Vitra & Camper have launched a pop-up project lasting three months at the Cupola of the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. The set-up of the exhibition spaces has been assigned to the architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, born in Burkina Faso and trained in Berlin.
The project is a forum in which to tell stories. It presents the Initiative for ethical fashion: a program of the United Nations to promote the activity of artisans in countries like Ghana and Haiti, encouraging collaboration with well-known designers and brands like Camper. The models of this limited edition will be shown inside the Cupola.
The crafting of footwear is illustrated thanks to the presence of a professional shoemaker working live at the site. Works will also be shown from the exhibition Life on Foot now in progress at the London Design Museum. Finally, the project concludes with a selection of footwear from the fall/winter 2015-16 collection by Camper.
The project for the Vitra Campus is the first joint venture between Camper and Vitra. The two companies are linked by a relationship of affinity and have many factors in common. Both have operated for generations as family firms, both rely on innovative, high-quality products that are constantly improved and perfected.
Both possess important collections and archives in their respective fields, and make use of the knowledge contained in this heritage to develop new products. Finally, both are passionate about design and collaborate with the same designers, such as Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Hella Jongerius.