At the 15th edition of Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal on 1–2 November 2014, Vitra and ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne invite you to discover the mythical aura of great furniture classics.
The installation ‘Out of the Box’, designed by Joelle Aeschlimann and Sylvain Aebischer, offers an enjoyable exploration of the inception, production and impact of these iconic designs.
Pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair, the Panton Chair or the Landi Chair are counted among the great classics of industrial furniture design. Over the years they have earned iconic status and established their place as cherished objects in our everyday lives. But how were these designs created, and who was responsible for them? What is the source of their enduring appeal, and why do they only get better with age? Last but not least: how were they originally produced, and how are they manufactured today?
With their installation ‘Out of the Box’, Joelle Aeschlimann and Sylvain Aebischer – graduates of ECAL Lausanne in the respective fields of Media & Interaction Design and Industrial Design – provide an entertaining look at well-known furniture classics. The factory stands at the focus of their installation as the place where design objects are created. Stories, myths, ideas and objects emerge and intersect in the factory. It is where designer and developer work on prototypes, where materials are processed and details are refined, where structural components are assembled by people and machines, where the finished furniture pieces are packed and shipped, and where the classics are repaired and refurbished even after decades of use.
The exhibition is located on the production floor of the Ruckstuhl factory in Langenthal (Bleienbachstrasse 9, 4901 Langenthal) and is open to the public on 1 November, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm / 2 November, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.