Here We Are!

Women in Design 1900 – Today

Be it in furniture design, industrial design, or interior design, women have contributed crucially to the development of modern design, both creatively and commercially. And yet books about the history of design tend to concentrate on their male counter parts. The exhibition »Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today« now seeks to redress the balance by giving women designers the visibility their multi faceted work has long deserved. 

Around eighty women designers are showcased in the exhibition, including well -known pro tagonists of modernism, but also contemporary practitioners and several figures not previously considered within the design canon. 

Today, we take it for granted that women have successful careers in design. While the exhibition shows how far we have come, it also reminds us that we still have some negotiating to do before equal opportunities truly become a reality. This raises a number of fundamental ques tions: What are the decisive factors of success in design? Who defines what »good design« entails? What is authorship, anyway? Beyond addressing the role of women in design, therefore, the exhibition also examines where we stand on design – how design was defined in the past, and how we want to define it today. By opening up new perspectives, »Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today« invites us to reflect on the story we have heard so far, and how we want it to continue.

Supported by Cartier and funded by the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States

600 – 1,200 m² / 6,000 – 12,000 sq ft

Viviane Stappmanns
Nina Steinmüller
Susanne Graner

Exhibition Design
Nathalie Opris 
René Herzogenrath 
Stefani Fricker

Graphic Design
Judith Brugger

Detailed information
Illustrated Concept
Exhibition Film

Exhibition Tour 
23.09.2021 – 06.03.2022, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany  
18.06.2022 – 30.10.2022, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
25.11.2022 – 14.05.2023, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
04.10.2023 – 07.01.2024, Museu del Disseny, Barcelona, Spain
01.03.2024 – 01.09.2024, Furniture Museum Vienna, Austria
16.10.2024 – 09.03.2025, Design Museum Brussels, Belgium

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