls, conference centre, event halls, the Vitra Design Museum and the VitraHouse reflect, contradict and ultimately compliment one another.

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