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CHAIR TIMES – A History of Seating

The film Chair Times leads on a path through a ‘sea of chairs’: 125 objects dating from 1807 to the latest 3D printed designs are arranged in the order of their production years, forming a timeline of modern seating design in the Vitra Schaudepot. Which objects would professionals in the design field want to talk about? The roster of experts includes designers Hella Jongerius, Antonio Citterio, and Ronan Bouroullec, the architects and collectors Arthur Rüegg and Ruggero Tropeano, architect David Chipperfield, Peter Noever as Director Emeritus of MAK Vienna/Los Angeles, Vitra Design Museum director Mateo Kries, and VDM curators Amelie Klein and Jochen Eisenbrand as well as VDM collection curator Serge Mauduit. Serving as a guide on this journey into the past of seating design is Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra.

The Vitra Schaudepot is the starting point for a cinematic journey through the wide world of chairs – along a timeline from 1800 to today.

  • Duration


  • Director

    Heinz Bütler

  • Production

    HOOK Film in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum

  • Release

    04 / 2019

  • Cast

    Rolf Fehlbaum, Mateo Kries, Ronan Bouroullec, Christian Brändle, David Chipperfield, Antonio Citterio, Jochen Eisenbrand, Ulrich Fiedler, Hella Jongerius, Amelie Klein, Serge Mauduit, Peter Noever, Arthur Rüegg, Leonie Samland, Ruggero Tropeano

  • Festivals

    Film My Design Festival, Kairo 2022 | Master of Art Film Festival 2020 | Milano Design Film Festival 2019

Chair Times and also the 16 short films Chair Stories are available in Vitra’s Online-Magazin.