27.09.2014 – 01.03.2015
Vitra Design Museum
The architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was one of the most important proponents of organic design in the twentieth century. His architecture continues to captivate with its natural materials and sculptural, curved forms. For the Paimio Sanatorium, Aalto designed the first wooden cantilevered chair in 1932 while his Savoy Vase (1936) remains a quintessential symbol of Finnish design. The exhibition provides comprehensive insights into Aalto’s oeuvre, presenting his most significant buildings, furniture and lighting designs and exploring the inspirations that shaped his work. Key themes are Aalto’s dialogue with important artists such as Hans Arp, Alexander Calder and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, his extensive international collaborations and activities, his investigations of rational architecture as well as his constant concern for the human factor in design. More
24.10.2014 – 08.02.2015
Vitra Design Museum Gallery
The exhibition »Source Material« presents objects and keepsakes that have had a pivotal effect on the work of 65 creative minds from the fields of architecture, art, cuisine, design, fashion, film, and music. Found within the contributors’ everyday working or living environments, these objects represent stepping stones for the creative mind. »Source Material« is an exploration of how the creative process is informed by the legacy of material culture, but also an affirmation of the potential of an object to reflect and nurture the human spirit. On display are objects by Thomas Demand, Naoto Fukasawa, Inga Sempé, David Chipperfield and many others. The exhibition is organised by Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and Marco Velardi.