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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Get To Know Vitra

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People, we’re having a sale on all things Vitra for the next week (through Oct. 18, 2012). In honor of that, let’s take a look at some of Vitra’s iconic products.

Vitra produces George Nelson’s mid-century modern clock designs. This is the Sunburst Clock, but there is a slew of diverse designs to choose from.

These are Panton Chairs, also known as “S Chairs” – designed by Vernor Panton back in the sixties. They come in lots of yummy colors. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on some of these, do it this week while you can save 15%.

In addition to the cutest product shot ever, we have the Eames Elephant. The prototype was designed by Charles and Ray Eames back in 1945, and was rendered in plywood. Vitra actually put it into production over 60 years later, this time in polypropylene.

This is Jasper Morrison’s Cork Stool. There are three different shapes to choose from. I like them because they are so versatile – you can tuck them underneath a console table as extra seating in a tight space, use them to hold a table lamp and cocktails as a side table, or just enjoy them as sculpture.

Sori Yanagi’s designed this Butterfly Stool in 1954. I feel calmer just looking at it.

This is a thick composition of Vitra’s Algue. These are plastic pieces that snap together to form anything from small sculptural wall hangings to thick, vine-like screens.

Finally, take a virtual visit to Vitra’s campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. My favorite building is Vitrahaus and Lounge Chair Atelier by Herzog & de Meuron, which received a ton of buzz when it first went up back in 2010.

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Friday, August 20th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Living Space

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There’s something about this space that’s pleasing, even though I’m not seeing the middle of the room or how the space planning really works. I think it’s just a combo of the fireplace, the shelves, the fact taht I think I see actual ALBUMS, and the red Panton chair:

These photos come from flickr member designcuriosities, who shamelessly added them to our Fresh New Spaces group in the hopes of garnering votes for The Selby contest that’s currently going on with another retailer that’s not design public. About that…we don’t care, it’s great, I’m pissed I didn’t think of it first, and thanks for sharing d.c.! Plus, our competitor does not sell Panton chairs, but we do ;)

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Modernists: It’s Never to Early to Start!

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I was just surfing around poppytalkhandmade and saw this AWESOME Shell Rocker Onesie from mimimouse, and I am DIGGING IT! It ALMOST makes me want to have a baby…

Oh, and look! It’s a tea party complete with Panton chairs!

Images from poppytalkhandmade and mimimouse. To order, click here.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Holy Panton

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Panton and Eames, Kostel sv. Bartolom?je
So, I guess I am a little out of the loop as this may have been passed around in 2007…but today I came across these images of St. Bartholomew’s Church in the Czech Republic designed by Jakub Berdych under the Qubus Studio umbrella (the same group who make the Boot Vase). What a mix of old and new! Rows and rows of Panton chairs punched with a crucifix and the clergy at the front get Eames chairs.

Panton and Eames, Kostel sv. Bartolom?je

I feel converted.
Images from Qubus Studio

I feel converted.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2008

A Panton Party

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While on way home from France last month I leafed through the Air France magazine (which was really pretty impressive for an airline magazine!) and stumbled upon these fantastic images of Panton chairs used in conjunction with The Wapping Project. As far as I can tell (feel free to shed more light if you know more than I do), the team associated with The Wapping Project have essentially converted an old hydraulic power station in London into a restaurant and art installation space. I wish I could “hop the pond” as they say and see the place in person.

Nonetheless, how amazing would it be to have the space to house an incredibly long table with rows and rows of Panton chairs? Ahhh, eye candy.

Vitra New Panton Chairs

And while the adults are eating, the kids could sit on more Panton chairs (near the old energy converters, of course) and watch cartoons.

http://www.designpublic.com/shop/vitra/1179

Photos courtesy of Air France and The Wapping Project

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