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Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW
5 + 1
Eames Plastic Armchair DAW
5 + 1
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSR
5 + 1
Eames Plastic Armchair DAR
5 + 1
S 64 / S 64 N
CH24 Wishbone Chair
Series 7 Chair 3107
Panton Chair
5 + 1
DSW Promotion Set of 4
S 43 Classic
Eames Fiberglass Chair DSW
5 + 1
CH24 Wishbone Chair Soft Edition
Special Edition
SE 68
About A Chair AAC 22
S 43 Classics in Colour
Eames Fiberglass Chair DSR
5 + 1
Aluminium Group EA 103 / EA 104
5 + 1
Tip Ton
5 + 1
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSX
5 + 1
S 32 N / S 64 N Pure Materials
SE 68 Promotion Set 3+1
Masters Set of 4
DKR Wire Chair
5 + 1
Series 7 Chair 3107 - Monochrome
118 / 118 M
Victoria Ghost
HAL Wood
5 + 1
Panton Chair Special Edition
5 + 1
Click Chair
Tom Vac
In Between Chair
S 43 F Classic
Louis Ghost
Belleville Armchair Outdoor
5 + 1
214 Two-Tone
Special Edition
Masters Metallic
Cover Armchair
S 64 Swivel Chair
209 / 210
Hee Dining Chair
HAL Armchair Wood
5 + 1
404 / 404F
S 533
Italian Elephant Charity Chair
Special Edition
Landi Chair
Wiggle Side Chair
All Plastic Chair
5 + 1
214 K
646 Leggera
CH20 Elbow Chair
N02 Chair
NY11 Dining Chair
J77 Chair
Maui Chair
Cover Side Chair
Belleville Chair Wood
5 + 1
Elephant Wood
About A Chair AAC 12
Nerd Chair
.03 Black
5 + 1
Folding Air-Chair
J104 Chair
Co Chair
5 + 1
Bell Chair Set
Catifa 46 Tube
Palissade Chair
Belleville Armchair Wood
5 + 1
Bertoia Chair
Catifa 46 Sledge
La Marie
Substance Chair
Aava Chair
Elephant Swivel Chair
Eames Plastic Armchair DAX
5 + 1
118 High Gloss
218 / 218 M
Generic C
Palissade Dining Armchair
Generic A
About A Chair AAC 21
Bistro Folding Chair
J42 Chair
Result Chair
Visu Chair
Series 7 Promotion Set of 4
Luxembourg Chair
Herman Chair
Eames Fiberglass Armchair DAR
5 + 1
Panton One

The Multi-purpose chair

So much more than just a chair

There is no one perfect chair - there are any number of perfect chairs. Whether searching for seating for the kitchen, living room, garden or office, the choice is not only multi-faceted. But endless. Among the "filters" one can use to narrow, and focus the choice are considerations such as if the required chair should be classic, practical or comfortable - or would a more versatile design not be more appropriate? Versatile. No problem! Renowned manufacturers such as Vitra, Thonet or Fritz Hansen offer distinctive, timeless designs for indoor and outdoor use, including collections of chairs suitable for any purpose and function, collections which thanks to the wide range of colours and materials mean that they can be used effortlessly in any space.

Victoria Ghost from Kartell

The multi-purpose chair is always ready.

Any time, any place, any where. Most manufacturers of multi-purpose chairs offer them with or without armrests and with a wide range of bases and frames including steel tube and various woods. In particular the Eames Chairs impress through their diversity and flexibility. And once the choice has been made for a particular multi-purpose chair, it need not be forever: Why not swap dining and home-office chairs and thus enjoy a new atmosphere and new seating experiences?

Vitra Eames DSW Chair

From formal language to materiality

Those who like fancy, tend towards the Victoria Ghost or the Louis Ghost from Kartell. Those who prefer it timeless, choose the Ant, the Oxford swivel chair or the Grand Prix from Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen. In addition one can choose from genuine design classics such as the Vitra Eames DSW Side Chair or the Thonet cantilever S 43 Classic. The decision making process is however just as much one of materiality as it is one of aesthetics; among the myriad materials available for contemporary multi-purpose chairs one finds natural materials such as cane or wood, metal in numerous finishes and forms and synthetics, be that plastic mesh or polypropylene as used, for example, to shape the curved seat shell of the HAY About a Chair AAC 22. The SE 68 chair from Wilde+ Spieth is made of real wood veneer and functions equally well as a dinning chair or as an office chair.

Thonet cantilever S 43

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