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If you were tasked with arranging a collection of classic modern design furniture into a space intended to showcase industrial design, what pieces would you choose? Mateo Kries, who currently holds the position of the Vitra Design Museum Director was tasked with this Herulean task. Kries is responsible for curating the first ever show at the Schaudepot, Vitra’s museum, research, and exhibition space which it recently opened on the Design Museum campus and which we discussed in a previous blog.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Schaudepot is designed to not only showcase amazing pieces but also to tell the stories behind these objects. Instead of elaborately designed displays, the Schaudepot has minimal curatorial arrangement. Kries and his team had to evaluate over 6,500 different pieces and narrow them down to just 430 designed to spotlight the evolution of design. Among the criteria used to determine which pieces made the final selection, the material used was an important factor.

The final selection at the Schaudepot has been intentionally arranged so that visitors feel like they’re touring a warehouse, emphasizing shifts in style and evolving technology. The Charles and Ray Eames Experimental Plywood Armchair Shell is one of the several pieces Kries specifically mentioned as being one of his favorites.

You’ll need to book a flight to Weil am Rhein, Germany to check out the Schaudepot but if you’re a modern design furniture fan, it’s certainly worth the trip.

To read more about what other pieces were chosen, check out the article on Curbed: http://www.curbed.com/2016/7/25/12279900/vitra-furniture-museum-rarities-eames.

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Jesse Brody
Jesse Brody

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