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
18.11.2016 – 12.03.2017Schaudepot
14.01. – 16.04.2017Gallery
07.01. – 02.04.2017OCMA Orange County Museum of Art, Newport BeachUSA
05.11.2016 – 31.01.2017San Diego Museum of ArtUSA
25.11.2016 – 02.04.2017 Hong Kong Design InstituteChina
24.11.2016 – 05.03.2017 MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de MonterreyMexico
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 Scenes13.01.2017 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: 1933 - 4Production: since 1935Manufacturer: Makers of Simple Furniture,Ltd., LondonSize: 74 x 60.5 x 91.5; seat height 32 cmsMaterial: bent plywoodIn the history of industrial design there have always been attempts to shape everyday objects in only one piece of semifinished industrial material like rods, tubing, wire, or sheets. There is hardly a design that better illustrates the ideal unity of material, production and form, however, than this armchair by Gerald Summers. His admirably simple construction dispenses with connectors and almost with off-cuts, using one single sheet of plywood. Following a simple pattern, Summers separated the back legs from the back and armrests and bent the segments thus created in different directions. The result was an organically shaped armchair, comfortable even without cushions, involving low material and labor inputs. Possibly the chair was conceived for use in the tropics. With its smooth surface and lack of metal connectors, it is hygienic and deteriorates only gradually. Its unusual shape probably stems from Alvar Aalto’s furniture, especially the spectacular “Paimio” chair, which was shown in London in 1933. In his own company, Makers of Simple Furniture, Ltd., founded in 1929, Summers produced only 120 units of the chair. Despite the constructive advantages, the production costs of the chair and thus the sales price were higher than the designs of the popular Scandinavian. It was certainly also a disadvantage that the back legs could not withstand great stress and snapped easily. MSCDesigner:Gerald Summers