About Vitra

Vitra is a furniture company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, the home and for public spaces.

Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in Switzerland by applying a diligent design process that brings together the company’s engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. It is our goal to create products with a high

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Material Tendencies: Werner Aisslinger

Anita Hackethal

22.08.2016

The experimental use of new materials distinguishes the work of Werner Aisslinger, a designer who likes to dive into different territories and who transforms his discoveries into a new context within the field of design.

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Material Tendencies: Jasper Morrison

Anita Hackethal

25.04.2016

Fresh back from Milan Design Week, with pockets full of news and valuable insights, we start off with this exclusive interview with Jasper Morrison. Continuing our series of articles on Material Tendencies, we spoke to the British designer who has

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Material Tendencies: Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

Anita Hackethal

22.02.2016

Established in 1996, British design duo Barber & Osgerby have worked across a variety of disciplines, including industrial design, interiors, architecture and site-specific installations.

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The Only Way is Up: Downtown Design Dubai 2013

Simon Keane-Cowell

12.11.2013

The first-ever design show in the Middle East to unite on a single platform some of the best global design brands with award-winning design from the region, Dubai's new Downtown Design fair, like the soaring Burj Khalifa, has its sights set high.

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Non Plus Ultra: the Interior Innovation Award 2013's ...

Simon Keane-Cowell

27.02.2013

The biggest, the fastest, the smartest. When it comes to marketing-speak, there's nothing like a superlative to liven things up. Best of Best – the annual exhibition held at imm cologne of the category winners from the Interior Innovation Award

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Same but Different: classic design and the design of change

Simon Keane-Cowell

12.12.2012

Everything changes, so they say. But should it? What about decades-old, often iconic designs? Should they be preserved, as it were, their contemporary production remaining ‘true’ in every respect to the ‘original’? Or ought manufacturers be

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The In-Betweeners: the rise of a new office-furniture ...

Simon Keane-Cowell

19.11.2012

In the grand, teleological narrative of design, things are developed to make our lives increasingly better. New forms, materials and technological innovations are introduced, self-justifying, attended by a clarity of function and value. But what

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Plastic - the mouldable material of modern chairs

Susanne Fritz

17.02.2012

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. Using a number of plastic chairs as

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Talking Milan 2011

Architonic

18.05.2011

If it's April, it must be Milan – the largest international design fair, which annually attracts over 300,000 professional and public visitors from around the globe. Some describe it as inspirational. Others as a logistical nightmare. Here's what

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