100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Vitra Design Museum

Location: Weil am Rhein, Germany

2013 Exhibitions: Pop Art Design (October 13 - March 2)

The Vitra Design Museum is a well-known privately owned museum of design founded in 1989. Its focus is furniture and interior design with works by Charles and Ray Eames, Zaha Hadid, Dieter Rams, Jean Prouvé, and Richard Hutten. As is the case with many museums on this list, the Vitra Design Museum contains an extensive archive, library, and laboratory, and additionally hosts workshops for the community.

The museum was Frank Gehry's first building in Europe, which he co-designed with architect Günter Pfeifert. Many saw the building as a departure from Gehry's original materials and forms, as he used white plaster and a titanium-zinc alloy and built in more curves than he previously had before. It also includes a gatehouse for the Vitra factory nearby.

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