Workshops


Red-Blue Chair Let's Build an Icon
Saturday, 1, 15 August and 24 October 2020
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot


The Dutch artist Gerrit Rietveld created several designs that were meant to be easy for anyone to recreate. To this end, he produced instruction manuals for constructing pieces of furniture and prefabricated houses. He took simple wooden elements and designed a system for slotting them together to form the basis of his elegant, clean-cut furniture. Starting with an introduction, the workshop will focus on trying out this concept on Rietveld’s best-known design, the Red-Blue Chair. Each participant will build a 1:1 wooden model to take home and paint as they please.

Weil Chair – A Design for Everyone
Saturday, 8 and 29 August 2020
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot


»Hartz-IV-Furniture,« designed by the Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel, is supposed to be accessible and affordable for every-one: the construction manual can be downloaded online so that people can build their own designer furniture directly at home. Van Bo Le-Mentzel has designed a completely new chair for Vitra De-sign Museum called the »Weil Chair.« Workshop participants con-struct this chair based on an assembly kit, but are encouraged to give it a personal touch as well.

ReDesign – Light and Lamps
Saturday, 22 August 2020
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot


Light is all around us, fascinating artists since the dawn of time. Designers such as the Brazilian duo Fernando and Humberto Campana create impressive light sculptures and lamps by creatively transforming everyday objects and recycled materials. After considering the phenomenon of light, participants will use various recycled materials - such as plastic bottles, scraps of fabric and leather, electronic parts, strips of wood, and packaging - to design and create their very own light objects.

KnotDesign – Textile Interior | Special Workshop
Saturday, 26 September 2020
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot


As the current exhibition »Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors« at the Vitra Design Museum shows, interior design and textile design have always been closely linked. Contemporary designers and artists such as Freddie Robins and Ernesto Neto are rediscovering old craft techniques and interpreting them in a modern way. In this workshop, participants learn traditional knotting techniques and then design hanging chairs or wall hangings from various textile materials.

Print! Experimenting with Screen Printing
Saturday, 17 October, 2020
10:30 am - 5:30  pm, Vitra Schaudepot

Alexander Girard was one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers, working on textiles and interior design. He bequeathed his estate to the Vitra Design Museum, including countless designs for textiles, wallpaper, posters, and other decorations for the home. The workshop will begin with a short introduction to Girard’s work, before participants delve into creating their own print designs and using Thermofax screen printing to produce postcards, posters, cushion covers, fabric bags, and other home textiles.

Please note, all workshops are offered in German.

More information and reservations at info@design-museum.de or
T +49.7621.702.3200

Safety and hygiene measures still apply on Vitra Campus, find all information here.

Workshop, photo: Bettina Matthiessen