One of Vitra's simplest designs is inspired by a very simple invention by the Ayoreo Indians in Paraquay. "It is obvious that many things have evolved since the beginning of time and that progress has accumulated in our lives in the form of sophisticated needs and desires. But it is also true that there are many things and needs that haven’t changed much since our origins and they can still be satisfied in an extremely simple way.” – Alejandro Aravena
One of the simplest designs launched at the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair was by Vitra, made in collaboration with Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. It is a sort of non-product that represents the philosophy that Aravena follows in his work, to reduce design to its most utilitarian form.
Responding to a picture he saw of an Ayoreo Indian (from Paraguay) sitting upright on the ground with a strap around his knees and back, Aravena went on to capture the contemporary potential of this seating device. Design in its simplest form, Chairless relieves the spine and legs so that when sitting on the ground, hugging your knees is no longer necessary.
To pay tribute to the concept’s inspiration, Vitra donates part of the proceeds from Chairless sales to support the Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities, an organisation dedicated to securing land as a livelihood for the indigenous population.