News
03. August 2017

Welcome to our new Vitra Design Museum Online Shop! Experience all your favourite products in a new design, created by the renowned Boros agency. Classics, souvenirs, books and contemporary design are now even easier to find, while numerous new categories, search functions and background details make even just browsing through the site a real pleasure. And the best thing about it: with each purchase you directly support the cultural activities of the Vitra Design Museum. Happy shopping!

Schaudepot
16. June 2016

Vitra Design Museum opens Schaudepotalign

On 3 June 2016, a new building will open on the Vitra Campus: the Vitra Schaudepot, designed by the Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Schaudepot provides the Vitra Design Museum with a venue for presenting key objects from its extensive collection to the public, complemented by a new café and a shop. In this context, a second entry point will be created to the Vitra Campus, enhancing its connections to the cities of Basel and Weil am Rhein.

Alexander Girard A Designer's Universe
15. June 2016

Alexander Girard A Designer's Universe
12 March 2016 – 22 January 2017
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Alexander Girard (1907 – 1993) was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. His playful designs attest to a passion for colours, ornamentation and international folk art, with which he shaped the aesthetic of American design in the postwar era and anticipated the globalization of design by decades. In March 2016, the Vitra Design Museum will open the first major retrospective on Alexander Girard. The exhibition presents his oeuvre with a never before shown multitude of textiles, furnishings, models, small objects, interiors, personal documents, and drawings. At the same time, it sheds light on Girard’s inspirations and the contemporaries who influenced his creative universe – from his extensive collection of folk art to his collaborations with Charles & Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen. The exhibition also features Girard’s private estate, which is held by the Vitra Design Museum. Exhibition catalogue

The Lucky, Plucky Chairs
12. December 2015

When a set of eight classic old No. 14 Thonet chairs are threatened with certain doom, their ingenuity saves the day! Together they discover not only a way to escape but a world of the most wonderful and imaginative chairs from around the globe. The Thonets discover, too, that they have a talent for the stage! This charming tale by Rolf Fehlbaum, with delightful illustrations by Maria Kalman, is accompanied by a brief and informative glossary of twenty-two of the most innovative chairs created in 150 years. Buy it here.

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign
26. September 2015

The publication »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« disproves this cliché and takes a new, up-to-date look at the design of the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus was one of the 20th century’s most influential cultural movements, yet at the same time it is regarded as the epitome of the Modernist design cliché: geometric, industrial, minimalistic. The publication »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« disproves this cliché and takes a new, up-to-date look at the design of the Bauhaus. The book offers the very first comprehensive overview of the extended concept of design which was initiated at the Bauhaus showing the great interest of Bauhaus designers in social interconnections, experiments and processes. Buy it here.

New Products: Classic Trays by Alexander Girard
03. August 2015

Alexander Girard brought a sensuous playfulness to twentieth-century design that had been absent from the austere aesthetic of classic modernism. The Classic Trays, which are made of laminated plywood, come in assorted motifs created by Girard for various purposes and selected by Vitra in cooperation with the Girard family. Find your favorite one!

 

»Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design«
24. February 2015

The printing of our new exhibition catalogue  »Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design« is in full swing.  The catalogue is available here from the beginning of April. Read more.

Neue Ausstellung in der Vitra Design Museum Gallery
20. February 2015

The exhibition »Architecture of Independence – African Modernism«  in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery is one of the first presentations of this remarkable period of more recent architectural history. This exhibition was researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, with a substantial contribution by photographer Iwan Baan. The exhibition documents more than 80 buildings in five countries; Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal. Read more

 

Happy Birthday Alvar Aalto!
03. February 2015

Alvar Aalto, born February 3,1898, would have turned 117 years old today. He is the best known Finnish architect of his generation and a chief proponent of a human-centred modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933) or Villa Mairea (1939) embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. Aalto’s Paimio Chair (1931–1932) and his Stool 60 (1933) were milestones in the development of modern furniture, and his emblematic Savoy Vase (1936) has become the symbol of Finnish Design. With »Alvar Aalto – Second Nature«, the Vitra Design Museum is now presenting a major retrospective exhibition on this legendary architect and reveals many new aspects of his oeuvre. Find the exhibition catalogue here.

Shipping Information
01. December 2014

We record your online orders also during the public holidays. Please be aware that orders placed after 19 December 2014 will only be shipped after 8 January 2015.  

New pillows and blankets
14. November 2014

Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the postwar era. His passion for colours, patterns and textures found expression in the field of textile design, which was a focal part of his oeuvre. Girard paired motifs from folk art sources with abstract patterns. Many of his figures and patterns exude a cheery playfulness, and thanks to their vivid colours, even his simplest graphic motifs possess a high degree of differentiation. Find his pillows and blankets here.

 

New payement options
03. November 2014

New payment options for purchases online: Via PayPal and in advance! Of course payment by credit card is still possible. Enjoy your Christmas shopping!

 

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