Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot17,00 € / 15,00 €*Vitra Design Museum 11,00 € / 9,00 €*Schaudepot8,00 € / 6,00 €*Architecture tour 2h14,00 € / 10,00 €* Guided tours 1h (Exhibition tour, Production tour or Behind the Scenes)7,00 € / 5,00 €**Reduced prices: young people from age 12, students, seniors,disabled persons, groups of more than 10 people, combination of 3 and more tickets/person, children under 12 years of age free
Vitra Design MuseumCharles-Eames-Str. 2D-79576 Weil am RheinT +49.7621.702.3200F +firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily 10 am – 6 pm,24 December 10 am – 2 pm. The museum is open on Sundays and on all public holidays.
17.03. – 09.09.2018Museum
24.02. – 05.08.2018Gallery
02.03. – 03.06.2018Schaudepot
26.10.2017 – 14.04.2018Design Museum GentBelgium
22.12.2017 – 04.03.2018Hangaram Art Museum, SeoulKorea
14.10.2017 – 07.01.2018High Museum of Art, AtlantaUSA
The collection of the Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. 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. On 4 June 2016 the Vitra Schaudepot was opened, created by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, in which the Vitra Design Museum presents key pieces of its collection.
Guided tours through the Vitra Schaudepot:Highlights from the CollectionEvery Friday to Sunday2 pmBehind the Scenes3 pm
Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot17,00 € / 15,00 €*
Vitra Design Museum 11,00 € / 9,00 €*
Schaudepot8,00 € / 6,00 €*
Architekturführung 2h14,00 / 10,00€*
Führungen 1h (Ausstellung, Produktion oder Blick hinter die Kulissen)7,00 € / 5,00 €*
*Ermäßigungen: Jugendliche ab 12, Studenten, Senioren, Menschen mit Behinderung, Gruppen ab 10 Personen, Kombination von 3 und mehr Tickets/Person, Kinder bis 12 frei
Täglich: 10 – 18 Uhr,am 24.12. 10 – 14 Uhr.Das Museum ist an allen Sonn- und Feiertagen geöffnet.
The Vitra Design Museum would be unthinkable without its extensive collection of design objects. They form the basis of many exhibitions, publications and research projects. The focus of the collection lies on industrial furniture design and lighting – in these areas, the unique holdings of the museum are of international importance. They are supplemented by smaller groups of objects, including cutlery, consumer electronics and architectural models. The Collection of the Eames Office as well as estates of prominent designers such as Alexander Girard, Anton Lorenz, George Nelson and Verner Panton are also maintained by the Vitra Design Museum. The expert preservation of the collection is ensured by the museum’s own conservation workshop. An extensive document archive and a library complement the collection, which is constantly expanding. The Vitra Design Museum regularly provides loans to other museums and galleries, including renowned partners as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.Collection Online
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. Collection Online
On 3 June 2016 a new building was opened on the Vitra Campus: the Vitra Schaudepot, designed by the Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Schaudepot provides the Vitra Design Museum with a venue for presenting key objects from its extensive collection to the public, complemented by a new café and a shop. In this context, a second entry point to will be created to the Vitra Campus, enhancing its connections to the cities of Basel and Weil am Rhein.The collection of the Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. It contains some 7000 pieces of furniture, more than thousand lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. Although the main museum building by Frank Gehry from 1989 was originally conceived to house the collection, the museum utilises the space to stage major temporary exhibitions. To date, the museum’s collection has never been on permanent display.The Basel-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron has now created a new structure for the museum in which the collection will be exhibited and communicated to the public. The centrepiece of the Schaudepot is a permanent exhibition of more than 400 key pieces of modern furniture design from 1800 to the present. The objects shown include early bentwood furniture, icons of Classical Modernism by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Gerrit Rietveld, along with colourful plastic objects from the Pop era and recent designs produced with a 3D printer.This presentation will be complemented by smaller temporary exhibitions on themes related to the collection, beginning with a look at the »Radical Design« movement of the 1960s. On the lower ground level, the Schaudepot offers insights into additional focal points of the collection, such as Scandinavian and Italian design, the lighting collection and the Collection of the Eames Office.With the opening of the Schaudepot, the Vitra Design Museum is greatly expanding its exhibition space and its programme. The museum building by Frank Gehry will continue to be used for the large-scale temporary exhibitions and the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will show smaller, experimental projects, while the Schaudepot will display the permanent exhibition as well as one temporary exhibition. All of the museum’s exhibition venues are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The exhibitions are complemented by a diverse programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops and other events. Once in operation, the Schaudepot will be one of the world’s largest permanent exhibitions and research facilities on modern furniture design.
Schaudepot Exhibitions> The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present, Permanent Exhibition> Monobloc – A Chair for the World, 17.03. – 09.07.2017> Schaudepot Lab. Prototypes, Materials and Processes
Schaudepot Guided Tours> Highlights from the Collection> Behind the Scenes
The furniture collection of the Vitra Design Museum encompasses the major eras, themes and protagonists of industrial furniture design. The core holdings comprise approximately 7000 objects, with an emphasis on the following areas:
The collection of lighting in the Vitra Design Museum consists of approximately 1000 objects. It includes many classics of the 20th century, such as the legendary lamp “WG24“ by Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1924) or Richard Sapper’s “Tizio“ lamp (1972), but also rare pieces, prototypes and one-offs. The lighting collection documents the combination of technological innovation with design aesthetics and demonstrates the fascination that many designers have for the psychological and philosophical aspects of light. Collection OnlineFor image enquiries, please contact pictures(at)design-museum.de
For its exhibitions over the past decades, Vitra Design Museum has grown a significant collection of architectural models which have been built in the museum’s own model making workshops. It comprises models of works by architects like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and others. The collection of electronics includes works by Dieter Rams for Braun and other significant design objects of the 20th century. Another special collection is dedicated to cutlery.Collection Online
For image enquiries, please contact pictures(at)design-museum.de
The Vitra Design Museum Library is a research library for design and architecture, specializing in furniture design and its influence on interior architecture from the beginning of the industrial age to the present. In addition, the library includes printed matter related to the applied arts, photography, urban planning, the humanities, and social and applied sciences.
The library’s holdings encompass over 7000 volumes on open-stack shelving and a large inventory of international periodicals from the 1950s up to today, providing primary research material for the preparation of new exhibitions and projects, along with sources for the documentation and contextualisation of objects in the museum collection and its archives.
Information about the contents of the Vitra Design Museum Library, which belongs to the SWB Library Network (Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund), is accessible through an online catalogue.
The non-circulating library is open to the public by prior appointment from 9.00 – 12.00 am and 1.00 – 5.00 pm on weekdays. If you would like to visit the library, please contact email@example.com.
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The estates of prominent designers such as Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Anton Lorenz, George Nelson and others are maintained in the archive of the Vitra Design Museum. The holdings also include company publications, brochures, posters, patent documents and drawings.If you have questions regarding the archive, please contact archive(at)design-museum.de
The preservation and conservation of the objects in the Vitra Design Museum collection and archive is overseen by the museum’s own conservation workshop. A special focus of this work is devoted to the issues and problems posed by the aging of plastic materials. In cooperation with international research institutes, universities and other museums, the Vitra Design Museum conservation workshop is constantly gaining new knowledge in this area. Below you can find some projects from the museum’s conservation department.