The Vitra Schaudepot, a new building by Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, will open on the Vitra Campus on 3 June 2016. The Schaudepot, part of the Vitra Design Museum, will be home to key objects from the museum’s extensive collection, complemented by a new café and shop.
The Vitra Design Museum collection, which has never been on permanent display, ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. It contains around 7000 pieces of furniture, a vast array of lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of 20th Century designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard.
With the Schaudepot, architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron has created a new structure in which the museum collection will be exhibited and presented to the public. The centrepiece will be a permanent exhibition of more than 400 key pieces of modern furniture design from 1800 to the present day, drawn from the Collection. The objects shown will include early bentwood furniture, icons of Classical Modernism by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Gerrit Rietveld, along with colourful plastic objects from the Pop era and recent designs produced with a 3D printer.
This presentation will be complemented by smaller temporary exhibitions on themes related to the collection, starting with a look at the “Radical Design” movement of the 1960s. On the lower ground level, the Schaudepot offers insights into additional focal points of the collection, including Scandinavian and Italian design, the lighting collection and the estate of Charles and Ray Eames.
Once completed, the Schaudepot will be one of the world’s largest permanent exhibitions and research facilities on modern furniture design.
Opening on 3 June 2016
Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein
10am to 6pm daily