Vitra-Design-Museum

Architect Frank Gehry made forays into furniture design with his lighthearted “Easy Edges” pieces, which were made with layers of corrugated cardboard sandwiched between hardboard facings. See some examples in “Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots” in the Perelman Building.

Wiggle Side Chair, 1972/2005, by Frank O. Gehry
(Photograph by Hans Hansen, lent by Vitra, Inc. © Vitra)

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Commissioned by Swarovski, I photographed famed architect Zaha Hadid for the launch of ‘Prima’ by Zaha Hadid for Swarovski. Prima is a sculpture created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vitra Fire Station, Zaha’s first completed project.

Shot on location at the Vitra Design Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany to co-incide with Art Basel.

Years before Frank Gehry developed the Museum’s new master plan, he was revolutionizing museum architecture with the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Learn how the renowned furniture company came to be an important patron of modern design in the exhibition “Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots,” opening November 22.

Vitra Design Museum, 1989, designed by Frank Gehry (Courtesy of Vitra). Photograph by Thomas Dix.

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Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design @Vitra Design Museum  

From March 2015, a major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum sheds new light on contemporary African design. Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, “Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design” illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance – and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century.

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Alexander Girard’s playful approach to design—epitomized by this series of hand-painted wooden dolls—was a major inspiration to the founders of the Swiss furniture company Vitra in the mid-twentieth century. Which doll is your favorite? Come decide by seeing “Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots" now on view.

Wooden Dolls, 1953, designed by Alexander Girard, made by Vitra GmbH. Photograph by Marc Eggimann, © Vitra

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여행다니며 카메라 뷰파인더에 눈을 가져다대고 의미없고 기념비적인 사진을 찍기보다는 차라리 카메라를 내려놓고 내 눈으로 구석구석 살펴보고 느껴보겠다는 생각으로 여행 다니며 사진찍는것을 꺼려했다. 덕분에 꽤 많은 여행을 다녔지만 그 곳들의 사진은 손에 꼽을 정도다. 하지만 이번에 유럽에 있는 12월까지는 사진을 찍으려고하고 있다.

09.19.2014 - Vitra Design Museum, Germany

This iconic chair by Ron Arad echoes the form of a well-padded club chair, but is built from sheet steel. It was one of the first designs produced through Vitra Edition, the furniture company’s laboratory for experimental design solutions, material uses, and fabrication methods. See it and other Edition works in “Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots.”



“Well-Tempered” Chair, 1986–87, designed by Ron Arad
(Photographer: Marc Eggimann. © Vitra)

BioMorph - Organic design 
from the Vitra Design Museum Collection
Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein
until 8 January 2012

The exhibition “BioMorph – Organic design from the Vitra Design Museum Collection” presents works by such international designers as Carlo Mollino, Luigi Colani, Gaetano Pesce, Marc Newson and Konstantin Grcic. It illuminates the various facets of organic design and traces how the concept of organicism runs throughout twentieth-century design.

Organic design is commonly associated with soft, flowing forms. Many designers seek models from nature or use organic forms to optimize the construction and ergonomics of their creations. Today the possibilities of new computer imaging techniques inspire designers to experiment with organic forms and structures. At the same time, organic design offers itself as a synonym for sustainable design based on respect for resources and the aesthetic of nature.

With organic design, the exhibition takes up a motif that also plays a central role in the work of Rudolf Steiner. While Steiner regarded organic design as an intellectual exercise, “BioMorph” shows how many other designers have approached the topic in a very different and at times pragmatic manner. Examining the Vitra Design Museum Collection from this new perspective, it becomes clear that nature will continue to provide designers with important inspiration in the years to come.

 Image courtesy of Floornature