Together with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Vitra has now developed a version of the chair that is manufactured from recycled plastic: Tip Ton RE. The high-quality recycling material stems from recycled household waste, particularly used packaging.
Utilising this raw material instead of petroleum-based primary plastics generates 54% less climate-damaging emissions, with a significant reduction in primary energy consumption. To achieve the required stability and quality, the recycling material is mixed with a proportion of glass fibres. The dark grey hue of Tip Ton RE is the natural shade of the processed recycling material, which therefore exhibits very slight irregularities in colour. Tip Ton RE is itself 100 % recyclable and can be stacked up to four chairs high. The all-plastic chair Tip Ton can be tilted forward a few degrees from the normal position. This forward-tilt straightens the pelvis and spine and thus improves circulation to the abdominal and back muscles.
Edward Barber, born in Shrewsbury in 1969, and Jay Osgerby, born in Oxford in 1969, studied architecture and interior design as fellow students at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1996, they founded their own studio for design and architecture under the name Barber & Osgerby. Since that time, their collaborative work has probed the interface between industrial design, furniture design and architecture.