Design as Poetry
19.10.2013 – 12.01.2014
Vitra Design Museum Gallery
Shiro Kuramata (1934 – 1991), one of the most important Japanese designers of the twentieth century, combined the traditional aesthetic of his native culture with the western design principles of Postmodernism. His works are made of industrial materials such as expanded metal mesh, glass and acrylic, bear poetic names like »How High the Moon« and »Miss Blanche« and seem to defy gravity. In the early 1980s, Kuramata became a member of the Memphis movement, later referring to its founder Ettore Sottsass as his »maestro«. He also worked closely with the fashion designer Issey Miyake. The exhibition presents selected furniture and objects by Kuramata, complemented by his at times surreal-seeming design sketches and photographs of his interiors.
Designer of the exhibition is David Saik.
28.09.2013 – 16.03.2014
Vitra Design Museum
Since the invention of the incandescent light bulb, the design of artificial lighting has been one of the most fascinating tasks of designers, artists and architects. This is attested by numerous icons of design history, such as the famous Bauhaus lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld. In recent years, there has been a fundamental expansion of lighting applications. With »Lightopia«, the Vitra Design Museum is dedicating the first comprehensive exhibition to this transformational development. The show will feature current works by such artists and designers as Olafur Eliasson, Rogier van der Heide and mischer’traxler, which demonstrate the new applications of light while also emphasising its archaic, emotional power. Contemporary objects are juxtaposed with classic designs from the museum’s lighting collection. More