Design museum vitra

Photo by Gareth Gardner

Swiss-based furniture company Vitra has partnered with the Design Museum to fit its new location out with furniture and retail interior solutions.

Officially opening today, 24 November 2016, the Design Museum has relocated to Kensington to the former Commonwealth Institute building, which has been transformed by John Pawson and his design team.

For the new Design Museum, Pawson’s team have carefully selected furniture pieces from Vitra and Artek to celebrate not only the best of design, but also the building’s Grade II listed 1960s architecture.

Vitra and the Design Museum have a rich history of collaborative work, spanning over 20 years, which is why the pair teamed up once again.

The selected Vitra furniture populates all public and back office areas, including the galleries, members room, auditorium, design studio, library, Designers in Residence studio, staff offices and operations areas, café, and the Prescott & Conran restaurant.

Commenting on the partnership when it was first announced back in March this year, Tony Ash, managing director of Vitra UK & Eire, said: “Vitra and the Design Museum London enjoy a close and long-standing relationship, thus it is an absolute pleasure to be part of this significant new journey for the museum.”

Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, adds: “We are thrilled to be working with Vitra to furnish the museum with beautifully designed pieces which help to fulfil John Pawson’s vision for the new Design Museum.”