● Chairs ● Stools, Benches ● Tables ● Sofas ● Lounge Chairs
● Side & Coffee Tables ● Storage Furniture ● Lighting
● Chairs ● Stools, Benches ● Tables ● Sofas ● Lounge Chairs ● Side & Coffee Tables ● Storage Furniture ● Lighting ● Decoration
In 1953, the entrepreneur Willi Fehlbaum discovers the furniture of Charles & Ray Eames in a New York store. Immediately seduced by the designs, his enduring enthusiasm leads to the decision to become a furniture manufacturer. Back in Switzerland, Fehlbaum gets in contact with the Herman Miller furniture company in Michigan, the manufacturer of the Eames furniture.
In 1957, after 4 years of negotiations, Vitra begins with the licensed production of the Herman Miller Collection including designs by Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. In the following years, the Fehlbaum family (Willi, his wife Erika and their eldest son Rolf) comes into contact with Nelson, Girard and the Eames' on numerous occasions. For Rolf Fehlbaum, currently Vitra’s Chairman, these encounters number among his most formative experiences.
In the early 1960s, Willi Fehlbaum makes the acquaintance of the Danish designer Verner Panton, who is seeking a manufacturer for his design of a plastic chair. Vitra’s expertise in the processing of plastics gives Fehlbaum the confidence to develop the chair for mass production together with Panton. After several years of collaborative effort, Panton’s sculpture-like chair comes onto market in 1967 – the first cantilever-based plastic chair moulded in one piece and the first product developed directly by Vitra.
In 1984, the partnership with Herman Miller is terminated by mutual consent. Vitra acquires all rights for the production of furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson, as well as Alexander Girard’s textiles for Europe and the Middle East. Now able to sell these products under its own label, Vitra operates as an independent brand.
If Scandinavia Design, specialized in Scandinavian design, is associated with Vitra, a Swiss company, it is first and foremost because in 2013, Vitra bought Artek, founded in 1935 by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, gallery owner Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. But it is also, of course, because Vitra produce furniture by Verner Panton and Eero Saarinen, and because Charles and Ray Eames, the souls of Vitra, were greatly inspired by Scandinavian design. Aesthetically, the consistency is total – so natural that the Finnish company Marimekko constantly uses Vitra furniture to stage its products.
Scandinavia Design has two showrooms where Vitra furniture is displayed. The main showroom, located at the Priory, houses the main exhibition, along with the stock and logistics center. The second, located in downtown Angers, a stone's throw from the TGV station, is dedicated to receiving professional clients.
VITRA ROUND TABLES
Vitra, a Swiss company, shares many values with Scandinavia Design and the major Scandinavian design companies, which have long been concerned with social and environmental progress. This responsible attitude is reflected in many aspects of life at Vitra, where there are 41% of women in management positions (and even a majority in the board), where relaxation and well-being activities are on offer, where the workstations are ergonomic and the offices designed to make working life as pleasant as possible.
This is also reflected in the architectural quality of the Vitra campus, open to the public (for example the Oudolf Garten), in the way in which Vitra operates its buildings (with hydroelectric power) as in the way in which Vitra designs its products and supplies raw materials: while Vitra's headquarters are in Birsfelden, Switzerland, the company has production sites in Weil am Rhein (Germany), Szombathely (Hungary) and a plant in Sugito (Japan) for the Asian market .
Vitra has set itself three goals for 2030:
- Vitra will be a net positive company on the basis of all indicators of its ecological footprint.
- Vitra will follow each product throughout its lifespan, ensuring the longest possible use and facilitating its recycling and disposal.
- Vitra customers will be able to make their purchasing decisions based on detailed information about where and how a product was produced and the partners involved.
For all these reasons, Scandinavia Design is happy to be a Vitra partner.
Offering design at the right price is an integral part of our work. If you find the same item at a lower price at another retailer, delivery included, we will not only match it, but even offer you a better price.
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