Vitra Miniatures DCW Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Miniature of DCW Chair by Charles & Ray Eames.

Vitra Miniatures Tulip Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Stuhl W1 Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen. Right: Miniature of Stuhl W1 by Mart Stam.

Vitra Miniatures Coconut Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Hill House Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Lounge Chair & Ottoman Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Coconut chair by George Nelson. Middle: Miniature of Hill House 1 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Right: Miniature of Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Charles & Ray Eames.

Vitra Miniatures Stool (Modell A) Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Miniature of Stool (Modell A) by Charles & Ray Eames.

Vitra Miniatures 3-Benet Skalstol Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Standard Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of 3-Benet Skalstol by Hans J. Wegner. Right: Miniature of Standard chair by Jean Prouve.

Vitra Miniatures Big Easy Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Miniature of Big Easy by Ron Arad.

Vitra Miniatures Mezzadro Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Ribbon Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Stuhl No.14 Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Mezzadro by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Middle: Miniature of Ribbon chair by Pierre Paulin. Right: Miniatures of Stuhl No.14 by Gebrüder Kohn & Thonet.

Vitra Miniatures Plywood Elephant Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures MR 90 Barcelona Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Plywood Elephant by Charles & Ray Eames. Right: Miniature of MR 90 Barcelona by Mies van der Rohe.

Vitra Miniatures Heart Shaped Cone Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Miniature of Heart-Shaped Cone chair by Verner Panton.

Vitra 100 Miniatures Exhibition Arrives Living Edge | Yellowtrace

 

Seriously, who hasn’t dreamed of owning a collection of Vitra Miniatures? Hang on, it’s not just me, is it? Of course not, silly! Vitra Miniatures is the stuff of design legends, and the good news is that an exhibition of 100 minis is currently touring Australia for the first time ever, thanks to our buddies at Living Edge. Hooray!

I think we can all agree that no piece of furniture has attracted the attention of designers, architects and artists like the chair. The chair is closely related to the shape of the human body, it is the depiction of our figures with arms, legs, feet and a back that mirror our own. The chair has assumed a crucial role in the history of design – as an experimental object, as the motor driving new developments forwards and as an icon. It has long since advanced from being an everyday utilitarian object to attain the status of an artistic event.

 

Vitra 100 Miniatures Exhibition Arrives Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra 100 Miniatures Exhibition Arrives Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Installation view of Vitra’s 100 Miniatures Exhibition.

 

For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design from its collection. The Miniatures Collection encapsulates the entire history of industrial furniture design, from Historicism and Art Nouveau to the Bauhaus and New Objectivity, from Radical Design and Postmodernism all the way up to the present day.

Exactly one-sixth the size of the historical originals, the chairs are all true to scale and precisely recreate the smallest details of construction, material and colour. The high standard of authenticity even extends to the natural grain of the wood, the reproduction of screws and the elaborate handicraft techniques involved. This has made the miniatures into popular collector’s items as well as ideal illustrative material for universities, design schools and architects.

In the touring exhibition at Living Edge, 100 miniatures of classic seats are presented on plinths in an elegant installation. The exhibition is accompanied by 40 wall-mounted panels comprising photographs, original drawings and timelines.

 

Vitra 100 Miniatures Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Vitra 100 Miniatures Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Vitra 100 Miniatures Living Edge | Yellowtrace

 

Since 1992, the Miniatures Collection available for sale comprises more than 8,000 models of furniture and lighting. By contrast, 100 prototypes of classic seats dating from the 1800s and 1990s have been developed for this display.

In this special showcase, the viewer’s attention is directed towards the perfectly crafted true-to-scale character of the miniatures. It is visually accessible to grasp a chair as a miniature – its proportions stand out even more distinctly than in the original object. The clearly-defined world of the miniatures helps us find our bearings in the diverse styles of contemporary design.

In this special exhibition, the chairs are viewed not as isolated phenomena but are placed firmly in their cultural and historical context. A perfect little lesson in design history.

See you there!

 

Miniatures Exhibition national tour details with Living Edge are as follows:

Living Edge Sydney: 8th November – 13th December 2018
Living Edge Melbourne: 21st December – 31st January 2019
Calile Hotel Brisbane: 8th February – 26th February 2019
Living Edge Perth: 6th March – 26th March 2019

 

Vitra Miniatures Antony Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures DKR Wire Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Antony by Jean Prouve. Right: Miniature of DKR “Wire Chair” by Charles & Ray Eames.

Vitra Miniatures Favela Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Laminated Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Favela by Fernando & Humberto Campana. Right: Miniature of Laminated Chair by Grete Jalk

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Vitra Miniatures Sketch Chair Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Selene Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Sketch chair by Front Design. Right: Miniature of Selene by Vico Magistretti

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Vitra Miniatures Schaukelsessel No.9 Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures MR 20 Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of Schaukelsessel No.9 by Gebrüder Kohn & Thonet. Right: Miniature of MR 20 by Mies van der Rohe.

Vitra Miniatures La Mamma Living Edge | Yellowtrace
Vitra Miniatures Taliesin West Armchair Living Edge | Yellowtrace

Left: Miniature of La Mamma by Gaetano Pesce. Right: Miniature of Taliesin West armchair by Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

This Yellowtrace Promotion is sponsored by Living Edge. Please note that all our sponsored content is carefully curated to maintain utmost relevance to our readers. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Yellowtrace.

 


[Images courtesy of Living Edge.]

 

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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