Radical Design

04.06.2016 – 13.11.2016

Schaudepot

The first Schaudepot temporary exhibition is dedicated to Radical Design, a design Movement that reached its peak at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s in Italy and is one of the most important avant-garde movements in the history of design. With manifestos, unconventional design vocabulary, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas, exponents of Radical Design were protesting against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture. Thus, they showed that designers and architects must not only be seen as service providers in a commercial context but that they can also actively and critically engage in social and political matters.
Superstudio, for example, with the table Quaderna and Gaetano Pesce with his lounge chair La Mamma provided a critique of consumer society as well as of the social status of women. In collaboration with the company Grufam, designers such as Piero Gilardi, Studio65 and Drocco/Mello used the new materials of polyurethane foam and latex rubber coating in their furniture design and thus achieved a break-through in design freedom, facilitating the influence of pop art in furniture design.  The disappearance of boarders between design and other disciplines are also shown in the works of Alessandro Mendini, who was simultaneously active in various groupings as a publicist, artist, architect and designer.
The critical awareness brought about by Radical Design continues to influence numerous designers and artists today. Many of the current design trends such as Critical Design, Social Design und Participatory Design relate to the concept of Radical Design. Another part of the exhibition shows interviews with contemporary designers, design theorists and producers, who explain the influence and significance of Radical Design in their work or in the design world today.

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Radical Design

Radical Design

04.06.2016 – 13.11.2016

Schaudepot

The first Schaudepot temporary exhibition is dedicated to Radical Design, a design Movement that reached its peak at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s in Italy and is one of the most important avant-garde movements in the history of design. With manifestos, unconventional design vocabulary, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas, exponents of Radical Design were protesting against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture. Thus, they showed that designers and architects must not only be seen as service providers in a commercial context but that they can also actively and critically engage in social and political matters. More

Radical Design

The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

Schaudepot

The Schaudepot was initiated with the goal of making the constantly growing collection of the Vitra Design Museum more accessible to the public. The cornerstone for the collection was laid by the museum’s founder Rolf Fehlbaum. In the 1980s he assembled a collection of furniture, which he transferred to the Vitra Design Museum upon its founding in 1989. Ever since, the collection has been expanded by the museum’s directors Alexander von Vegesack (1989 to 2010) and Mateo Kries and Marc Zehntner (since 2011) together with Rolf Fehlbaum and now numbers among the largest of its kind.
Today the collection of the Vitra Design Museum encompasses a total of around 20 000 objects. The core is formed by the furniture holdings, with some 7000 pieces covering almost all important epochs and protagonists of design from 1800 to the present. A second focal point is the lighting collection, which contains more than 1000 objects by such designers as Gino Sarfatti, Achille Castiglioni, Serge Mouille or Ingo Maurer. Further holdings include electrical appliances, architectural models and textiles as well as objects of everyday use. The museum’s archive comprises about 100 000 units, including several significant estates, such as those of Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. The goal of the collection is to document the past and present of the interior and foster research in a broader context. More

The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight

BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight

10.06.2016 – 09.10.2016

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

The designer duo Desiree Heiss und Ines Kaag have been collaborating on transdisciplinary projects under the Bless label since 1997. Their objects and products mix art and design, fashion and architecture, and business and social practice. For the project »Workout« they will transform the Vitra Design Museum Gallery into an experimental space that actively confronts visitors with their digital works environment. Bless’s creations are a humorous and original take on how keep fit while at work, which may even change our ideas about how we work in the future. More

BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight

Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe

Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe

12.03.2016 – 22.01.2017

Vitra Design Museum

Alexander Girard (1907– 1993) was one of the most important modern textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He worked closely with such designers as Charles Eames and George Nelson and combined Pop Art and Folk Art influences to create a colourfully opulent aesthetic language whose impact continues to be felt today. Girard’s most well-known interiors include the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953, architect: Eero Saarinen), his own home in Santa Fe (from 1953) and the restaurants La Fonda Del Sol (1960) and L’Etoile (1966) in New York. In 1965, Girard conceived the entire corporate design for Braniff International Airways, from plane tickets and other printed matter to the lounges and even the airplanes themselves. Over the course of his life, the American designer with Italian roots collected more than 100,000 folk art objects from all over the world, which he regarded as a source of inspiration for his own work but which also served as the basis for spectacular exhibition installations. The first comprehensive retrospective of Girard’s oeuvre in Europe is able to draw on the Vitra Design Museum’s holdings from his private estate, which are being subjected to scholarly documentation and review for the first time in the context of the exhibition. More

Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe