Tip Ton Chair by BarberOsgersby for Vitra

Furniture designers BarberOsgerby will present this tilting chair for design brand Vitra in at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan next week.

Called Tip Ton, the polypropylene chair features a kinked bottom rail that allows the user to tilt it forward nine degrees.

The name ‘Tip Ton” hints at the characteristic dual-function seating experience which defines the chair. From a resting position it tilts forward until the sitter reaches a defined point in the forward position. The key element of this seemingly simple action lies in a 9 degree tilt created by the shape of the chair’s floor skids.

In the forward position the sitter moves closer to a table or desk while their spine remains straight. This sitting position, which until now has only been offered by office chairs, straightens the pelvis and spine and improves blood flow.

“We realised that creating dynamic movement in a chair can actually help a person’s concentration”, says Jay Osgerby. Research shows that increased muscular activity in the abdomen and back regions can be beneficial to health because movement increases the flow of oxygen around the body which can aid concentration.

Tip Ton is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene and weighs just 4.5kg. “Durability, longevity and zero maintenance are key aspects,” says Edward Barber. “The chair is stackable and makes very little noise when moved around.”

“It is also virtually indestructible which makes it suitable for any environment,” adds Jay Osgerby.

Tip Ton’s qualities, including the forward tilt and stackability, are not obvious at first glance. However it is from these inherent characteristics that the chair derives its design credentials, energy and individual character.

Read more: BarberOsgerby

Read more: Vitra

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