Objection!

Objection!

Protest by Design
26.02.2016 – 29.05.2016

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

When spontaneous student protests erupted in Hong Kong on 28 September 2014 as a reaction to proposed changes in the electoral process, the global media was rife with images not only of the protesters themselves, but also the myriad informal structures and designs they had created. Barricades, shelter and sculptures were constructed from everyday objects, the umbrellas that coined the movement’s name were used for protection from police enforcement. The exhibition presents this act of civil disobedience through the objects that were spawned by the movement, illustrating that design not only shapes and defines products, but can function as an agent of change in politics, communication and social innovation.


Objection!

Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe

Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe

12.03.2016 – 29.01.2017

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.


Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe