Design Circle

Design Circle


The Design Circle is the registered membership association of the Vitra Design Museum. It gives friends and patrons of the museum the opportunity to participate in the work of the Vitra Design Museum, to meet and exchange ideas with others who are interested in design and architecture, and to provide both ideological and financial support for the cultural work of the museum. As a member, you will make a valuable contribution that facilitates many additional projects, such as special exhibitions, expanded educational programmes, events, acquisitions and much more!

Vitra Design Museum Design Circle
Vitra Design Museum Design Circle

Member benefits

Member benefits


As a member of the Design Circle, you can take advantage of a wide range of benefits.

Member benefits:

  • Free admission to the Vitra Design Museum for an entire year 
  • Invitations to exhibition openings and exclusive previews
  • Two annual vouchers for a guided exhibition tour or an architectural tour
  • Exclusive member events
  • One-time welcome gift

Special benefits for Premium Members:

  • Free admission for an accompanying guest to the Vitra Design Museum for a full year
  • 10% discount on Vitra products in the Museum Shop
  • One annual voucher code for the museum’s online shop
  • Invitation for two people to the Vitra Summer Party in conjunction with Art Basel
  • One free catalogue of each current Vitra Design Museum exhibition

  • Further information: Flyer Design Circle pdf
Vitra Design Museum Campus Event

Events

Events


There are special events for the members of the Design Circle. These range from exclusive members events to Vitra Design Museum events, where the Design Circle members receive special rates. 

 

 

An overview of upcoming events will follow soon.

 

 

Vitra Design Museum Campus Event

Past events

Past events

 

Exclusive Tour of Novartis Campus
Tuesday, 23.07.2013, 6 pm, Novartis, Basel

In 2001, pharmaceutical company Novartis decided to modernise and expand its headquarters’ campus in Basel. To realise this project, Vittorio Lampugnani was asked to develop a master plan, to be completed by 2030. Internationally renowned architects have been invited to transform the company’s vision of transparence and innovation into individual architectural structures. Over the last decade, an ensemble of contemporary architecture has been created that reflects changing work requirements in a dynamic business environment. For its members, the Design Circle has arranged for an exclusive tour of the Novartis campus, where public access is usually strictly limited.


My Architect – Nathaniel Kahn / FILM (EN)
Saturday, 23.02.2013, 5 pm, Vitra Design Museum                       

In his 2003 film, Nathaniel Kahn presents a poignant portrait of his father Louis Kahn addressing the power of architecture as well as the lifelong personal pursuits and passions of the great master builder. After the film Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Behr, the film's producer, will answer questions. Free admission for Design Circle members upon presentation of the membership card, registration not required

Curator’s Tour “Louis Kahn – The Power of Architecture“ / PREVIEW
Thursday, 21.02.2013, 7 pm, Vitra Design Museum                       

Members of the Design Circle get the chance to see the exhibition “Louis Kahn – The Power of Architecture“ exclusively as first guests. Jochen Eisenbrand, curator of the exhibition presents the exhibition. We are happy to announce that Louis Kahn’s son and daughters, Sue Ann Kahn, Alexandra Tyng and Nathaniel Kahn, will be attending the Preview. After the tour the guests are invited to the VitraHaus Café.

Members’ assembly including a tour through the Vitra Design Museum’s collection
Wednesday, 14.11.2012, 6 pm, Vitra Design Museum                       

The first Members’ assembly of the Design Circle took place in November 2012. A special highlight was the guided tour through part of the collection of the Vitra Design Museum combined with a visit of the restoration workshop. Neither are open to the public. Due to the positive response further collection tours will follow.

Curator’s Tour “Pop Art Design“ / PREVIEW
Thursday, 11.10.2012, 7 pm, Vitra Design Museum

The first member’s event of the newly founded association was the Preview of the exhibition "Pop Art Design". Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, curator of the exhibition presented the exhibition to the members. Afterwards there was an opportunity at the Vitra HausCafé to get to know the others and discuss the impressions of the exhibition.

 

                       

Vitra Design Museum Campus Event

Becoming a Member

Becoming a Member


You are interested in a membership of Design Circle? Here you find the membership registration form pdf and the charter of bylaws pdf. Please fill out the registration form and send it by e-mail or regular mail to the following address:

Design Circle – Freunde des Vitra Design Museums e.V.
Charles-Eames-Straße 2
D-79576 Weil am Rhein
T +49.7621.702.3200
F +49.7621.702.3590
design-circle(at)design-museum.de


Membership fees:

  • Junior Member (max. age 35): € 60.00
  • Member: € 100.00
  • Family Member (2 adults + all children under 18): € 150.00
  • Premium Member: minimum € 500.00
  • Corporate Member: If you are interested in a corporate membership, please contact us. We would be happy to assemble a membership package that suits your requirements.

Members Recruit Members:

Please recommend us to others! As a sign of our gratitude for recruiting a new member, you will be invited to choose one of our exhibition catalogues as a free gift. For gaining a new Premium Member, you will receive a Wooden Doll designed by Alexander Girard.

Vitra Design Museum Design Circle Logo

Contact

Contact


Design Circle – Freunde des Vitra Design Museums e.V.
Charles-Eames-Straße 2
D-79576 Weil am Rhein
T +49.7621.702.3200
F +49.7621.702.4707
design-circle(at)design-museum.de

Board of Directors
:
Barbara Wilhelm (Deputy Chair)
Prof. Arthur Rüegg (Chair)
Marc Zehntner (Treasurer)