Talks


Dieter Landenberger – The Myth of the Bulli
TALK (DE) | 7 February 2019
6:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot
The arrival of the Volkswagen Transporter, known as the »Bulli«, in 1950 marked the beginning of a new era in Wolfsburg. A workhorse of Germany’s economic miracle, this pop-cultural icon was colourfully painted and converted to a camper, making the models T1 and T2 into true cult objects among alternative cultures. Dieter Landenberger ,director of Volkswagen Heritage, discusses the history of the Transporter and explains how it became a symbol of our desires and wanderlust.
Free admission

Wolf Tegethoff: Tubular Steel Furniture – A Global Success Story
OPENING TALK (DE) | 21 February 2019
6:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot


Entrepreneur and designer Anton Lorenz played a significant role in the breakthrough of modern tubular steel furniture in the 1920s and 1930s. Thanks to him, famous furniture designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, or Le Corbusier became successful mass-produced articles. Wolf Tegethoff, former director of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, talks about Lorenz and another keyfigure of the era: Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus. An exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the avantgarde to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus.
Free admission

Curator Tour »Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design«
Wednesday matinee (DE) | 6 March 2019
10 am, Vitra Design Museum

Can design be socially minded? Can it be a tool for political and social transformation? Co-Curator Amelie Klein takes us on a tour of the exhibition, introduces Papanek's work, and examines contemporary design projects to show how design can effect change.
€ 10.00 per person

Anab Jain – Superflux
TALK (EN) | 7 March 2019
6:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot
Superflux, founded by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern, is a design studio working in London (GB) and Ahmedabad (IN). In its experimental work, Superflux analyses design’s impacts and combines real designs with »Design Fiction« – narrative and speculative elements offering a glimpse into our future daily lives. Artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent materials, and renewable materials are just some of Superflux’s themes. In her talk, Anab Jain discusses the political power inherent to this approach to design.
Free admission

Alice Rawsthorn – Design as an Attitude
TALK (EN) | 14 March 2019
6:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot
While the world and life itself are becoming ever more complex, design as a means of influencing society is garnering increasing attention. In »Design as an Attitude«, author and design critic Alice Rawsthorn talks about how design can help us to navigate today’s tumultuous changes. Rawsthorn describes an eclectic and empowering vision of design that really can make a difference.
Free admission