17.03. – 18.06.2017

It is the most widely used piece of furniture in the world: the white plastic chair. As the quintessential example of a mass consumer product, the Monobloc chair can be found wherever there is a need for cheap seating. The show examines the history and the cultural connotations of a chair that has put its mark upon the world.

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11.02. – 14.05.2017

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.«, the Vitra Design Museum thoroughly examines the current robotics boom for the first time.

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Outdoor installation in the context of the exhibition »Hello, Robot.«

After its premiere at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the »Elytra Filament Pavilion« complements the exhibition »Hello, Robot.« on the Vitra Campus. The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture.

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Do you trust Robots? Our exhibition »Hello, Robot.«, opening on 11 February, discusses this question and many more. Find out what else there is to discover on the campus in spring in our new programme.

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14.01. – 30.04.2017

For this exhibition 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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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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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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Together! The New Architecture of the Collective
Opening: 2 June 2017, 6 pm
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Mon, 27.03.2017
11:00 am
Architekturführung (DE)
Mon, 27.03.2017
11:30 am
Architekturführung (EN)
Mon, 27.03.2017
1:00 pm
Architekturführung (EN)

Coming soon

Wed, 29.03.2017
10:00 Uhr
Curator’s Tour »Hello, Robot.« / WEDNESDAY MATINEE (DE)
Thu, 30.03.2017
18:30 Uhr
Elain Harwood - Space, Hope and Brutalism / TALK (EN)
Sat, 01.04.2017
10:30 Uhr
PappDesign – Furniture out of Cardboard / WORKSHOP (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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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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As part of the research for »Hello, Robot.«, curator Thomas Geisler asked Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne about their take on the relationship between humans and technology.

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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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