Geberit meets Vitra
Exhibition sponsoring & customer events
At the end of September, the Geberit-sponsored exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” will begin in the Vitra Design Museum, offering yet another reason to visit the famous Vitra Campus.
The campus of the renowned chair manufacturer Vitra in Weil am Rhein in the south of Germany is considered a Mecca for architecture and design enthusiasts. However, the success story has nightmarish beginnings, with a large percentage of the buildings in which chairs had been manufactured for almost three decades destroyed by fire in 1981. Rolf Fehlbaum – the company’s owner and a well-connected man due to the company’s partnership with well-known furniture designers – subsequently decided to gradually convert the site into an ensemble featuring a range of different architectural styles.
Gehry here, Hadid there
The first buildings on the Vitra Campus were the production halls designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and built in the 1980s, which have since been joined by well over a dozen buildings and structures designed by renowned architects, namely Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron. Like Grimshaw and Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron designed two buildings on the campus, namely the VitraHaus (2010) – home to Vitra’s flagship store – and the Schaudepot, which was completed in 2016.
Papanek at Vitra
The Vitra Design Museum, which was designed by Frank Gehry and built in 1989, hosts exhibitions on famous designers and design trends at regular intervals. Geberit is sponsoring one of these exhibitions, namely “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design”, which is open from 29 September 2018 until 10 March 2019. The intention behind this is to create awareness for the claim Design Meets Function among a wider public Geberit is using the exhibition as an opportunity to invite partners from all over the world to Weil am Rhein, where they can gain new insights into Victor Papanek’s ideas and on top of it get a feel for the Geberit solutions.
Design Meets Function
Apart from reliable sanitary technology behind the wall, the name Geberit today also stands for perfectly designed bathroom equipment. Geberit products offer more than can be seen at first glance: with their multi-faceted functions, they respond to real needs and offer concrete benefits to people.