• Greg Lynn Ravioli Chair
  • Greg Lynn Ravioli Chair
  • Greg Lynn Ravioli Chair
Ravioli is a comfortable chair for everyday use with a shape that evolved in a largely automated design process. The aim of designer Greg Lynn was to apply state-of-the-art technology to the conventional task of seating. Computer simulation was used to expand a square two-dimensional surface area into a volumetric mass whose final, solidified shape unites the functional requirements of a piece of seating furniture – mounting platform, seat bucket, armrests and backrest – in a monolithic form. The result is Ravioli – a contemporary interpretation of the classic upholstered armchair.

As an architect and theoretician, Greg Lynn has intensively pursued innovations in the fields of design and architecture made possible by computer-assisted design methods. While computers were initially used in these areas to increase the efficiency of production processes and to perform complex structural calculations, Greg Lynn was one of the first among his peers to explore the potential of computer programming for the actual design process.

Ravioli comprises two half-shells made of different materials: An upholstered seat shell covered with three-dimensional knitted spacer fabric is permanently affixed to the hard plastic shell of the base. Different versions of the chair are based on a series of textile covers in different colours and patterns, which were also designed by Greg Lynn using digital technology.

With the production of this seating object by Greg Lynn, Vitra carries on its tradition of collaboration with internationally renowned architects who have also made a name for themselves with innovative concepts in furniture design. The addition of Ravioli to the Vitra Collection is a further example of the company's commitment to creative developments in contemporary design.

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