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Karl Lagerfeld’s Monte Carlo Apartment © Jacques Schumacher (ph: courtesy Vitra Design Museum) 
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debate on domestic interior furnishing, its history and future prospects: the Vitra Design Museum with its exhibit Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors wants to take us on a journey through the past to analyze the social, political and technical changes of the last 100 years that have inevitably been reflected in the places where we live. The home expresses personal lifestyles, determines the well-being of each person and influences our daily rhythms and movements.

The exhibit puts 20 famous interior furnishings on display designed by famous architects like Adolf Loos, Finn Junl, international artists such as Andy Warhol or Cecil Beaton, or legendary actresses like Elsie de Wolfe.

At the heart of this story are the upheavals that have characterized the history of design: from the limits of living spaces or the disappearance of the line between work and private life, which created the necessity of more fluid and versatile places. A trip backwards through time from the creation of the first lofts in the seventies to more informal forms of cohabitation from the previous decade, arriving to the first modern appliances of the fifties and further back to the first open-spaces of the twenties.

The exhibition Home Stories lets objects speak for themselves in order to explain to us that home-living style does not just depend on the designing of spaces and the tastes of individual interior designers, but it also takes inspiration from the worlds of art, architecture, fashion and scenography. That which reveals itself is a wide and stimulating overview of interior design that puts the most recent history of domestic living on display: a clear example is the micro-apartment Yojgen Poketto (Sacca 4D, 2017) by the Madrid studio Elli that takes advantage of a limited surface thanks to its extremely versatile storage units. Also standing out is Antivilla (2014) by the architect Arno Brandlhuber, which with textile and flexible walls transforms an ex-factory near Potsdam into a highly modernized domestic space. And finally, the photographic essay by British designer Jasper Morrison that shows us how the meaning and arrangement of single objects can influence and define the atmosphere and character of an apartment.

In addition to the exhibit, there will also be a rich program of conferences, debates, workshops and other events during the entirety of its opening. It is an interesting chance for everyone to learn more about the theme of daily living and understand better the dynamics of contemporary home design.


Where: Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany

When: from February 7th to August 23rd, 2020


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