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Welcome, Vuti

Say hello to the newest addition to the Woodbender range, the Vuti Chair, a fresh take on our existing Kariba Chair.

With an increase in pop-up dining experiences and cosy cafés opening up, especially in urban areas, we’ve seen a need in the market for seating suitable for interiors with space constraints. The Vuti chair is our answer to this need and forms an essential part of every space-saving establishment.

Like the Kariba, the Vuti is characterised by its elegant curves and open back, a true expression of pared-back design and sophisticated simplicity. However, this reimagined design takes space-saving form and functionality to the next level. The Vuti can tuck much closer to a table apron or thick tabletop with a protrusion of about 260mm from the point of contact. In an installation where every inch must be accounted for, this smaller footprint combined with the fact that the Vuti can stack makes for significant space-saving capabilities. According to experts, simple wooden chairs with clean lines and open backs work best to create an airy, lighter space, especially in smaller areas.

What sets the Vuti apart from other similarly designed chairs on the market is the exceptional craftsmanship and bentwood artistry that goes into producing it. Handcrafted, with an emphasis on quality and durability, the Vuti does well in high-traffic areas where chairs are not only sat on but also pushed, dragged, rocked, and lifted.

Like its predecessors, the Kariba and the Makuti, the Vuti takes its name from a small town near the shores of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba. Like all Woodbender pieces, it can be ordered in a choice of four standard timber finishes with an upholstery fabric of your choice. Upholstering dining chairs in fabric allows you to play with texture and prints, bringing exciting design elements into any space without overwhelming a small area.

Woodbender’s four standard fabric options include grey and ivory FibreGuard colourways with the following qualities: Stain-free, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and mildew & odour resistant. We also offer a choice between cognac and black leather options that are finished with a combination of transparent waxes and oils, which gives the leather a soft feel. When the leather is stretched or pulled, the colour migrates and becomes lighter in the pulled area. The leather will patina and age over time, giving it a vintage and classic worn leather look.

You can also specify your own fabric and timber finishes to create pieces that integrate seamlessly into any space. To specify your own fabric and timber finish, please select ‘custom enquiry’ on the product page, or get in touch with one of our seating specialists to discuss your preferences.

Free delivery is included to anywhere in South Africa. International shipping is available and will be quoted separately to ensure the best possible price. Please discuss your delivery requirements with one of our seating specialists.