Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Inside the VitraHaus

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One of the highlights of my recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, was crossing the border to visit the Vitra campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, about 25 minutes from Basel, and exploring the VitraHaus. The five-story structure looks like seven longhouses stacked one on top of each other, and it houses the entire Vitra collection. The best part: you're encouraged to take a seat and test out all the pieces.

The VitraHaus was designed by Basel-based firm Herzog & de Meuron and completed in 2010.
Outside the building is a fenced-in Eames Elephant garden with this playful don't-feed-the-animals sign.
The sun-filled inner courtyard leads into the building via the doors at the left of the image and to the Lounge Chair...
Vitra transferred part of the manufacturing process of Charles and Ray Eames's Lounge Chair and Ottoman (designed in...
When you enter the VitraHaus, you receive a "Vitra Key." At the reception desk, you program the credit card-like key...
Much of the VitraHaus is set up in vignettes, like this living room scene that features the Slow Chair and Ottoman by...
The ends of the longhouse structures feature large glass windows and the very top one opens onto a balcony that...
This living room setting is devoted to Isamu Noguchi, with a hit of Eames in the DAR Eames Plastic Armchairs and Eames...
This vignette shows the Communal Cell, a prototype by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec designed in 2010 as an office kitchen...
The area dedicated to designer George Nelson boasts the longest Marshmallow Sofa I've ever seen.
One section of the VitraHaus is dedicated entirely to the Eameses.
On another floor, this tranquil scene features Charles and Ray's lounge chair as well as the couple's Wire Base Side...
Another area of the VitraHaus holds the Classic Chairs Collection.
I loved the "Me + My…" room, which had a number of chairs, couches, and stools set up in front of mirrors so you could...
There was a huge display featuring Antonio Citterio's Suita Sofa, which was released in 2010 and which we nominated as...
Serene settings like this one in the VitraHaus make you want to unpack and move in. This living and dining room...
Here, the Eames' ESU Bookcase is topped with an Eames House Bird and Akari lamp by Noguchi.
After a walk through all five floors of the VitraHaus, the built-in benches offer a nice spot to sit down, rest, and...
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