Last month, Leanne had the great opportunity to visit the Vitra Campus, for a training trip.....it went as follows.
Visiting the Vitra Design Campus is a pilgrimage for any design aficionado. To go there was a dream come true for me. I was stunned with the scale and diversity of the Vitra Campus. Situated in the town of Weil am Rhein, the Vitra Campus corners three European countries: Germany, Switzerland, and France. Weil am Rhein would not be on any design map, if it was not for Vitra.
The Vitra Campus is, in fact, much more than just the visitor center in the Vitra Haus. The Campus consists of production halls, exhibition areas, restaurants, archives, parks and more. It is in a class of its own, and it is unique. With buildings by Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza and products designed by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Jean Prouvé, Jasper Morrison etc, it truly is a special place.
This is the stuff of Design and architecture fans dreams. Whether you stroll through the showrooms and the design shop in the Vitra Haus or visit an exhibition in the Fire Station designed by Zaha Hadid; the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry or you peek at the seemingly endless number of iconic design chairs in the Vitra Schaudepot – you will be left in awe.
The Vitra Campus features one of the last original Jean Prouvé gas stations from 1953. Moreover, an old villa called Hager Villa, showcases a fully equipped home with Vitra & Artek furniture and accessories. Usually closed to the public, I had the unique opportunity to visit this space and hang for a while.
Visiting the Vitra Campus is truly a highlight for any design fan. I enjoyed the training trip and look forward to helping our client's with Vitra products.