Founded in 1950 as a family-owned company, Vitra is a Swiss company that makes up a part of the Turkish Eczacibasi Group which has produced tiles and sanitary ceramics and distributed these globally since 1942. The name similarity with the brand name vitra. is coincidental; both companies developed entirely separately from one another. A friendly exchange presently exists between both companies, but there are no commercial links. Vitra sees designers not simply as contractors but as authors. The relationship of trust between these authors from all corners of the world and Vitra, who share their ambitions, sits at the very heart of the company’s product development process. Collaborations are always a subtle synthesis of artistic freedom, production know-how and industry knowledge. This philosophy has shaped the company’s culture since its early partnerships with seminal designers like Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson.