Workshops

Workshops


In conjunction with our alternating exhibitions, the Vitra Design Museum offers a variety of workshops for school-age children and youth, university students and other interested visitors. The programme ranges from children’s workshops to activities for school classes to enjoyable recreational workshops for groups. All of the workshops are oriented towards the respective target audience and based on sound didactic methods, providing insights into the design process as well as the associated requirements of imagination, rational thinking and manual dexterity. The aim is to increase the awareness of our everyday culture among participants and to inspire creative engagement with their own designed environment.

Workshop picture in front of the Museum
Vitra Design Museum Workshops

Workshops for Adults

Workshops for Adults


The Vitra Design Museum offers design workshops oriented to individual participants and families as well as groups and companies. In the course of the workshops, select themes are addressed and objects are created that participants can take home afterwards. Workshop attendees become acquainted with the design process from the idea and sketch up to the finished product. Other associated topics are the challenges of individual imagination, basic knowledge of statics and construction and the manual skills necessary to create a usable object. In addition to the general workshops, we offer special workshops in conjunction with the current exhibitions. As a group or company, you can book a workshop for a date of your choice and adapt the programme to your individual needs. The price includes admission to the current exhibitions at the Vitra Design Museum, the use of tools and materials under professional supervision as well as refreshments with snacks and beverages.

Vitra Design Museum Workshops for Adults
Vitra Design Museum Workshops for Adults

Offers for Schools

Offers for Schools


Our education programme for children and youth encompasses workshops on design and architecture conceived especially for our young guests. In the design workshops, a practical approach is taken to provide insights into the design process and the associated challenges of rational thinking, imagination and manual dexterity. In the architecture workshops, the buildings on the Vitra Campus offer an opportunity to introduce basic architectural terms and analyse various types of spaces. A very special programme is “Let’s talk about chairs”, which targets the teaching and practice of specific vocabulary terms with a French or German native speaker and thus provides a valuable supplement to in-school foreign language instruction.
The conference pavilion by Tadao Ando will be undergoing renovations during the Christmas/New Year’s period and will hence be closed for eight weeks. Works will start on Monday 17 November 2014, tours and workshops of the pavilion will recommence from Monday, 12 January 2015. We thank you for your understanding.

Workshops picture School class in frot of the Museum
Vitra Design Museum Workshop for Schools

Offers for Children

Offers for Children


Children tend to study things closely and make use of their natural creativity and inventiveness. We draw on these propensities and take a playful approach to exploring, comparing and assessing various shapes, materials and colours. Design and architecture themes are considered from a child-oriented perspective. The junior participants are given an opportunity to exercise their imagination, develop manual skills and learn the fundamentals of construction and statics. Each and every one of us must take it upon ourselves to improve and enhance our designed environment. The design and architecture workshops provide an ideal forum for conveying this self-assured sense of personal accountability.

Vitra Design Museum Children Wokrshop
Vitra Design Museum Children Wokrshops

Christmas workshop for all ages

Himmeli Workshop


In line with theme of the current exhibition »Alvar Aalto – Second Nature«, the »Nordic Spirit«will be taking overthe Vitra Campus during the festive season. As part of the programme, all visitors are invited to create their own Christmas decorations in workshops run by the Vitra Design Museum on 30 November and 7 December.

At Christmas time, Scandinavians create complex geometrical sculptures made of straw. The so-called »Himmelis« are carefully assembled and suspended. A »Himmeli«- which means »sky« in Swedish – is traditionally handcrafted and used as decoration from late autumn to spring.

The art of making a »Himmeli« can be learned in one of two workshops -Visitors can take their creations home or let them become part of the installation in the Dome at the Vitra Campus

The VitraHaus will be decorated with naturally-adorned Christmas trees, Scandinavian gift ideas will be offered at the shop and Finnish specialties will be available at the Airstream Kiosk.

Himmeli Workshop in the Dome at the Vitra Campus
30 November & 7 December 2014, 12am-4pm
No registration required, free admission
Installation accessible from 10am-6pm


 

 

Workshops in Boisbuchet

Workshops in Boisbuchet


During the summer months the Vitra Design Museum offers a series of interdisciplinary workshops in collaboration with the Centre International de Recherche et d’Education Culturelle et Agricole (C.I.R.E.C.A.). Participants from all over the world live and work for one week with renowned designers, architects and artists at the Domaine de Boisbuchet (16500 Lessac), an idyllic country estate in the Southwest of France. The focuse is on the practical and creative work, in the evenings a versatile accompanying programme is offered with lectures, discussions and general leisure activities. Workshops this summer are led by (among others) Richard Rogers, Sou Foujimoto, Max Lamb, Jaime Hayon, Luis Urculo, Pedrita, Big Game, Maria Blaisse and the colombian bamboo architect Simon Velez.

Castel Boisbuchet
Workshop in Boisbuchet