The Vitra Design Museum Collection is one of the most important design
collections in the world. It totals around 20,000 items, including 7,000 pieces of furniture, over
1,000 lighting objects
and archives and estates from designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Verner
Panton and Alexander Girard.
In summer 2016, the museum opened a building by
architects Herzog & de Meuron to permanently present this collection: the
Vitra Schaudepot. The centerpiece of the Schaudepot is a permanent exhibition
of more than 400 key objects of modern furniture design from 1800 to the
present. This presentation is complemented by smaller temporary exhibitions on
themes related to the collection, a material library and an extensive digital
catalogue. The Schaudepot constitutes the largest permanent exhibition on
modern furniture design and at the same time a »transparent design museum«, making visible the
work of the museum in all its facets.
This publication sheds light on different
aspects of the Schaudepot. The iconic building is illustrated in large-scale
photographs and drawings. The presentation of the collection in the interior is
likewise shown using insightful imagery, augmented by a chronological overview
of the exhibited objects. Short essays embed the objects within the context of
design history and bring to light the curatorial decision-making behind the
presented objects. The book is an attractive field guide through the history of
furniture design and act as a portal to understand the Vitra Design Museum’s
unique collection – at the same time being the publication on one of the latest
buildings by star architects Herzog & de Meuron.
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