There are many stories to tell about the company Vitra, and many things to discover on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein.

 

It was here that Frank Gehry made his first building outside the United States: the Vitra Design Museum. The Fire Station, on the other hand, was the very first constructed work by Zaha Hadid.

The site also includes a very rare Petrol Station designed by Jean Prouvé and the iconic VitraHaus, an assembly of 12 stacked house-like parts created by the architects Herzog & de Meuron. That same year, with the opening of the their new Schaudepot, the collection of furnishings of the Vitra Design Museum was opened to the public.

 

These and many other stories were narrated for the first time in a vast exhibition held in 2014 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017) is an expanded version of that exhibition.

 

The exhibition guides visitors through the early years of the family business, offering insights on the origins of Vitra as a company in the sector of shop furnishings and describing how the encounter between Willi & Erika Fehlbaum and Charles & Ray Eames in 1957 led to a pioneering partnership.

The show illustrates the conceptual process that lies behind the exclusive architectural complex built on the Vitra Campus, and the development of the Vitra Home Collection.

Vitra produces classic design furniture, but also constantly creates new products in collaboration with outstanding designers like Antonio Citterio, Jasper Morrison, Hella Jongerius or the brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

 

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A wheel representing the 2016 Vitra Colour & Material Library, at the Jongerius studio (PRESS USE)
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Manfred Diebold, Rolf Fehlbaum, Verner Panton and Josef Stürmlinger S. 216 (Project Vitra)
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Exhibition Frank