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Rookie Task Chair

by Konstantin Grcic, from vitra.

rookie task chair

rookie task chair

Design Konstantin Grcic, 2018
Polypropylene, steel, polyamide, upholstery
Made in Germany by Vitra

"Rookie is all about flexibility and change. Its design aesthetic symbolizes that magic moment when something new is beginning, but everything is still up in the air. Equally suited as a single desk chair for students or in larger numbers across a wide range of corporate workplaces, Rookie is designed for environments that encourage the creation and exchange of ideas." -Konstantin Grcic

Rookie is a small, agile and - by office standards - unconventionally simple chair. It provides a high level of immediate comfort with a minimal number of adjustments. Both the seat and backrest of Rookie are height-adjustable. In addition to these classic functions of a task chair, other ergonomic features are directly incorporated into Rookie's structural design: the backrest flexes slightly when pressure is applied, and the front edge of the seat is unusually pliant.

Gas-assist injection molding technology is used to manufacture Rookie's plastic seat shell, which extends upwards at the rear to support the backrest element. The matching shell components and base are available in either a light-toned or dark-toned version.

The seat and backrest covers come in a selection of various fabrics and one type of leather. This presents an array of color choices, enabling both subtle and striking combinations. And as all of these materials and colors belong to the Vitra Color & Material Library curated by Hella Jongerius, they can be grouped together to designate special areas or team zones within an office, or can be interpreted in the context of a corporate color scheme.

A few aesthetic details reveal affinities with Allstar, the first office chair developed by Grcic for Vitra. Just like Allstar, Rookie is an excellent seating solution for modern offices, universities and other environments where users with mobile work habits do not want to make a lot of individual adjustments every time they change locations.

28"-35.5" h | 27" w | 27" d | seat: 14.25"-20.25" h | 16.5" d | backrest: 9" h | 19" w

$575.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery)

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Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic (b. 1965, Munich) trained as a cabinet maker at Parnham College in England and studied design at the Royal college of Art in London from 1988 to 1990. He then founded the KGID office (Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design) in 1991, which led to commissions from leading firms in furniture, design, and architecture. Grcic creates industrial products widely described as pared down, simple, essential, or minimalist. His take on minimalism differs from the current fashion in its function in human terms, combining maximum formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humor.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Following in the tradition of Charles & Ray Eames, who have influenced Vitra's approach to sustainability in many ways, product longevity is central to the company's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection.

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