Vitra manufactures furniture by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson since 1957. An enormous assortment of design furniture for the office, at home or public areas emerged out of that fundament along the years of cooperation with progressive designers. Whether the Home Collection, Office Collection or Public Collection – there is something for every room: furniture perfectly adapted to different usage purposes.
The Home Collection includes the most famous furniture pieces by Vitra: the undisputed design classics. Furniture by great designers such as Charler & Ray Eames, Verner Panton or George Nelson are known by design enthusiasts. Many of these furniture pieces are produced by Vitra since their launch many decades ago. The – apparent and qualitative – resistance of these furniture pieces was part of the development of the excellent reputation of Vitra. Some examples are the Panton Chair or the Eames Lounge Chair, they are considered legendary today. Vitra however doesn’t rest on the laurels of its past: Also new designers develop furniture for the Home Collection by the Swiss company: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Alfredo Häberli are only some famous names with which traditional Vitra cares to cooperate with.
Modern and functional office furnishing is clearly focussed in the Vitra Office Collection. The manufacturer uses modern technology in order to create perfect furniture for the office day by day therefore. The “productive office” is the aim of this philosophy: the working space should work for people, instead of people only using it. Of course there are also famous designers responsible for some pieces of this collection: famous is for example Alberto Meda, whose ergonomic office swivel chairs are found all over the world today.
Vitra also produces tailor-made solutions for public rooms. “Net ‘n’ Nest” is the name of the current Vitra philosophy, which is based on scientific cognition. The connection of communicative rooms and relax possibilities is considered a perfect combination for privacy and wellbeing today. The continuous network and the exchange with others is possible (“net”) with this approach, while the demand of privacy room for concentration and regeneration (“Nest”) always remains focussed.
It doesn’t matter what area of these is examined: Already in the beginning of the design process there is an approach, which makes things suit perfectly in the most different areas. Engineers and designers work together in the creation process of a product, in order to keep quality, aesthetics and functionality continuously on the highest level, helping the furniture manufacturer to keep its excellent reputation.
This interdisciplinary approach enables a whole lot more to be part of the Vitra cosmos than only the furniture production: Vitra also stands for a design museum, for a collection of modern furniture and their archives, for workshop and publications about design and for an architecture understanding, which includes constructions by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA in the main headquarter in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany). Accessories, sculptures and objects for children are also produced by Vitra today.
All of these different areas enabled Vitra’s success in the past decades. The success history of the family company however was only possible by the consequent connection of good design and high quality. It doesn’t matter out of which material a Vitra-product is made, one thing is sure: the material and production quality are among the best ones on the market. Sustainability is also a part of it: Vitra finds it self-understanding that production, usage and disposal of a piece of furniture don’t harm since the company’s foundation in 1950. The longevity of the products is the most important premise, which has been embossed by Charles & Ray Eames in that time: Material as well as design are made to last for decades according to the Vitra company.
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