Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot17,00 € / 15,00 €*Vitra Design Museum 11,00 € / 9,00 €*Schaudepot8,00 € / 6,00 €*Guided tours 1h (Architecture tour Vitra Campus or Exhibition tour) 7,00 € / 5,00 €**Reduced prices: young people from age 12, students, seniors,disabled persons, groups of more than 10 people, combination of 3 and more tickets/person, children under 12 years of age free
Vitra Design MuseumCharles-Eames-Str. 2D-79576 Weil am RheinT +49.7621.702.3200F +email@example.com
Daily 10 am – 6 pm,24 December 10 am – 2 pm. The museum is open on Sundays and on all public holiday.
12.03.2016 – 22.01.2017Vitra Design Museum
08.10.2016 – 22.01.2017Fire Station
04.06.2016 – 13.11.2016Schaudepot
01.10.2016 – 17.01.2017Kunsthal RotterdamNetherlands
12.10.2016 – 05.11.2016Designxport, HamburgGermany
14.10.2016 – 07.01.2017Tel Aviv Museum of ArtIsrael
The collection of the Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. It contains some 7000 pieces of furniture, a vast assemblage of lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. On 4 June 2016 opens the Vitra Schaudepot, created by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, in which the Vitra Design Museum presents key pieces of its collection.
Guided tours through the Vitra Schaudepot:Highlights from the CollectionEvery Friday to Sunday 2 pmBehind the Scenes25.11.2016 & 13.01.2017 3 pm
Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot17,00 € / 15,00 €*Vitra Design Museum or Schaudepot11,00 € / 9,00 €*Guided tours 1h (Architecture or Exhibition tour) 7,00 € / 5,00 €**Reduced prices: young people from age 12, students, seniors, disabled persons, groups of more than 10 people, combination of 3 and more tickets/person, children under 12 years of age free
Daily 10 am – 6 pm,24 December 10 am – 2 pm.The museum is open on Sundays and on all public holiday.
Design: 1947Production: 1948-93Manufacturer: Knoll Associates, Inc.,New YorkSize: 89 x 100 x 90; seat height 43 cmsMaterial: fabric-covered and fiberglassreinforced latex padding, tubular steel base
Eero Saarinen’s “Womb Chair” was the result of collaboration with Charles Eames and their joint attempt to mold laminated wood threedimensionally. These experiments led to the two winning the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition held by the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1940. Eero Saarinen’s contact with Florence (Schuster) Knoll, who had studied together with him, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, and Don Albinson under Eero’s father, Eliel Saarinen at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, helped him develop the first chair with a plastic shell produced in large quantities. According to Florence Knoll, Saarinen sought to design a comfortable chair, which would allow several sitting positions rather than one rigid one, and incorporated a number of loose cushions. During the search for an appropriate carpenter for building the model, they discovered a shipbuilder in New Jersey named Winter who worked with fiberglass. Since this material has no structure of its own, it was more suitable than laminated wood for shaping even complicated curves and molds. Winter, however, did not believe this technology could be applied to furniture. But developing the plastic shell itself was less difficult than connecting it to the base. Numerous attempts were necessary to ensure permanent connection while retaining the flexibility of the shell. The latex-foam padding and loose seat and back cushions provided the desired comfort. Because of its overall popularity – the consumer liked feeling safe and sound as if in their mother’s womb – the chair was a commercial success. Saarinen set new standards from both a technological and a formal standpoint with this model and was granted a patent for the “Womb Chair.” PDDesigner: Eero Saarinen