Each handmade Vitra miniature is a classic in the history of furniture design reduced in size at a scale of 1:6. True to the original pieces in structure and materials, the miniatures are precision-crafted, making them a thoughtful gift for a furniture lover or design professional. Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet.
Design took a radical turn in the 1980's, deconstructing the rigid ideology of the Bauhaus often with great humor. Avant-garde designers like Philippe Starck and Ron Arad brazenly borrowed from the "historical closet" of previous styles and created biomorphic forms with whimsical names like Arad's Big Easy Red chair, the After Spring Before Summer chaise lounge and the Empty chair. These chairs posed anew the question, "What ought a chair to be?"
Design maverick Ron Arad offered some interesting answers. Arad's early furniture combined materials associated with the high tech style and objets trouve to produce poetic post-industrial "readymades". His later designs in the 1980's such as the Big Easy Series were more refined and often involved costly labor intensive techniques that identified the pieces as "art" furniture, winning Arad international attention and commissions from prominent manufacturers. Read more >