Alvar Aalto – Second Nature

Alvar Aalto – Second Nature

27/09/2014 – 01/03/2015

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is the best known Finnish architect of his generation and a chief proponent of a human-centred modernism. The Vitra Design Museum is now opening a major retrospective exhibition on Aaltos work, which presents his oeuvre from a contemporary perspective and explores his dialogue with artists such as Jean Arp, Fernand Léger and others. Read more

Source Material

Source Material

A project by Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and Marco Velardi

Our material world is made up of a succession of layers; generation by generation, work by work, each new layer is informed by and created in dialogue with existing objects. The exhibition »Source Material« at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery examines the material foundation from which creative work is made today. It presents the objects, keepsakes, and references that have had a pivotal effect on the work of around 60 minds from the fields of architecture, art, cuisine, design, fashion, film, and music.Among the contributors are Thomas Demand, Konstantin Grcic, Inga Sempé, Naoto Fukasawa, Richard Sapper and many more. Read more

Building New Scandinavia

Building New Scandinavia

Lecture by Claesson, Koivisto and Rune
27 November 2014, 6 pm, Vitra Design Museum

Founded in 1995, the architecture trio Claesson Koivisto Rune is regarded as one of the most important representatives of new Scandinavian architecture and design. Their most important buildings include the Sfera Building in Kyoto, Japan (2003) as well as the Örsta Gallery in Kumla, Sweden (2010). The company also creates lighting, furniture, wallpaper and accessories for such producers as Cappellini and Iittala. During the talk, the architects will explain their work and explore the question of whether a Scandinavian aesthetic in architecture and design still exists today. The event will be held in English. Free admission

»Aalto’s buildings are viewing machines.«

»Aalto’s buildings are viewing machines.«

Interview with Armin Linke

The buildings by Alvar Aalto testify to a profound engagement with their surroundings and the relationship between nature and architecture. Especially for the exhibition, the artist Armin Linke was commissioned to photograph and film over a dozen of Aalto’s buildings. Curator Jochen Eisenbrand spoke with Linke about his personal perspective on Aalto and the connections between interior and exterior. Read the interview

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Miniatures Collection and much more

The Miniatures Collection presents the most important classics in modern furniture history »en miniature«. Construction, materials and colours correspond perfectly with the historical originals from the Vitra Design Museum. This faithfulness to the details makes the miniatures worldwide unique. Find more in our Online Shop

Hello Future!

Hello Future!

Thoughts and reports on the future of the Design Museum

In its 25 years of existence, the Vitra Design Museum has become one of the world's most respected institutions when it comes to identifying, exploring and presenting the most important people, themes and issues in design. However, we are also looking ahead. In this changing world, what will the Design Museum of the future look like? More thoughts and ideas are documented here.

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