The Vitra Campus has gained a new attraction: the more than 30-metre-high Vitra Slide Tower – an artwork, observation platform and slide tower in one – was inaugurated in mid-June. In 1984, Vitra founder Willi Fehlbaum received a sculpture from his children for his 70th birthday called “Balancing Tools” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. 30 years later, the Vitra Slide Tower by German installation artist Carsten Höller marks the expansion of the production site in Weil am Rhein. It is located at the equally new Álvaro-Siza-Promenade, which connects the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron with Zaha Hadid’s legendary Fire Station.
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Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1951, Vitra’s new outdoors version of the classic Eames DKR Wire chair is ideally suited for outdoors, due to its new powder coated finish. In addition the Bistro Table designed in 2009 by Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec in a solid core laminate version completes the set for the garden environment.
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Walter Knoll creates living spaces. With masterly craftsmanship, exquisite materials and sustainable design. Furniture from Walter Knoll fulfils the desire for quality of life and creates genuine values. For the international lifestyle of today. Walter Knoll is known as the furniture brand of the modern age. Founded in 1865 with a “leather shop” in Stuttgart, Germany, the company continues to make its mark in the history of furniture: it has created classic pieces and icons of the avant-garde and is a by-word throughout the world for modern design.
A collection of exquisite Walter Knoll pieces are available to view now in our showroom.
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Ever since its launch in 2005, the Little Friend table has found itself a home with design conscious customers around the world, as the perfect partner for anything from a laptop to a café latte.
Fritz Hansen have now introduced the table top in veneer – in addition to the variety of laminate colours. Now available in either oak or walnut veneer, customers can place this portable table from room to room and from home to office, as a minimalistic solution to modern living and working.
Also re-introduced in it’s original wooden leg design is the Grand Prix chair. Designed by Arne Jacobsen and originally known as the Model 3130, the chair was renamed after it won the Grand Prix at the XI. Triennale di Milano in 1957. The Grand Prix was produced with wooden legs however, these were later replaced by the metal undercarriage used on the 3107s.
Thanks to new production methods the Grand Prix Chair is now available in the original design in 9 colours and 2 veneer finishes. Despite the affordable price, the chair remains exclusive and will blend elegantly into a wide variety of settings as a great example of furniture design that is able to influence and elevate an entire room by its mere presence and beauty.
‘The story of Hopsak is about creating something new not only by interweaving two different colours, but also by linking design history with today’s sensibility and by uniting the industrial world of the office with the softness of the home.’ (Hella Jongerius)
Hopsak fabric has been exclusively manufactured for Vitra since 1971. The expressive flat-weave material made of durable polyamide was originally offered in a palette developed by Alexander Girard for the Eames and Nelson collections. Over the years, Hopsak has been regularly updated and refined to meet changing technical requirements and colour preferences and is the reigning classic in the current portfolio of Vitra fabrics.
In collaboration with Hella Jongerius, Vitra has now completely revised the palette of Hopsak shades and expanded the selection to a total of 28 colours. The new palette of colours adds an inviting touch to the Eames Aluminium Group and other Vitra classics and opens up the fabric to new uses and contemporary designs.
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