No piece of furniture has ever captured the imagination of designers, architects and artists as much as the chair. Its structure is a copy of the human body and it also has hands, legs, feet and back. It has a central role in the history of design – as an object of experimentation, an engine of innovation, as an icon. The chair has evolved from an everyday object into an artistic event.
Vitra Design Museum presents 100 miniatures of classical chairs in 1: 6 scale. The installation includes panels with photographs, original sketches and chronological tables.
Vitra Design Museum has been traditionally producing miniatures of chairs that since 1992 and they have become coveted collector’s items. Some of them – like the chair by Le Corbusier or the red-blue chair of Gerit Ritveld are now as famous as the greatest works of art.
The exhibits speak volumes about the social, cultural and economic development at the time they were created. Michael Thonet’s chair from 1860, for example, is one of the first successful attempts at producing an item of economic, structural and aesthetic value. In terms of the industrial aesthetic of the 1920s steel pipes are very characteristic. The B3 Chair of Marcel Breuer from 1925 was the first tubular furniture, and shortly thereafter Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used the same material to create his sled chair. Another highlight of the exhibition is the furniture from the 50s and 60s, when synthetic materials were very popular. After them we see a return to historical styles, ecological methods and individual expressions that define the look of contemporary design now.
Sofia Art Gallery
1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday: day off