Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

08.06.2018 – 14.10.2018

Schaudepot

From ready-made armchairs constructed from old car seats to innovative carbon fibre furniture: Ron Arad’s works have never adhered to conventional boundaries. The exhibition provides a survey of his oeuvre, featuring spectacular objects from the collection. These include early pieces of metal furniture created at his first studio, such as the Rover Chair and Big Easy, but also newer models resulting from the translation of Arad’s experimental approach into serial production. The exhibition conveys the boundless energy of his works, while simultaneously revealing surprisingly functional details – a combination that distinguishes Arad as one of the most important designers of the past decades.

Opening: 07.06.2018, 6:30 pm

Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Christien Meindertsma: Raw Materials

Christien Meindertsma: Raw Materials

18.08.2018 – 20.01.2019

Gallery

Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma pursues projects that look behind the scenes of modern industrial production, exploring the themes of sustainability, material research, and product life cycles with a poetic eye. In her book »PIG 05049« (2007), she documented how many products are derived from the various parts of a single pig. Her Flax Chair (2015) is a minimalist, yet elegant piece of furniture made of an innovative material based on flax fibres. The exhibition presents Meindertsma’s most important works and new research projects. It shows how designers maintain a critical view of the man-made environment and create novel and surprising everyday objects.

Opening: 17. 08.2018

Christien Meindertsma: Raw Materials

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

29.09.2018 – 10.03.2019

Museum

The designer, author, and design activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998) anticipated an understanding of design as a tool for political change and social good that is more relevant today than ever. His seminal book »Design for the Real World« (1971) became a manifesto of design activism and remains one of the most widely read books on design ever published. The Vitra Design Museum now presents the first Papanek retrospective worldwide. Alongside numerous objects, films, and graphics never before shown in an exhibition, »Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design« also features works by contemporaries like George Nelson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, and the radical design group Global Tools. It examines Papanek’s preoccupation with the socially excluded, his commitment to the interests of areas then called the »Third World«, as well as his attention to ecology, bionics, sustainability, and anti-consumerism. Contemporary works from the fields of critical and social design complement the historical references, showing just how influential Papanek’s legacy has become today.

An exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum in collaboration with the Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Image:
Victor J. Papanek, ‘The minimal design team’, section from Big Character Poster No. 1: Work Chart for Designers, [1969] (1973), © University of Applied Arts Vienna, Victor J. Papanek Foundation

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design