Vitra Marries Artek

On September 6th, Vitra announced the acquisition of the iconic scandinavian brand Artek, founded in 1935 in Finland by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. A match made in heaven, some will say. According to Rolf Fehlbaum, the son of Vitra's founders Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, “the Finnish design company is more than a collection of furniture; like Vitra it is a commercial-cultural project which plays an avant-garde role in its sector. For Vitra it is important that Artek can continue and further develop this role.” Artek will continue as a separate entity, the two companies will especially join their forces for manufacturing, distribution and logistics.

Eames Hang it all: Paint it red

Charles and Ray Eames started designing objects for children in the mid-1940s (Charles had a young daughter from his previous marriage): after plywood animals, building blocks and masks, they came up with the "Hang It All" in 1953. The iconic coat hanger, now a classic household staple, was designed by the Eames to encourage children to hang up their belongings themselves. Trouble is, you cannot admire it anymore when overloaded with clothes... Unless you buy the whole new "Hang It All" series from Vitra -in green, red or white, specially issued for Ray Eames' 100th birthday- and exhibit them as works of art on your walls (let's not discuss budget).

1 Side Table, 2 Bouroullec, 62 designers: La Source

Après les paravents en 2010 ou la chaise de Verner Panton en 2011, c'est au tour de la "Side Table" de Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (avec la généreuse collaboration de son éditeur, Vitra) d'être revue et corrigée par quelque 62 créateurs et designers, dont les oeuvres seront ce soir proposées aux enchères au cours de la traditionnelle et 15e vente de l'association de Gérard Garouste, La Source. Folding screens in 2010, Panton chairs in 2011, and now Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's "Side Table": with the generous help of Vitra, 62 artists, architects and designers remodeled the piece of furniture for the charitable auction to be held tonight, organized by Gérard Garouste's association La Source.

Vitra x Marije Vogelzang x Zaha Hadid: “Eat Love” & Bastard Bread

Du design culinaire sur le campus Vitra : Marije Vogelzang a investi la fameuse caserne de pompiers de Weil am Rhein, signée Zaha Hadid. Secondée d'un boulanger, la designer culinaire néerlandaise a affiché des mots d'amour sur les murs des lieux... à l'aide de quelque 2500 petits pains hybrides, des "pains bâtards", inspirés de trois spécialités allemande, française et suisse. Food design on the Vitra campus: Marije Vogelzang transformed the Zaha Hadid Firestation into a bakery. With the help of 2 500 "bastard breads", inspired by German dark sourdough, French Baguette and Swiss sweet Zopf bread, the Dutch eating designer wrote love sentences on the walls.

Vitra x Vinçon: “Le mobilier des Eames”

Ray Eames aurait eu 100 ans cette année. Pour marquer l'événement, Vitra et le concept store espagnol Vinçon ont conjointement imaginé une exposition peu ordinaire, dédiée au travail de Charles & Ray Eames  - dont la relation avec la société éditrice de design, tout aussi mythique, a débuté dès 1957. Ray Eames would have turned 100 this year. Celebrating the event, Vitra and the Spanish concept store Vinçon teamed up to imagine an off-the-beaten-path exhibition dedicated to the work of Charles & Ray Eames, whose relationship with the equally iconic design company started as soon as 1957.

Bouroullec & Vitra: Corniches

Tiny shelves, big statement: designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's "Corniches" shelves for Vitra give some stylish visual rythm to walls. Toutes petites étagères, gros effet. Les designers Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec ont imaginé les étagères "Corniches" pour Vitra.

La chaise Panton, Vitra et 62 créateurs pour la Source

Après avoir orchestré un défilé de paravents au Palais de Tokyo en 2010, c'est avec la complicité de Vitra que l'artiste Gérard Garouste a confié la mythique chaise éponyme du designer danois Verner Panton à quelque 62 créateurs, de Maarten Baas à Philippe Starck, en passant par Guillaume Delvigne ou Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. Les chaises Panton ainsi revisitées par leurs soins sont mises aux enchères le 12 décembre pour le bénéfice de La Source. On year after the auction held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, artist Gérard Garouste and design manufacturer Vitra have joined forces to offer the iconic Panton chair to some 62 artists. From Maarten Baas to Philippe Starck, Guillaume Delvigne to Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, all of them have customized the white seat (created in 1960 by the famous Danish designer), to be auctioned on December 12th for the benefit of La Source.