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: 1945Production: 1946 - 57Manufacturer: Molded Plywood Divisionof the Evans Products Company, Venice,California, for Herman Miller FurnitureCompany, Zeeland, MichiganSize: 68 x 56 x 62; seat height 39 cmsMaterial: molded plywood, rubberFollowing the MoMA’s “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” exhibition, Charles and Ray Eames continued to advance the three-dimensional molding of plywood. In December 1941, an acquaintance of theirs, Dr.Wendel G. Scott, called to their attention the fact that the Navy had no suitable leg splints for injured soldiers. In just over a year, Charles and Ray Eames were able to produce appropriate prototypes, and in November 1942 received the Navy’s first order for 5,000 molded plywood leg splints. Together with former colleagues, they set up a production company and research lab, the Plyformed Wood Company. Further commissions followed from the army, and Charles Eames became head of research in the Molded Plywood Division at the Evans Product Company, which, among other things, developed molded plywood parts for airplanes. He and his staff acquired valuable technological experience which proved useful when they began concentrating on civil projects after the war was over. Their interest continued to focus on the development and production of inexpensive, fashionable furniture while taking into account the general scarcity of raw materials. The plywood technology met two criteria: it ensured frugal use of materials and offered comfort, for the furniture was molded to the human body. The “DCW” (Dining Chair Wood) and the “LCW” were the first items to enjoy high popularity. The “Organic Armchair”, from 1940–1, had already revealed the difficulties involved in forming a complete chair shell with complex curve radii from plywood. The Eameses treated the different functions of the shell independently, so that the convex forms did not have to be as strong. Furthermore, the modular character of the design yielded a number of possible combinations of the seat and backrest, with various foot rests available either in laminated wood or metal. These were initially attached with elastic rubber shock mounts that were firmly welded to the wood using a modified Chrysler process. In the autumn of 1945, Molded Plywood Division produced a number of chairs and armchairs from a wide variety of woods, with fabric, imitation leather, leather, or hide coverings for the seat and backrest; Evans Products organized marketing and distribution. The prototypes were presented to the press in December 1945 at a preview showing at the Barclay Hotel in New York. In February 1946 they were displayed at an Architectural League exhibition and finally, in March 1946, in a solo MoMA exhibition entitled “New Furniture – Designed by Charles Eames” in New York. While Evans Products delayed expanding its furniture branch, the new design director at the Herman Miller Furniture Company, George Nelson, came across the plywood furniture as a result of these publicity activities. The companies worked out a cooperation agreement in which the Molded Plywood Division guaranteed production and Herman Miller took over marketing. Serial production began in mid-1946. The unusually high degree of publicity which Herman Miller Furniture achieved with the Eames Plywood Collection induced the company to acquire the production rights in 1949. At that point, Charles Eames had already been working as a design consultant for Herman Miller for two years. PDDesigner:Charles and Ray Eames