“The original comes from Vitra’, the international exhibition that conveys the feelings and stories behind iconic Vitra pieces, can be seen at the David Adjaye designed ‘Aïshti by the Sea’ Antelias, Lebanon until 3.10.18.
‘The original comes from Vitra’ asks the question ‘What is an Original?’ Owning an original brings joy – through the aesthetic value of the piece, through its possession, through enjoying in our daily lives and to gift to the next generation. Together with each designer – whom we call the author – the product created through development time, expertise & craftsmanship is undoubtedly ‘original = genuine’, for Vitra, designers, and for us all. Focusing on both the classic and contemporary, this exhibition celebrates iconic pieces through the history, quality, style and elegance of their development.
‘The original comes from Vitra’ is an international traveling exhibition that conveys not only the product, but also the feelings and stories that were put into the product.
A series of ‘storytelling’ narrative booths, each dedicated to a Vitra original, illustrates the piece and its special characteristics – the history, the drawings, sketches, photographs of prototypes, etc.
For example, the Panton chair celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Standard chair by Jean Prouve, the Landy Chair celebrating the 80th anniversary and the iconic Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames.
Each booth holds interesting facts about the design story, such as the Tip Ton chair by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who in 2008 entered a competition to furnish the new Royal Society of Arts Academy in Tipton, England where they discovered a gap in the market for school chairs compatible with 21st-century learning methods.
This led to a collaboration with Vitra on the development of the solid plastic Tip Ton chair with forward-tilt action.
Together with the manufacturer, designers dedicate their time, expertise and craftsmanship to the development and launch of new products. They conceive objects that are more than mere things – this is their special talent. Their aim is to design a product that not only looks great but also creates a unique experience for the user, with sustainability and longevity also integral to the design process. All of these factors enhance the appearance and value of the products as they age. They create the story of the Original.
‘Aïshti by the Sea’ is home to the Vitra installation while in Lebanon. Designed by the British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, the Aïshti Foundation building is both a cultural art foundation and luxury shopping centre. Opened in 2016 this cutting edge destination merges commerce and culture, under a spectacular zigzag metal frame exterior design.
‘The Original Comes from Vitra’ roadshow can be seen at various locations worldwide such as New York, Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, Italy and also currently at the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid on the Vitra Campus
13 September – 3 October 2018 Open daily 10-8pm (Sunday 11-7pm) Free to attend