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by Vitra

Designed by
Hella Jongerius
for Vitra 2018

Vlinder combines the archetypal form of a comfortable sofa with a precisely tailored duvet-like fabric cover. The textile cover bears the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius’ distinctive signature and pushes the boundaries of modern weaving technology: eight colours with yarns of two different thicknesses comprise the various levels of seven different jacquard weaves.

When creating the new Vlinder Sofa, Hella Jongerius drew on her extensive knowledge of weaving techniques along with her ten years of experience as Art Director for colours and materials at Vitra. The contemporary body of the Vlinder Sofa serves as a platform for the extraordinary cover: a rich tapestry of motifs, weaves and colour that vaguely resembles a colourful butterfly with outspread wings. Comprising multiple layers of foam, the soft upholstery of Vlinder is combined with the feather-and-down-filled cover to provide exceptional comfort.


Body frame: wooden construction, with zigzag springs in the seat section and upholstery webbing in the backrest.
Upholstery construction (body): multilayer polyurethane foam in different levels of firmness, top layer made of viscoelastic foam, with polyester fleece.
Cover: chamber cushion structure, filled with a mix of goose feathers and down, as well as polyurethane and latex rods. Three-part design (two armrest sections, one seat-backrest section). Secured to sofa body with zip fasteners.
Seat height with cover: 400 mm (270 mm with applied load, measured in accordance with EN 1335-1).
Covers: all covers are removable.
Glides: steel legs with felt glides.


Width: 2400mm x Height: 750mm x Depth: 1240mm

Lead time+
Approximately 18 - 22 weeks.