12 February 2019
The Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein is a complex for contemporary design and architecture. The Campus unites commercial, cultural and research aspects. The Campus was founded by the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. Over the years, many buildings have been added to the Campus by renowned architects, expanding the production site into an organisation for research, education, design and architecture. The Vitra Design Museum was founded in 1989. Initially intended to display the company’s furniture collection, the museum first organised smaller exhibitions, soon followed by major exhibitions, including retrospectives on Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Luis Barragán and Czech Cubism. In parallel, the museum initiated a system of its own product lines to finance the programme of cultural activities.
At the same time, the museum’s collection was continuously expanded and an independent publishing house was established. The Vitra Schaudepot presents around 400 objects and is one of the largest permanent collections and research organisations in the field of furniture design in the world. The museum library and archive are available to researchers on request. The Vitra Hause displays the complete Vitra Home Collection. The production facilities can also be visited. (Source and further information: https://www.design-museum.de).