Vitra Schaudepot Lab

Vitra Schaudepot Lab


The variety of material in furniture design is almost endless – ranging from a chair made out of papier-mâché to space-tested materials such as carbon fibre or aramid. Wood, metal and plastic are among the most important groups of materials used in a variety of different forms and combinations. The Vitra Schaudepot Lab on the lower ground floor of the Vitra Schaudepot gives an insight into this diversity and the development processes that range from the initial design concept to a finished product. This development often begins in the designer's studio and is based on drawings, models and experiments. However, the respective production methods – whether they be in an industrial or craft context – characterise the form and details of an object. In the extensive Materials Library, visitors can learn about and tangibly experience many different kinds of materials.

Photo: Bettina Matthiessen
Photo: Mark Niedermann

Special presentation »the power of...«

Special presentation »the power of...«

18.01.2020 – 29.03.2020

Climate change is becoming a noticeable focus of attention. Scientists, students and even high-ranking institutions are warning more and more urgently of its effects. Most European states committed themselves to the goal of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. But the path remains unclear – on the part of politicians, on the part of industry and also on the part of consumers.

In the project »the power of... where design meets solar energy«, the students faced the open questions on solar energy. With the methods, facets and possibilities of design, plausible and critical strategies for accessible applications and transformation processes were developed, taking technological possibilities as well as political and social aspects into account.

The special presentation »the power of... where design meets solar energy« including results of this critical exploartion will be on display at the Vitra Schaudepot Lab from 18 January 2020 until 29 March 2020.

Project website »the power of...«

Photo: Bettina Matthiessen
Photo: Bettina Matthiessen