Chaise Tout Bois is the only chair by the French ‘constructeur’ and designer Jean Prouvé that is made entirely out of wood. The design is very similar to Prouvé’s famous Standard chair, but wood was substituted for the metal base due to the scarcity of metal during the Second World War. The form of the Chaise Tout Bois articulates Prouvé’s intention to provide added strength at the transition point between the seat and backrest, where the load weight of the human anatomy is greatest. The profile of the rear frame section – back legs and backrest support – makes reference to this load transfer and is a typical characteristic of Prouvé’s designs for both furniture and architecture.
Chaise Tout Bois by Vitra corresponds to one of Jean Prouvé’s design variants from 1941, whose construction does not require a single screw. The height and seat geometry are the same as those of the Standard chair and thus meet current norms and requirements. The warm look and feel of wood contrasts appealingly with the practical structural design, which is typical of Prouvé’s functional approach. Chaise Tout Bois is available in light oak or dark-stained oak.
Vitra, a Swiss furniture and design furniture company founded in 1950, aims to improve the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through design furnishing solutions. Vitra offers a wide range of furnishings designed to cover almost the entire living space. In particular Vitra makes chairs, armchairs, sofas, tables, containers, light solutions, watches, small accessory items, textiles, children's furniture and miniatures.
All Vitra products and furniture are designed and developed through innovative processes of engineering excellence. The company has always relied on the creative talent of world-renowned designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck, Bořek Šípek, Mario Bellini, Glen Oliver Löw, Dieter Thiel, Jasper Morrison, Alberto Meda and Jean Prouvé. Strengths of the Vitra furnishings are the longevity of the materials, the aesthetics and the solidity of the construction, as is shown by its classic design pieces, still in production since 1950.