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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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  • Our Fall Sales have begun - 15% off, October 8 - 22, 2015

    Modern Planet is offering 15% off home furnishings, lighting and area rugs from international greats such as Vitra, Artek, Artemide, Flos and Nanimarquina!

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  • Vitra’s Spring Sale event – 15% off until March 19th

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    Look for signs of spring with the Vitra Semi-Annual Sale, 15 % off until March 19th. Shop on-line with ModernPlanet.com 

    The Vitra Suita Two-Seater Sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio, 2010, takes the classic sofa and gives it a contemporary, lightweight, yet industrial and technical look. The cushions are designed by Alexander Girard, there are six patterns and two color schemes. The Vitra Suita Two-Seater Sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio, 2010, takes the classic sofa and gives it a contemporary, lightweight, yet industrial and technical look. The cushions are designed by Alexander Girard, there are six patterns and two color schemes.

     

    Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Vitra produces furnishings for your living and dining rooms, your home office, the kids (and your inner child), your outdoor spaces and all the accessories that complete the picture.

    The Organic Chair, designed by Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940, is a comfortable small armchair, great for all sitting tasks. It is also available with a high backrest and neck support. Available in 12 curated colors. The Organic Chair, designed by Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, 1940, is a comfortable small armchair, great for all sitting tasks. It is also available with a high backrest and neck support. Available in 12 curated colors.

     

    Vitra products are developed in an intensive design process, bringing together engineering excellence with the creative genius of internationally recognized designers such as Verner Panton, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Jasper Morrison.

    Developing a new chair for Vitra in the wake of a masterpiece like the Eames Lounge Chair was a unique challenge. Antonio Citterio's Grand Repos and Repos Lounge chairs stand in the tradition of the classic lounge chair, but have developed this concept further to reach a new level of look and comfort. Developing a new chair for Vitra in the wake of a masterpiece like the Eames Lounge Chair was a unique challenge. Antonio Citterio's Grand Repos and Repos Lounge chairs stand in the tradition of the classic lounge chair, but have developed this concept further to reach a new level of look and comfort.

     

    Another view of this great Grand Repos Lounger. Available in ten "Cosy" fabric colors, with contrasting over-stitching and also several leather options. Another view of this great Grand Repos Lounger. Available in ten "Cosy" fabric colors, with contrasting over-stitching and also several leather options.

     

    Classic Vitra! Verner Panton's Heart Cone Chair, designed in 1959, is a variant on his 1958 Cone Chair. There is also a Cone Stool to put your feet up on. Classic Vitra! Verner Panton's Heart Cone Chair, designed in 1959, is a variant on his 1958 Cone Chair. There is also a Cone Stool to put your feet up on.

     

    The Eames Elephant, designed by Charles & Ray Eames, in 1945, is a great, fun toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children's bedrooms. This friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears is available in 5 colors. The Eames Elephant, designed by Charles & Ray Eames, in 1945, is a great, fun toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children's bedrooms. This friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears is available in 5 colors.

     

    The Vitra Vegetal Chair, designed by the team of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008, is stackable, suitable for outdoor use and is available in 6 colors. The Vitra Vegetal Chair, designed by the team of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2008, is stackable, suitable for outdoor use and is available in 6 colors.

     

    Initiatives like the Vitra Campus, the Vitra Design Museum workshops, publications, collections and archives are all integral elements of Vitra.

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