14.01. – 16.04.2017

For the exhibition »The Brutalist Playground« the architectural collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill have used archival material from the Royal Institute of British Architects to recreate now demolished »Brutalist« playgrounds in hybrid architectural installations and walk-through sculptures for adults and children.

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18.11.2016 – 12.03.2017

Dieter Rams’s designs for Braun are legendary, while his ideas about design are more topical than ever. The Schaudepot exhibition shows Rams’s furniture and electrical appliances, supplemented by an interview in which Rams explains his designs and his design philosophy.

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08.10.2016 – 22.01.2017

Following their exhibition »Album«, internationally renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec return to the Vitra Campus. »Rêveries Urbaines« presents concepts for urban development, and is a wide-ranging study of possible development solutions for cities that may be imagined in very different urban settings.

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Opening Talk with Herzog & de Meuron

The Schaudepot, built by Herzog & de Meuron, is a permanent and publically accessible home for a large part of the Vitra Design Museum’s furniture collection. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron talked about the new building and about collecting and exhibiting design together with Rolf Fehlbaum and Mateo Kries.

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12.03.2016 – 22.01.2017

Alexander Girard was one of the most influential textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He created worlds of colourful opulence in which everything was precisely and artfully coordinated, from the smallest details to the big picture.

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The Rehberger-Weg links two countries, two municipalities, two cultural institutions – and countless stories. The path runs between Weil am Rhein and Riehen, between the Fondation Beyeler and the Vitra Campus. Guided by 24 waymarkers created by the artist Tobias Rehberger, walkers can explore a diverse landscape.

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Opening: 10.02.2017, 6 pm

Whether in the form of delivery drones, smart sensors, or Industry 4.0 — in recent years, robotics has found its way into our everyday lives. In the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum will thoroughly examine the current robotics boom for the first time.

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More than 400 objects and 200 years of design history: In our Online Collection you will find information about selected objects from the collection, explanatory text and image materials, biographies of designers as well as texts on the history of furniture manufacturers.

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Sun, 22.01.2017
1:30 pm
Architekturführung (DE)
Sun, 22.01.2017
3:00 pm
Architekturführung (DE)
Sun, 22.01.2017
2:30 pm
The World of Alexander Girard / GUIDED TOUR FOR CHILDREN (DE)

Coming soon

Wed, 25.01.2017
10:00 Uhr
»Dieter Rams – Modular World« / WEDNESDAY MATINEE (DE)
Thu, 26.01.2017
18:30 Uhr
Martin Heller – Show and Tell / TALK (DE)
Thu, 26.01.2017
18:30 Uhr
Martin Heller – Zeigen und Sehen / TALK (DE)

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Special guided tour

Catch a glimpse behind the scenes of museum work and find out what lies behind the exhibitions of the Vitra Design Museum in this hour-long tour. Join a curator, restorer or director as they show you their place of work as well as the conservation workshop.

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Exhibition Tour

Discover the world of Alexander Girard (1907 – 1993), one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. His playful designs attest to a passion for colours, ornamentation and international folk art, with which he shaped the aesthetic of American design in the postwar era and anticipated the globalization of design by decades.

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Architecture Tours

»Since the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart in 1927, there has not been a gathering in a single place of a group of buildings designed by the most distinguished architects in the Western world.« Philip Johnson, architectural critic

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Discover the unique collection of the Vitra Design Museum! It contains some 7000 pieces of furniture, a vast assemblage of lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard.

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The Rehberger-Weg, which is around five kilometers long, links two countries, two municipalities, two cultural institutions – and countless stories. The path runs between Weil am Rhein and Riehen, between the Fondation Beyeler and the Vitra Campus. Guided by «24 Stops», 24 waymarkers created by the artist Tobias Rehberger, walkers can explore a uniquely diverse natural and cultural landscape.

NEW: shuttle service between the Vitra Campus and the Fondation Beyeler

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I have no favourite material; anything can be used to create beauty if handled well.

Alexander Girard

Many Designers like collecting objects to create their own visual library.

Raw Edges

A problem of the modernity is that it will solve and it will make easier. I think it’s not about solving, but about developing a culture of being. And then the problems will also shift.

Jurgen Bey

I want to understand how design is connected to life.

Konstantin Grcic

Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.

Alvar Aalto

Design is the appropriate combination of materials in order to solve a problem.

Charles Eames

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The architects of the new Schaudepot, Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron, spoke to director Mateo Kries and Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra.

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The products and installations created by the design studio Raw Edges are characterised by their playful use of colours and patterns. Raw Edges have made a name for themselves through their work for companies such as Kvadrat, Moroso and Louis Vuitton. They also set in scene »Alexander Girard« for the Vitra Design Museum. Shay Alkalay, one of the partners at Raw Edges alongside Yael Mer, spoke to chief curator Jochen Eisenbrand about the actuality of Girard's work.

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The Online Collection includes detailed information about selected objects from the collection and will be expanded continuously in the coming years. Here you won’t just find extensive details about each object, but also explanatory text and image materials, biographies of the most important designers as well as texts on the history of significant furniture manufacturers.

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