Posts tagged as 'Vitra'

Fri 27.6.

Vitra Slide Tower by Carsten Höller for Vitra (CH)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 27.06.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Vitra Slide Tower by Carsten Höller

Vitra Slide Tower by Carsten Höller, photo: Julien Lanoo / Attilio Maranzano

Swiss design brand Vitra has opened a 30-metre high slide, the Vitra Slide Tower by German object and installation artist Carsten Höller, at their sprawling Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein in Germany.

 

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'Alcove Plume' sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

‘Alcove Plume’ sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have added ‘Alcove Plume’, a low-slung sofa with an emphasis on casual comfort, to Vitra’s Alcove product family.

 

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Fri 6.9.

Vitra acquires Artek: a new partnership built on affinity

Posted by Walter Phillips on 06.09.2013 - Tagged as: ,

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Internationally renowned Swiss design brand Vitra has acquired the Finnish company Artek. Itself a renowned design company founded in 1935 in Finland by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl, Artek was built upon the radical business plan to “sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.”

 

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Thu 4.7.

‘Prima’ installation by Zaha Hadid for Swarovski (AT)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 04.07.2013 - Tagged as: , ,

'Prima' installation by Zaha Hadid for Swarovski

‘Prima’ installation by Zaha Hadid for Swarovski

Crystal brand Swarovski has commissioned architect Zaha Hadid to create a celebratory installation to mark the completion 20 years ago of her first major built project, the Fire Station at Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, Germany.

 

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Fri 14.6.

‘Diogene’ cabin by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra (CH)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 14.06.2013 - Tagged as:

'Diogene' cabin by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra

‘Diogene’ cabin by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra

On a hill between the VitraHaus and the Dome on the Vitra Campus in Birsfelden, Switzerland, Italian architect Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) have set up ‘Diogene’, which to date is Vitra’s smallest building ― and largest product.

 

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100 % Design 2012, as seen by Architonic

Everyone loves a comeback. And they seldom come any bigger in design terms than 100% Design, which, this year, under new management made a very clear statement of intent – to put the creativity and excitement back into this London Design Festival regular through a more considered, almost curated kind of approach to mounting a design trade show. More, please.

 

Architonic’s photo tour of 100% Design, London Design Festival 2012

'Corniches' shelving system by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Inspired by an idea of ‘impromptu storage area,’ France’s famous design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have realised this versatile, customisable shelving system for the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. Available in three different sizes and in either high-gloss black, white or Japanese red, ‘Corniches’ ‘are neither regular shelves nor simple horizontal surfaces, but rather individual, isolated protrusions’ which can serve many purposes within practically any environment. The design was launched earlier this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan. (more…)

the fibreglass 'Formula chair' by Eero Aarnio for ADELTA, 1998

In the visual arts the term ‘plastic’ is used for any form of creation involving a medium that can be sculpted or moulded, but it is also the term for a type of material that revolutionised the twentieth century. The name of no other material describes so clearly the inherent property which makes plastic so unique – the ease with which it can be shaped.

 

Using a number of plastic chairs as an example Architonic outlines the metamorphosis of this item of furniture which more than any other is deeply involved in cultural history, charting how its design idiom and technology have changed in recent decades. (by Susanne Fritz)

 

read Susanne Fritz’s article on Architonic