Vitra Schaudepot – THE SCHAU MUST GO ON
You would not believe how tired I was after two days running up and down the Vitra Campus along with some of Europe’s most influential interior designer influencers that ever influenced. In spite of my humongous vintage Umbro benchcoat, I was cold, wet and desperate for my second wind to kick in. And boy, did it ever when our group entered the Vitra Schaudepot. I went through the place in total awe and ended up taking some great photos of my favorite chairs. After all, the show – or rather the Schau – must go on! I started all in the way in the back and worked my way through the Schaudepot going back in time.
That’s me with the girls from PRCHTG! Do you dig my huge purple Umbro benchcoat and my ultra slick Silhouette glasses?
Back in Time at the Vitra Schaudepot
The Vitra Schaudepot looks very unassuming from the outside. Once you enter the building, though, it’s totally overwhelming.
Did you know that the biodegradable Living Systems chair by Jerszy Seymour is made from potatoes? I certainly didn’t!
Frank Schreiner for Stiletto Consumer’s Rest Chair – you can read more about this 1983 chair on the Cooper Hewitt website.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s untitled chair for the Price Tower – so nice that a thief with impeccable taste actually stole one from the Price Tower in Oklahoma in 2015!
Jean Prouve’s Garden Chair for the UAM Pavilion – Oucha-ma-goucha!
Spring is almost in the air – and this Southampton chair by Warren McArthur would be perfect for my balcony (he wrote as he dreamed about actually being able to afford it).
Get on up, like a Sitzmaschine! This iconic Josef Hoffmann ‘sitting machine’ armchair can be yours for a measly $54,000!
A steel rocking chair by R.W. Winfield & Co Birmingham that is so rare, it doesn’t even have a name. Fancy that!
How incredibly cool to finally see this rare Carlo Bugatti chair IRL! If you’ve seen Alien Convenant, I’m sure its style will look familiar to you! God, the world is filled with such beautiful things. Sigh.
This 1849 Centripedal Spring Armchair was one of the world’s first office chairs.