Why visit Weil am Rhein? …. Vitra
Weil am Rhein is a located in Germany but boards onto both Switzerland and France and is about 20 minute drive from Basel, Switzerland.
As an architecture groupie you may be wondering why I would feature such a small and obscure town. Well Weil am Rhein is home to the Vitra Campus which is a mecca for any modern architectural enthusiast.
Vitra is a furniture company founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum. Specializing in the production and retail of furniture originally designed by many internationally celebrated designers. Priding themselves on creating beautiful well-design and well-made furniture. Although Vitra is company famous for reproducing furniture designed by many well named architects they have also gained a reputation for commissioning celebrated architects to manufacture, house and exhibit their products.
In 1981 a large fire destroyed most of Vitra Campus who were forced to rebuild and continue to expand. Nicholas Grimshaw was the first to begin the rebuild and Herzog and de Mueron has been the most recent project, completed in 2010, currently a new Factory Building by Kazuyo Sejima / SANAA is scheduled for completion in 2012. The Vitra Campus is a collection of contemporary capital ‘A’ architecture.
The Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry is an exhibition of the design and architecture of Vitra.
Visit architecturegroupie.com/weil-am-rhein for a directory of the Vitra contemporary architecture.
When visiting the Vitra Campus be sure to take a guided architectural tour of the campus as well as a guided tour of the exhibition.
For the tour schedule visit www.vitra.com/en-us/campus/visit .
In addition the new workshop at the center of the Lounge Chair Atelier holds live demonstrations of the production of the famous Lounge Chair by Ray and Charles Eames check out this video demonstration
Vitra Miniatures Collection
Besides the modern designed life-size furniture, Vitra also manufactures The Miniatures Collection which is collection of 80 small-scale furniture pieces. The pieces are considered to be the most influential in design from 1850 to the present day. Model builders measure the historical original in the museum collection and then scale it down to one sixth of the original size, compile technical documentation and replicated each with impressive precision. The Vitra Miniatures Collection include The Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe, the Tulip Chair by Saarinen, the Barrel Chair by Frank Lloyd Wright and of course a series of furniture pieces by Ray and Charles Eames to name a few.
Here is the full Vitra Miniatures Collection
These miniatures can be delivered directly to your home at Vitra Miniatures at Amazon or click the image below to order.
If you have been to the Vitra Campus – share your experience with us.
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