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Audrey Simon
Audrey Simon • 3 min read
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For autumn/winter 2020, Vitra launches a range of design objects, accessories and textiles
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Designer pieces from Vitra Accessories Collection to add that artistic edge to your home

Swiss company Vitra began in 1957 as a company that outfits offices. Vitra later earned the rights to produce the very iconic Herman Miller Collection, in particular the chairs designed by industrial designers; husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames.

For autumn/winter 2020, Vitra launches a wide range of design objects, accessories and textiles that are based on classic patterns and objects conceived by designers such as Jean Prouvé, Alexander Girard and George Nelson. The collection also includes its accessories portfolio with design objects from Charles & Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Alexander Girard as well as Bouroullec.

In addition to these classics, it also includes pieces by contemporary designers. Authenticity, joy and playfulness are hallmarks of the Vitra Accessories Collection.

Eames Elephant — Plywood, grey, Charles & Ray Eames (1945)

Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. However, this piece never went into production. One prototype was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946 and still survives in the Eames family archives today. This year, the Eames Elephant turns 75 years’ old. To commemorate this anniversary, Vitra is launching a special series in grey-stained wood — bringing the intricately produced collector’s item even closer to its living counterparts.

Cork Bowls, Jasper Morrison (2020)

Turned from pure cork, the Cork Bowls have a characteristic surface pattern and are velvety to the touch. They are available in two sizes and can be used as a shallow bowl or tray. Cork is a renewable raw material that is consistent with Vitra’s commitment to sustainability.

Vase Découpage, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (2020)

The Vases Découpage each consists of a cast cylindrical vessel combined with a set of abstract slabs and bars made of clay, which can be attached to or placed inside the vase. All of the elements have a distinctly handcrafted appearance and exist in a variety of colours. Together, they create poetic compositions that look different from every angle: whimsical, ironic, unconventional and lively.

Eames House Whale

Charles and Ray Eames surrounded themselves in their legendary Eames House with their own designs and an extensive collection of folk art, as well as other small objects found on their travels, from nature and in everyday life. A prominent feature of the Eames House interior was a huge wooden whale over 2m in length, an anonymous work of North American folk art.

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