he Castiglioni brother’s Taccia lamp in Diabolik’s apartment, the Butterfly Chair in Charlie Brown’s living room and Valentina by Crepax lying down on Les Corbusier’s Lounge Chair. Have you ever noticed that design icons are often found in comic strips?
With the exhibition Living in a Box: Design and Comics, the Vitra Design Museum shines a light on this unusual union by exploring the world of comics and analysing its relationship with design.
To make a story feel realistic, cartoonists often use subliminal codes to portray the right atmosphere, evoke a social state and create a relationship with the present. Design is therefore seen as the perfect way to stimulate collective imaginary; in fact it projects the reader into the story.
As a matter of fact, the worlds of design and comics mutually influence each other: on one hand, design icons are found is a few of the most popular comic strips around and on the other, you cannot forget that comic strips have often served as an inspiration for designers.
In fact, Living in a Box: Design and Comics emphasises this relationship and demonstrates the way in which the museum’s collections come to life from illustrations, comic strips and graphic novels. In a one-of-a-kind exhibition, Vitra Museum puts on display a timely, entertaining introspection on the evolution of styles and trends in the world of design.
Where: Vitra Schaudepot, Charles-Eames-Str. 2, Weil am Rhein, Germany
When: 24 May - 20 October 2019