"The product development began with our wondering how someone should feel who holds a position of authority and has a lot of responsibility. That gave birth to the idea for a lounge chair that would convey absolute mastery such as how you feel behind the wheel of a stylish sportscar or in the cockpit of a space station – namely through its shape, its materials, and the perfect interplay of contrasts," comment Stuttgart designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub by way of explaining their design concept for the conference program "Graph" by Wilkhahn. To develop a lightweight chair with open aluminum armrests and a gap between seat and backrest the seat shell was cut through horizontally and vertically and then reassembled. Today, the eight armchair models including a matching table line have been in production since 2011 and are long since considered classics when it comes to conference furniture. They are characterized above all by aesthetics and comfort. That said, "Graph" is not only to be found in boardrooms but also crops up in films and television. And even features in parliaments such as the Rhineland-Palatinate state assembly – following conversion work there, the parliament was also equipped with "Graph" chairs.
Now for the "Graph Iconic Edition" anniversary edition the range of contrasts between soft and hard materials, organic curves and streamlined surfaces, hand-sewn contours and industrial manufacture will be extended to include the upholstery: Specifically, the seat and backrest covers will be foam laminated and sewn in a delicate, diamond stitching. That not only makes for additional comfort but also for a special look. The "Graph Iconic Edition" will be available as a high-back version with leather covers in all base versions – from conference chair with four-star base on glides via mobile models with a five-star base and infinite height adjustment through to an executive chair with rocking mechanism integrated into the seat for dynamic sitting.
The new "Graph Iconic Edition" models will be available from February 2022. They will be preceded by the publication "Executive Workspaces" in which Wilkhahn outlines international projects documenting its expertise in the high-end segment – from meeting rooms to conference halls, auditoriums and lounge areas through to executive workplaces. The 60-page booklet that also features design drawings and statements by the designers is available from mid-November 2021.