|Dimensions||Dimensions in mm|
|Colours||Fabric mix Golden yellow
Fabric mix Red
Fabric mix Green
Fabric mix Night blue
|Material||Frame/supporting structure: wood
Seat: polyurethane foam with interactive pocket springs, chamber cushion and polyester fleece
Back cushion: polyurethane foam with polyester fleece with chamber cushion
Armrest cushions: detached bolster, freely positionable, sand-weighted.
Aura: 97% wool, 3% polyamide
Brink: 85% wool, 15% polyamide
Credo: 95% wool, 5% polyamide
Dumet: 46% cotton, 22% wool, 15% viscose, 9% Polyester, 8% linen
Laser: 100% polyester Trevira CS
Maize: 100% virgin wool
Panamone: 100% cotton
Plano: 100% Polyester
Volo: 85% wool, 15% polyamide
Twill: 70% wool, 3% polyamide
|Variants||Cover colours can be selected from four carefully selected combinations of colours and textiles.
The selection 'armrest left' and 'right arm' refers to the sofa when viewed from the front.
The Polder Compact is sold separately
|Function & properties||Removable covers|
|Care||Vacuum to remove dust and lint.
Fresh stains can be removed with a soft sponge. For stubborn stains please consult a professional cleaning company
|Certificates & Sustainability||Vitra conform to
ISO 9001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
|Datasheet||Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,2 MB).
... A Sofa that Refuses to be Classified as such ...
In addition to office furniture, Vitra has always been associated with classic living products. In 2004, they decided to extend their portfolio through the release of contemporary home furniture and launched their own home collection. Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra CEO at the time, asked Dutch designer Hella Jongerius if she would not like to design a modern sofa for Vitra. "Why a sofa?", was her prompt reply. "I hate sofas, big blocks of foam – I never see a sofa that I like." Fehlbaum then simply asked, "Then why don’t you make one you like yourself?".
Said and done. It was clear to Hella Jongerius from the start that colours and fabrics would play a central role in her sofa design; the designer is known for her work with colours and materials and had already experienced that people not only have a bad colour memory, but also have much less sense and security in the selection of fabrics than in fashion. So she thought about picking up on this and creating a sofa with seat and back cushions in different fabrics and different shades of a basic colour. Together with Vitra the Polder sofa was developed for series production and presented at the furniture fair in Milan in 2005. Where it caused surprise: then as today there was no comparable sofa - and finally an upholstered furniture object managed to look different to all the others, even to provoke and challenge understandings of sofas.
The name "Polder" is Dutch and refers to the land that is won from the sea by the creation of dykes. Hella Jongerius, while looking at the sofa, was reminded through its asymmetrical seating of just such a landscape. The effect created by playing with the colours and textures of the different upholstery elements initially seems irritating: are some of the colours faded? Has there been a mistake in the assembly? Is it a used sofa? The different decorative buttons on the sofa, which come in exotic natural materials such as water buffalo horn, olive and bamboo wood or mother of pearl, complete the composition: not least through the fact that they have a large number of holes whose arrangement is random, which combined with the wide cross-stitch with which the buttons are attached, the Vitra Sofa has the feel of a craft object and is seemingly improvised.