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
Alvar Aalto – Second Nature
09.03. – 01.07.2018Cité de l’Architecture, Paris France
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec – Reveries Urbaines
26.02. – 01.06.2018Archizoom, LausanneSwitzerland
Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design
03.02. – 06.05.2018Albuquerque Museum, AlbuquerqueUSA
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.
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 – be it in European gardens, African cafés or Asian restaurants. The exhibition »Monobloc – A Chair for the World«, 17 March to 9 July 2017, tells the story of this ubiquitous and little researched everyday item. Based on 20 objects, the show examines the history and the cultural connotations of a chair that has put its mark upon the world. »Monobloc« is the third temporary exhibition in the Schaudepot, built in 2016 and designed by Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron.The idea of the so-called Monobloc chair is based on an old vision shared by many designers: to make a chair out of a single piece of material. Experiments with this idea date back to the 1920s – early attempts involved pressing sheet metal or bending laminated wood. Beginning in the 1950s, new plastics technology made it possible to fabricate chairs by moulding or pressing the material into the desired shape in a single production step. The moniker Monobloc is derived from this simple production method and the plain appearance of the resulting furniture pieces. The first mass-produced models include the Panton Chair (1958-68), conceived by Danish designer Verner Panton, the Bofinger Chair (1964-68) by German architect Helmut Bätzner, and the chair Selene (1961-68), a creation by Italian designer Vico Magistretti.
In 1972, the French engineer Henry Massonnet took these predecessors as a starting point for the design of his so-called Fauteuil 300, which is regarded as the archetype of the inexpensive plastic chair. By improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process, Massonnet was able to reduce the duration of the entire production cycle to less than two minutes. From the 1980s onward, more and more companies brought similar models onto the market.As it has spread around the world, the Monobloc chair has come to represent the ambivalence of today’s consumer society. The plastic chair is the epitome of an affordable – and thus democratic – piece of furniture. At the same time, it does not meet sustainability criteria and exemplifies the global mass consumption of uniform products. Many contemporary designers have created new interpretations of the Monobloc that address these issues. Prominent examples are the Café Chair (2006) by Fernando and Humberto Campana, Respect Cheap Furniture (2009) by Martí Guixé, and Martino Gamper’s Monothrone (2017), which was created especially for this exhibition.The exhibition is supplemented by extensive background information and images of the Monobloc in many different contexts – from garden parties to political crisis zones. The show gives insight into the technical development of the Monobloc and its specific cultural connotations. The same chair that is associated with disposable mass merchandise in some countries is considered a valuable object in others – and repaired rather than thrown away. The plastic chair stands for a pluralistic approach to design history beyond the classic canon. Precisely due to its multifaceted nature, the plastic chair symbolises the complexity of material culture in our time.Opening Talk (DE) | 16 March 2017 | 6 pmJens Thiel – Monobloc: Short Anatomy of a Universal ChairSchaudepotCurator's Tour (DE) | 19 April 2017 | 10 amCurator Heng Zhi will guide through the exhibition.7,00 € per person
ReDesigning the Monobloc! | Workshop | 10 June 2017 | 10:30 amSchaudepot