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    Vitra 100 Miniatures Exhibition.

    Finding itself for the first time in Australia, Living Edge is proud to host Vitra's 100 miniatures exhibition as it travels across country showcasing miniatures of the most iconic chair designs in history.

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    News - 07.11.2018

    100 Classical Seats. No piece of furniture has attracted the attention of designers, architects and artists alike as has the chair. The chair is closely related to the shape of the human body, it is the depiction of our body and has arms, legs, feet and a back. The chair has assumed a key 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. In the exhibition, 100 miniatures of classical seats convey the significance of design and the role it plays in the industrial production process. These classical chairs, exact 1:6 replicas of the originals, are presented on plinths in an elegant installation. 

    Chairs that have taken their place in history. Since 1992, the chair miniatures produced by the Vitra Design Museum have earned a deserved reputation as high-quality, true-to-scale collectors' items. The Miniatures Collection, which is meant for sales purposes, meanwhile comprises more than 80 models; by contrast, 100 prototypes of classical seats dating from between approx. 1800 and 1990 have been developed for the exhibition. In our exhibition, viewer's attention is directed towards the perfectly crafted true-to-scale character of the miniatures. It is visually easy to grasp a chair as a miniature, its proportions stand out even more distinctly than in the original object. The concentrated, clearly defined world of the miniatures helps viewers find their bearings in the manifold styles of contemporary design. Chairs provide us with information on social connections, on the age in which they were created as well as on those manners of sitting which are considered exemplary. In our exhibition, the chairs are considered not as isolated phenomena but are placed firmly in their cultural and historical context.

    The history of furniture design from 1800 to 1990 is presented in terms of nine groups. -

    Group 1 (up to 1900) 1. Windsor Chair, anonymous, beginning of the 19th century 2. Michael Thonet, Boppard Chair, approx. 1836 3. Shaker Chair, anonymous, approx. 1840 4. Michael Thonet, Chair No. 14, 1859–60 5. Chair from bent iron, anonymous, approx. 1865 6. Rocking Chair No. 9, Jakob and Josef Kohn, approx. 1882–83 7. Henry Van de Velde, Chair for “Bloemenwerf House”, 1895 8. Adolf Loos, Chair for the Café Museum, around 1898.

    Group 2 (1900 to 1920) | 9. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Hill House Chair, 1903 10. Thomas Lee, Westport Chair, 1903 11. Chair No. 511, Gebr. Thonet, 1905 12. Josef Hoffmann, No. 728, Fledermaus (Bat), 1905 13. Josef Hoffmann, Sitzmaschine (Sitting Machine), approx. 1905 14. Josef Hoffmann, Chair No. 371, 1905–6 15. Otto Wagner, Chair for the Viennese Post Office Savings Bank, 1905 16. Frank Lloyd Wright, Robie House Chair, 1908 17. Vlastislav Hofman, PUD-Chair, 1911–12 18. Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Roodblauwe Stoel, 1918.

    Group 3 (1921 to 1930) |  19. Frank Lloyd Wright, Peacock Chair, 1921–22 20. Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Militaire Stoel, 1923 21. Marcel Breuer, Wassily, 1925 22. Mart Stam, W1, 1926 23. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, MR 20, 1927 24. Heinz and Bodo Rasch, Sitzgeiststuhl, 1927 25. Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Beugel Stoel, 1927 26. Marcel Breuer, Cesca, 1928 27. Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand, Siège tournant, 1928 28. Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand, Fauteuil à dossier basculant, 1928 29. Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand, Chaise longue à réglage continu, 1928 30. René Herbst, Chaise Sandows, 1928–29 31. Marcel Breuer, B 35, 1928–29 32. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona Chair, 1929 33. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Brno Chair, 1929.

    Stop by the installation to find out the rest!

    You'll find the installation in our showrooms and external venue during the following dates - stop by during normal business hours.

    • Living Edge Sydney Showroom: 8th November – 13th December 
    • Living Edge Melbourne Showroom: 21st December – 18th January
    • St Johns Cathedral Brisbane: 8th February – 22nd February


    External Venue:

    • St Johns Cathedral: St Martin’s House, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane Q 4000

    Opening Times:

    Monday - Friday :9.00am to 5.00pm,

    Saturday: 9:30 - 2:30pm

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