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Vitra 100 Miniatures

A curious German exhibition of classical chair designs is heading to Melbourne — and they're all fun-sized.
By Hudson Brown
January 11, 2018
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By Hudson Brown
January 11, 2018
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Chair design might seem simplistic to the amateur eye but, in reality, there are hundreds of years of evolution and thought behind this everyday object. Paying homage to the humble piece of furniture, Germany's Vitra Design Museum has spent the past 20 years building up a collection of precise miniature replicas and has transformed it into a world-renowned touring exhibition. And for the very first time, it's touching down in Australia.

Presented by Living Edge, Vitra 100 Miniatures features tiny versions of chairs created by legendary designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Otto Wagner. These miniature versions are all presented precisely in 1:6 scale of chair designs from distinct periods in history — from art nouveau to Bauhaus, postmodernism and the trends of the present day. They also stay true to the originals in every conceivable way, including construction, materials and colour.

Showcasing 100 classic examples, the exhibition illustrates the importance of the chair and how it has become a marker of progress within the wider field of industrial design. To complement the Vitra 100 Miniatures exhibition, there's also an impressive range of photographs, sketches and assorted documents that explore the importance of the medium.

The exhibition is presented at the Living Edge Melbourne Showroom from Friday, December 21 to Thursday, January 31. It's open Monday to Friday between 9am–5pm, Saturday between 10am–4pm and Sunday from 11am–4pm. For more information, visit Living Edge's website.

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