A Chair to Last


Industry professionals and the general public drew inspiration from the design industry’s creativity at the neue räume 22 design fair, held in old industrial warehouses in Zurich Oerlikon. This year, Switzerland’s biggest design event took place from September 15 to 18. In addition to presenting over 120 international manufacturers, the fair also offered interesting special exhibitions along current themes and invited visitors to thought-provoking events. Wilkhahn was there with its Yonda shell-structure chair, which has already bagged the IF Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award in the Best of the Best category this year.

The Yonda shell chair was quite a crowd puller at the neue räume 22 design fair in Zurich. It was a hit with both industry professionals and the general public.

Visitors found out all about the latest seating models on the Wilkhahn stand. The team on the stand welcomed lots of guests from the worlds of architecture and interior design and created something of a buzz. “We really enjoyed talking to visitors who indicated that Yonda was very much on trend,” comments Brigitte Uhlmann, Wilkhahn’s head of admin and back-office sales force.


“Lots of visitors were impressed by how the historical fiberglass-reinforced plastic chair had evolved to become a sustainable and pioneering item of furniture like Yonda. Which is why we’re delighted that we showcased the chair at the design exhibition,” says Brigitte Uhlmann. Architect, lecturer and furniture designer Georg Leowald came up with the archetypal, spacious shell-structure chair in the 1950s, which was discontinued for environmental reasons in 1989. Neunzig° design reinterpreted Leowald’s original idea for the future by creating a chair based on an exceptionally sustainable biocomposite material.

Yonda isn’t just ideal for offices and conference rooms, this versatile, modern, classic piece of furniture is a superb addition to living spaces and dining rooms.

 Yonda – award-winning, sustainable design

Sustainability hasn’t just been on Wilkhahn’s agenda since yesterday. Our corporate philosophy revolves around developing and producing furniture in a planet friendly manner. We also want timeless design and long-lasting quality so that our products can be used for a very long time to come. The “less is more” principle is all about the furniture’s understated design and sustainable production.


The new Yonda shell-structure chair is a good example. It’s impressive for its purist form, superior comfort and the pioneering materials it’s made of. The long-lasting all-rounder is based on a circular economy that focuses on ensuring the product’s used for as long as possible. As a result, Yonda’s already meeting the requirements of tomorrow’s world today.

Further information

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