VitraHaus: Jongerius, Panton, Eames: The rejected colour schemes
For all the decision to paint the outer walls black.
We at (smow)blog can however exclusively reveal that other options were considered.
And below we publish exclusive pictures of the rejected colour schemes.
Berlin based, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius has created the Vitra Colour Laboratory to help encourage VitraHaus visitors to be more imaginative and creative in their use of colour. One version of the VitraHaus colour scheme played with Jongerius’ Polder Sofa colour scheme.
Breton brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec‘s classic Algue room divider was also considered as a possible colour scheme for the outer walls of the VitraHaus. Was however rejected owing to the number of Bouroullec items that are on display inside the VitraHaus.
Belgian designer Maarten van Severen is one of the real “in house” favourites at Vitra, and a man whose time came far too soon. As a tribute to one of the true legends of Belgian design a colour scheme was created that paid homage to Maarten van Severen’s Kast shelving unit.
The cooperation between Vitra and Danish designer Verner Panton opened a whole chapter in the Vitra story; the creation of specially commissioned pieces in collaboration between Vitra and the designer. In honour of the life and work of Verner Panton the possibility of painting the outer walls of the VitraHaus in Panton Chair classic red was considered.
No two people are more intimately associated with the Vitra story than Charles and Ray Eames. And so it was no surprise that one of Ray Eames’ classic textile designs – namely small dot pattern – should be considered for use on the outer walls of the VitraHaus.
In the end, black won through as the outer colour of the VitraHaus…. but it could all have been so different…