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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.


Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Around the Web: Modern House Notes


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Oh, and speaking of Modern Lincoln Logs, check out the new Vitra Museum building by Herzog & de Meuron. First we had a bunch of Jenga architecture, and now everywhere I look I see Lincoln Logs.

I spied this over at Modern House Notes, and they spied it over at Architecture Lab:


Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Green Tip & Product of the Week


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So, what lazy green thing have I been up to this week? I signed up to follow AltUse on facebook. That way, when they tell me some wacky way to reuse something or a new way to use something simple and organic and it’s not crazy, it will stick in my head and I’ll waste less. It doesn’t really get much lazier than simply following something on Facebook, does it? I never claimed I was a go-getter.

Also, I really loved this article over at Styleture about Sustainable Interior Design. Check it out here.

Now, for the sustainable product of the week….drumroll please…

I LOVE the Vitra Cork Stools. I love that there are three shapes, though I kinda wish there were four, just to even things out. The top one reminds me of fungi, and the bottom two remind me of chess pieces. I think it would be really cute to have two pairs of them around a kids table, since they are only 13″ high. This is also good coffee table height, and end table height if they are next to a low modern sofa or daybed. I have to say, the pricetag forces me to think of these more like functional art in the form of sculpture, but when I pick my favorite products, I have no budget constraints holding me back.

So what makes these eco-friendly? Cork. Cork is a natural product harvested from trees in the Mediterranean basin of Spain and Portugal. While many people think cork is a new technology, it has actually been used for thousands of years. Unlike hardwood, the useful part of a cork tree is the bark, not the lumber of the tree itself. Cork is only retrieved from mature cork trees and is limited to being harvested in 9 year cycles so that the same tree can harvested for generations making it an environmentally friendly resource


Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Vitra Eames Elephants


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Not too long ago, in a land not too far away, the DP staff sat around and talked about the Eames Elephants.

We love them.

We love them so much we could spend (actually, have spent) hours watching this video by eamesdemetrios:

Hats off to Vitra for going into production with the elephants! Although we love the plywood originals, the new plastic version from Vitra will do just fine.


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.

Photos courtesy of Air France and The Wapping Project


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