CHAIR TIMES — A History of Seating

Switzerland (2018), 90 min.

Directed by Heinz Bütler

Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria

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.

Festivals and Awards:

  • Milano Design Film Festival, Italy (2019)