Scale miniatures of the most important pieces of furniture in design history: Featuring creations by the icons of modern design such as Eames, Nelson, Breuer; more, the miniature classics from the Vitra Design Museum are exemplary teaching objects with regard to quality and craftsmanship. Ideal academic or skilled trade demonstration pieces, the miniatures also make unique collector's items and gifts. Each Vitra miniature comes in a wooden box with a brochure providing art-historical information on the background to the design, biography of the designer, and the production history of the respective chair.
An instantly recognizable design classic, the Aluminum Chair is part of the iconic Aluminum Group series of furniture designed by Ray & Charles Eames for the Herman Miller company in 1958.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.5 x 4 x 3 "
Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1950, the Antony Chair has been recreated by the Vitra Design Museum in faithful miniature form.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.75 x 3.25 x 4.5 "
Originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 for the house of painter Wassily Kandinsky, a Bauhaus teacher from 1922-1933. The B3 did not take on the name "Wassily" until the sixties when Italian furniture producer Dino Gavina purchased the manufacturing rights. Made with nickel-plated tubular steel and black leather.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 4.75 x 5 x 4.5 "
From 1965, Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair design was a typical symbol of optimistic popular culture in the 60's. A gleaming, polished sphere from the outside, from the inside the Ball Chair is comfortable and protected.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 8.25 x 7.5 x 6.75 "
The Bocca sofa was designed in 1970 by Studio 65 as an homage to Salvador Dali's earlier Mae West sofa of 1936. Stretchy upholstery over polyurethane foam.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.75 x 14 x 5.25 "
The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi was designed in 1954 and crafted using the Eames technique for bending plywood.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 2.75 x 3 x 2.25 "
Inspired by the coconut shell, the Coconut Chair was designed by George Nelson in 1955 and consists of fiberglass shell reinforced with upholstery. Nelson's shapes were strongly stimulated by the art of the 1950's and promoted a new, very casual form of sitting.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.5 x 6.25 x 5.75 "
Designed in 1952 by Harry Bertoia as part of five wire pieces for Hans & Florence Knoll. Part of what became known as the Bertoia Collection for Knoll, the Diamond Chair is a fluid sculptural form made from a molded lattice work of welded steel.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 4.5 x 7.5 x 5.25 "
From the Charles & Ray Eames design from 1951, the DKR or Dining Chair Bikini Rod features the iconic Eiffel tower base.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.25 x 3.25 x 3.75 "
Lathe-turned walnut stools conceived by Charles & Ray Eames to be used as small occasional tables as well as seats. Inspired by an African stool in the living room of the Eames house. This group of solid wood stools is from the Eames development of three lobby interiors for the new Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City. *Scale 1:6 Miniature Model Size: 2.5 x 2.25...
Faithfully recreated as a miniature by the Vitra Design Museum, the Faut. à dossier basculant was created by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret & Charlotte Perriand in 1928.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 3.75 x 3.75 x 4.25 "
Originally intended to be a garden chair, the Garden Egg was designed by Peter Ghyczy while working for synthetics manufacturer Elastogran/Reuter in Lemförde exploring suitable areas of application for then new and promising synthetic materials.This egg shaped object features a flat underside with folding top. When opened, the top forms the backrest, inside soft cushions for comfort. When closed, the weather-proof "shell" ensures the chair can be kept outside year...
Designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, a Prussian master builder, architect & furniture designer known as one of the major exponents of German classicism, the Gartenstuhl from 1820. Made from cast iron.Size: 88 x 133 x 81 mm*Scale 1:6 Miniature Model of the original design.
Named after a street in New York City's Soho district, the Greene Street Chair was designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1985 to address the issue of stability. Pesce wanted to represent the instability of the times, and although the chair has a superfluous amount of legs, they are spindly and give the chair movement rather than solidity.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 6.25 x 3.25 x 3 "- Fiberglass reinforced polyester resin...
A true modern design classic, the Heart Shaped Cone Chair was designed by Verner Panton in 1958. *Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.5 x 4 x 3 "
The Johnson Wax Chair was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 for the Johnson Wax Headquarters and the "Great Workroom."*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.75 x 4 x 3 "
Formed using innovative techniques developed by the designer, Marcel Wanders, the Knotted Chair is based on the traditional craft of macrame. Knitted out of high-tech fibers carbon and aramid, later drenched in epoxy resin and dried into its shape.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 4.5 x 3.5 x 4 "
Created by Charles and Ray Eames as an entry for the "Low Cost Furniture Design" competition held by the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1948, the La Chaise consists of two paper thin fiberglass shells glued to each other, but separated with rubber discs and filled with polystyrene foam. While the open space between the back and the seat is not technically necessary, the Eames' wanted a design...
