Vitra Accessories Collection encompasses a growing portfolio of design objects, accessories and textiles produced by the Swiss furniture company Vitra. The collection is based on classic patterns and objects conceived by designers such as Alexander Girard, George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames. In addition to these classics, it also includes pieces by contemporary designers. Authenticity, joy and playfulness are hallmarks of the Vitra Accessories Collection. For the autumn/winter collection at Maison & Objet, in September 2018 in Paris, Vitra will expand its accessories portfolio and among new design objects designed by for example Arik Levy and Isamu Noguchi, introducing Resting Animals designed by Front.Resting Animals are the result of a recent research project by Front focussing on the close connection between humans and figurative objects. The design duo asked randomly selected people to identify the most emotionally enriching and meaningful objects in their lives. The majority of answers turned out to be animal figures that were perceived to have personalities, specific attributes or a shared history. Previous works by Front have been devoted to the systematic observation of how various animals sleep or hibernate.
This interest is now expressed in a group of slumbering creatures – Resting Animals – whose poses exude a serene tranquillity. The largest is a knit-covered bear that can be used as a stool, ottoman or backrest, for example. The smaller designs are decorative ceramic figures depicting a cat and two birds of different sizes. Resting Animals not only bring a touch of nature into the home; their peaceful presence goes beyond the visual to communicate a sense of contentment and companionship.