A few weekends ago my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit both Blickfang Basel and the Vitra Design Campus. Blickfang is a traveling European design exhibition featuring the work of talented, small-scale designers. Not only do you get to peruse (and purchase) the wares, but you also get face time with the designers themselves.
Some of my favorite designs at the exhibit included these origami inspired chairs by Matthias Scherzinger of Freudwerk and the triangular poufs designed by Antoinette Bader — I’m a sucker for hard edges and geometric shapes.
The following day we hopped on a bus to the Vitra Design Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, to join in their 25th anniversary celebration. We were treated to tours of the Frank Gehry buildings, the Vitra Haus as well as free crafting workshops.
Copper lampshades, concrete stoves, Eames elephants, Verner Panton lounge chairs ...had I died and gone to design heaven? Jeremy eventually snapped me out of my design coma with the promise of real Black Forest cake. Mmmm...yum.
The installations at Vitra Haus change pretty frequently, so I will definitely be back soon. If you’re looking for design inspiration, it’s hard to beat the Vitra campus!