Jean Nouvel’s Jumper Collection for VS America Is a Seating Experience
“This is not only a project; it’s an experience.” That’s Jean Nouvel, describing his double duties for VS America at NeoCon, which involved designing a seat, Jumper, and then a showroom to surround it. The Pritzker Prize–winning architect created the multi-purpose chair—in a vibrant spectrum of color offerings—for cafeterias, training rooms, and other quick-turnover spaces. Among the five formats is Jumper Ply, constructed from tubular steel and molded beech plywood, and Jumper Air, its shell in micro-perforated recyclable polypropylene. Come June, the series will be the focal point of the manufacturer’s new space at The Mart, joined by mirrored platforms and ceiling treatments to conjure Nouvel’s vision: a labyrinth of perspectives.