Vitra’s new museum is now home to some of the most iconic furniture and design pieces in the world

JUL 21, 2016 | By Nupur Ashok Sarvaiya
Design-wise striking and intended for furniture lovers is the latest marvel in German town, Weil am Rhein – the Vitra Schaudepot.
Opened on the Vitra new museum Campus and hidden below a 1960s sawtooth factory building, the Schaudepot is a colossal 54,000 sq ft space in a 37 sq ft high basement area. Designed by Basel based architects Herzog & de Meuron, it is a permanent and publically accessible home for a large part of Vitra Design Museum’s extensive furniture collection.
The collection of the Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. It contains some 7,000 pieces of furniture, more than thousand lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard.
The centrepiece of the Schaudepot is the permanent exhibit of more than 400 iconic pieces, owned by the Vitra Design Museum and dating from 1800 to the present, which is stacked three layers high on modular wood and metal racks. The objects shown include early bentwood furniture, icons of Classical Modernism by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Gerrit Rietveld, along with colourful plastic objects from the Pop era and recent designs produced with a 3D printer. We suggest you inspire your next design focused trip to the Schaudepot.
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