One of Gaetano Pesce's most alluring pieces, affectionately named 'La Mamma.' This lounge chair is a pop art icon of the late 60's, features stretch fabric with molded polyurethane foam.Designed to imitate a voluptuous yet abstract female figure, while the ball shaped ottoman is attached by a cord to symbolize the shackles that kept women subjugated.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 6 x 7.5 x 9 "
Following Frank Gehry's "Easy Edges" collection of extraordinarily stable yet low-priced corrugated cardboard mass furniture, he created the "Experimental Edges" series of exclusive limited edition exhibition pieces. Although the Little Beaver Chair and Ottoman appear unfinished, they are in reality carefully designed with structures based on countless experiments.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelChair: 5.75 x 5.75 x 5.75 "Ottoman: 3 x 3.25 x 3.75 "
The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman created in 1956 by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller is an icon of modern style and high design.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelChair: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 "Ottoman: 2.75 x 4.25 x 3.5 "
From Ray & Charles Eames, the LCM or Lounge Chair Metal features their signature bent plywood with metal legs faithfully recreated in miniature from Vitra Design Museum.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 4.25 x 3.75 x 4.25 "
One of the earliest "Pop Art" furniture designs, the Marshmallow Sofa was created in 1956 by George Nelson, head of the Design Department for many years at the Herman Miller company. *Scale 1:6 Miniature Model Size: 5.25 x 8.5 x 5.25 "
The Mezzadro Seat designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1957 for Zanotta S.p.A., Italy is an icon of modern design. Tractor seat, composed of steel and beech wood.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.25 x 8.5 x 5.25 "
Designed in 1940 by Eames and Eero Saarinen as a contribution to the New York Museum of Modern Art's "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition. A creation ahead of its time, the Organic Armchair was not manufactured in large quantities until after 1950 when it became possible to create the organically shaped seat shells.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 6 x 5 x 4 "
The first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of plastic, the Panton Chair is sleek, stylish and a technical first. Set of 5 miniature replicas from Vitra Design Museum. *Scale 1:6 Miniature Model Size: 5.5 x 3.25 x 3.5 "
The Plywood Elephant was an early design by Ray & Charles Eames that featured their signature method of bending plywood for furniture. The tight angles and compound curves required a complex fabrication method and ultimately, the Elephant never went into production. The two prototypes were displayed at the New York Museum of Modern Art from 1945-46.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 2.75 x 2.75 x 5 "
Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1948, the Rocking Armchair Rod, or RAR, was originally created in fiberglass-reinforced plastic, then updated to durable, environmentally friendly polypropylene after 30 years of being out of production.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 4.25 x 4.25 x 4.5 "
Features a bent tubular steel frame with foam padding covered in two way stretch fabric. Lacquered pedestal made of form pressed plywood with plastic glides. From Pierre Paulin's 1966 design.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5 x 6.75 x 4.75 "
Extra-high back chairs with vertical wooden struts formed an important part of the furniture used on the interior of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Prairie Houses" - spaces designed which called for a unity of the house's interior, external shape and natural environment.The Robie House 1 chair was designed for the dining room in the Frederick C. Robie House and features Wright's signature extra-high back and feet spread outward to lessen the...
Designed in 1918 by Garrit Rietveld, a radical twentieth-century artist who focused on the concept of a traditional, massive armchair and transformed it into a geometric entity, the Rood Blauwe Stoel. Made of lacquered wood.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.75 x 4.25 x 5.5 "
The firm of Jacob & Josef Kohn introduced the Schaukelsessel No 9 rocking chair model around 1882, a design that was vastly different than anything else on the market. A double loop unites the supporting functions on either side and gives the chair an elegant and weightless appearance. Bent beechwood & cane.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 6.75 x 4.25 x 7.5 "
The Standard Chair was created by Jean Prouvé in 1930 in an inventive move from the tubular steel innovated by the Bauhaus movement to the use of bent pressed and compressed sheet metal that made the chair frame extremely strong while maintaining a lightweight look. *Scale 1:6 Miniature Model Size: 5.25 x 2.75 x 3.25 "
Considered the typical Viennese coffee-house chair, the "No 14" armchair is one of the world's most successful mass-produced products. Using the bent-wood technique developed by Michael Thonet, where solid wood is shaped with steam pressure and formed three-dimensionally using iron molds, the Stuhl No 14 was designed in 1859/60 out of stained & lacquered beechwood & cane.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.25 x 2.75 x 3.5 "
This inventive stacking chair was designed by Ron Arad in 1999 while commissioned to produce a sculpture. The Tom Vac Chair is a popular and versatile design now widely used in restaurants, homes and offices. *Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelChair: 5 x 4.25 x 3.75 "
Created by Eero Saarinen in 1956 for the Knoll company, the Tulip Chair features the smooth modern lines and considered a classic of industrial design. *Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5.25 x 3.25 x 3.5 "
From Ron Arad, 1986 the Well Tempered Chair features a curious juxtaposition of a tempting armchair made of cold, uncompromising metal. A unique modern piece which on one hand invites, but simultaneously repels. Made from 4 die-cut tempered stainless steel sheets, held in tension by wing nuts.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelChair: 5 x 6 x 5.75 "
The full size original Wiggle Side Chair was designed in 1972 by Frank Gehry. Made with corrugate cardboard with fiberboard sides.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 6.2"H x 3.5"W x 4.5"D inchesFrank Gehry is a world renowned Pritzker Prize Winning Artist and respected designer who founded the architectural firm Frank Gehry & Associates in Los Angeles in 1962.He designed the cardboard furniture series Easy Edges between 1969-72 and over the years he...
With more than 500 different chair designs to his credit, Hans J. Wegner is a recognized worldwide and the most prolific Danish designer to date. The Y-Chair was designed in 1960 and now recreated by the Vitra Design Museum.*Scale 1:6 Miniature ModelSize: 5 x 3.25 x 3.75 "
The Zig Zag Stool was designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1934 as en expression of the Dutch Modernist Design Movement "De Stijl," and is now included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.Made of 4 rectangular sections of natural hardwood, intricatedly dovetailed and bonded together, Rietveld originally wanted to create the piece out of one solid piece of material. A statement of modernist seating, the Zig Zag...