Opening Talk with Herzog & de Meuron

The new Schaudepot, built by the architects 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 as well as about collecting and exhibiting design together with Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra, and Mateo Kries, director of the Vitra Design Museum.

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Inside the Vitra Schaudepot by Herzog & de Meuron, the Museum will permanently present its unique collection to the public - with key pieces from 1800 to today. Welcome to the history of furniture design!

A Designer's Universe (12.03.2016 – 22.01.2017)

Alexander Girard (1907–1993) 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. Examples include the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953; architect Eero Saarinen) and the legendary restaurant La Fonda del Sol (1960) in New York.

10.06.2016 – 09.10.2016

The designer duo Desiree Heiss und Ines Kaag have been collaborating on transdisciplinary projects under the Bless label since 1997. Their objects and products mix art and design, fashion and architecture, and business and social practice. For the project »Workout« they will transform the Vitra Design Museum Gallery into an experimental space that actively confronts visitors with their digital works environment.

04.06.2016 – 13.11.2016

The first Schaudepot temporary exhibition is dedicated to Radical Design, a design Movement that reached its peak at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s in Italy and is one of the most important avant-garde movements in the history of design. With manifestos, unconventional design vocabulary, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas, exponents of Radical Design were protesting against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture.

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Thu, 29.09.2016
14:00 Uhr
Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA / ARCHITEKTURFÜHRUNG (EN)
Thu, 29.09.2016
15:00 Uhr
Thu, 29.09.2016
15:00 Uhr
Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA / ARCHITEKTURFÜHRUNG (DE)

Coming soon

Fri, 30.09.2016
15:00 Uhr
Behind the scenes / GUIDED TOUR (DE)
Sat, 01.10.2016
10:30 Uhr
ReDesign – Light and Lamps / WORKSHOP (DE)
Sat, 01.10.2016
15:00 Uhr
BLESS - The new collection in the N°56 Worker’s Delight installation / SPECIAL (DE)

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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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»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


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.


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



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.