Vitra has partnered with the Design Museum, London to supply some of its most iconic designer furniture and shopfitting solutions for the museum’s new home in Kensington. Opening to the public today (24 November 2016), the museum relocates to the former Commonwealth Institute building which has been transformed by John Pawson and his design team.
Vitra has enjoyed its long-standing relationship with the Design Museum for over two decades, and it comes as no surprise to see these two global brands – both synonymous with design, creativity and innovation – collaborate once again, on an even more significant level.
Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, which brings together its engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. Its ultimate goal is to create interiors, furniture, accessories and stores that are functional, inspiring and long lasting – as demonstrated by many Vitra design classics which have been in production since the 1950s.
For the new Design Museum, Pawson’s team have carefully selected furniture pieces from Vitra and Artek to celebrate not only the best of design, but also the building’s Grade II listed 1960s architecture. The museum is fully furnished with both contemporary and classic furniture by world- class designers – from the Mariposa sofa (Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, 2014) and Hal chair (Jasper Morrison, 2010/2014), to the Joyn table (Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, 2002), Click table (Alberto Meda, 2006), Fauteuil de Salon (Jean Prouvé, 1939), Panton chair (Verner Panton, 1999) and LCW chair (Charles & Ray Eames, 1945/1946).
This exciting project also features a range of Artek’s classics by the Finnish modernist master Ilmari Tapiovaara, including the Domus chair (1946) and Kiki sofa (1960). Distributed in the UK by Vitra, Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art.
The Vitra furniture populates all public and back office areas, including the galleries, members room, auditorium, design studio, library, Designers in Residence studio, staff offices and operations areas, café, and the Prescott & Conran restaurant, Parabola, designed by Universal Design Studio.
Vitra was also appointed to realise the conceptual design developed by Pawson for both the High Street and Main Atrium shops, where its dedicated shopfitting division has created bespoke retail equipment for the perimeter wall units, mid-floor plinths, gondolas and cash desks.
Vitra’s participation in this iconic project further reinforces its status as the global market leader and its ongoing dedication to improving the quality of homes, offices, public and retail spaces through the power of design.
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