Reinventing the Shell: The HAL Tube Chair by Jasper Morrison for Vitra

Since Charles and Ray Eames seem to have simply wet our palettes with their original shell chair, designer Jasper Morrison comes in now – nearly six decades later – to quench our thirst for under-stated modern seating. Using his interpretation of the shell as if it were the “Helvetica New” typeface of the original, we gladly welcome the HAL Tube Chair to the Vitra line-up as understated beauty trapped in an eager to please seat.

HAL Tube Chair. Designed by Jasper Morrison for Vitra.

The HAL Tube Chair by Jasper Morrison Draws Inspiration from the Charles and Ray Eames Legacy for a Modern-Day Vitra

To combine the old and new, the ergonomic, molded back and seat takes on a slightly different shape. Offered in partnership with more than ten different bases to complete the ultimate HAL look, it’s also offered in a multiple colors that work themselves into any home, office or public space. Since HAL takes full advantage of Vitra’s testing lab – which simulates approximately 15 years of use – the slim profile is built to last. All of its surfaces and parts are fused without leaving crevices for dirt and grime to collect just like the original version besides its GREENGUARD environmental label which benefits your project’s LEED building certification. To top it off, the construction of the chair can be funneled into either indoor or outdoor use. Since so many different options are available, Vitra recommends the powder-coated steel base in crème for a light interior addition or the basic dark finish for resilient outdoor use as patio dining chairs under the sun and stars.

Seating, Chair
Seating, Chair
Seating, Chair

Speaking of tables, the London-born Morrison took his HAL Collection a step further by matching the chair to its very own HAL Table. Developed at the same time as an addition to the line-up for Vitra, the HAL Table comes in a round or square tabletop that is available in white, pastel grey or black. Opt to match the molded polypropylene shell of the chair to its tabletop surface or go for a warm, contrasting orange with armrests or a steel sleigh base to mix things up.

Dynamic in shape and texture, the HAL Tube Chair by Jasper Morrison is a 40s-inspired furnishing any mid-century loving, 21st century space simply cannot do without.

About the Manufacturer: Vitra dedicates their collections to a mission that develops healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, the home and public spaces. Each and every product they create is developed in Switzerland using their Test Lab to ensure lasting quality and aesthetic excellence. Working in partnership with some of the best designers on the planet, the past and present of Vitra’s legacy inspire the future ideas and environmentally friendly pieces that will prove integral to the overall design experience. “Sustainability is just like morals: one should live by them and not just talk about them. Our roots in modern design make the first step easy: we make products that avoid the superfluous and last for a very long time.” Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman of Vitra.

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