Museum:€ 11.00 / reduced price € 9.00 children Guided architecture tour: € 13.00 / reduced price € 11.00 (app. 2 hours)Combination ticket (museum + guided architecture tour): € 20.00/ reduced price € 18.00Guided exhibition tour: admission + € 7.00
Children under 12 years of age free
Vitra Design MuseumCharles-Eames-Str. 2D-79576 Weil am ReinT +49.7621.702.3200F +firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily 10 am – 6 pmThe museum is open on Sundays and on all public holiday.
12.03.2016 – 29.01.2017Vitra Design Museum
26.02.2016 – 29.05.2016Vitra Design Museum Gallery
21.03.2016 - 31.07.2016,CCCB Barcelona, Spanien
21.06.2016 - 11.09.2016,MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and TechnologyLissabon, Portugal
26.11.2015 - 01.05.2016Grassimuseum Leipzig, Leipzig, Deutschland
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 CollectionFrom 4 June 2016, 4 pm dailyBehind the Scenes22 July, 19 August 20163 pm
Design: 1936Production: since 1937Manufacturer: Gebrüder Thonet AG,Frankenberg on Eder, GermanySize: 113.5/84 x 67 x 90.5/163;seat height 41 cmsMaterial: wood, leather upholsteryWhen Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret first presented their anatomically shaped, adjustable chaise longue at the end of the twenties, Hans Luckhardt designed, first alone and after 1933-4 together with Anton Lorenz, the so-called “movement chairs.” At the time, Lorenz concerned himself especially with medical problems associated with sitting. Around 1935 the first trial models were produced by Thonet. On the basis of these trials, Luckhardt developed numerous examples in a line of chaise longues which Thonet marketed as of 1937 under the name “Siesta Medizinal.” The chair’s true innovation lay in the mechanics of its so-called “steering mechanism,” which synchronously moved the three separate supports for the back and the upper and lower thighs, ensuring adjustment to each movement of the body automatically by a mere shifting of weight, and keeping the chair stably balanced at all times. If the user stretches out, the chair stretches with him, extending into a lightly wavy chaise longue or, in the opposite direction, retracting back into a chair position. It can be fixed in any position by a screw attached to the side. The space available is generously proportioned on anatomically shaped slats; armrests and an adjustable headrest round out the comfort of the chair. Underwater trials, which Lorenz conducted in 1938 at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Industrial Physiology in Dortmund, proved after the fact that the user is in an optimal position for relaxation on the stretched out, slightly wavy surface of the “Siesta Medizinal.” Luckhardt also created his prototype for the first automatically adjustable airplane seat at the same time as the “Siesta Medizinal.” It was tested by Air France in 1938 but, due to the outbreak of the war, did not go into mass production. In addition to numerous other versions and further refinements, e.g., as a folding chair, the construction was also marketed by Thonet as a chair for medical use made of tubular steel with metal springs for cushioning and armrests which could be adjusted upward. In the fifties, the U.S. patent granted to Anton Lorenz for the mechanism of the chair sparked a huge industry which specialized in the production of socalled reclining chairs. MSCDesigner:Hans and Wassili Luckhardt