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  • Vitra's Miniatures - A Collector's Collection

    Twenty years ago the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, began making miniature replicas of the great milestones in furniture design. Vitra's Miniatures Collection summarizes the history of industrial furniture design – moving from the historic, to the art nouveau movement, to Bauhaus’ radical design, all the way up until the present day – the collection has grown to include more than 65 pieces.

    logo-vitra-miniatures_1 Vitra's Miniature chairs were created as a way of making the Vitra Collection more available to the public – not just through two-dimensional means, but through the tactile pleasure of meticulously handcrafted, three-dimensional models.

    rood_blauwe_stoel The chairs are one sixth of the size of the originals. They are all true to scale and replicate the originals right down to the smallest details in construction, material and color. Here is Vitra's Miniature Rietveld Red Blue Chair, c.1923.

    Here is the original chair shown along side some Piet Mondriaan paintings, c 1917. Here is the full size original Red Blue Chair shown along side some Piet Mondriaan paintings, c.1917.

    Vitra's Miniature Chairs are licensed reproductions that have been produced using the same specifications and materials as the originals. Collecting these (while still not an inexpensive endeavor), affords one the pleasure of owning exact replicas of their favorite pieces at a lower price and much smaller scale.

    Watch the Video showing the production of the Vitra Design Museum miniatures.

    511721_1 The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, a mid-century classic in miniature!

    IMG_1093 The Eames Lounger and Ottoman displayed at the Vitra Design Museum, along side a Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp.

    George Nelson's 1955 Coconut Lounge Chair classic, icon, slice of hard-shelled tropical fruit. Half a century later, it's as wonderful to look at—and sit in—as ever. George Nelson's 1955 Coconut Lounge Chair is classic, iconic, a slice of hard-shelled tropical fruit. Half a century later, it's as wonderful to look at—and sit in—as ever. This is the miniature!

    George Nelson's Coconut Chair, as seen at the Vitra design Museum, George Nelson's Coconut Chair, as seen at the Vitra Design Museum. Full size, with several miniatures to keep it company.

    Many designers collaborate with Vitra to develop the miniatures of their own designs and offer their assistance by supplying information on the objects. In return, Vitra honors the designer’s copyright by paying royalties.

    IMG_1224 Collect them all or gift one to someone special.

    The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of industrial design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. If you are ever near Basel, take a day and visit this amazing museum.

    Beware of fakes and "replicas". Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

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