19 October 2023 – 10 am CET

The upcoming Vitra Session will tell the shared story of the designer couple Charles and Ray Eames and the furniture manufacturer Vitra, founded by the Fehlbaum family in 1950. The digital event on 19 October 2023 will focus on this special relationship that spans three generations.

It looks at how the two families work together today to preserve and promote the legacy of Charles and Ray, and we will also hear from two of the couple’s grandchildren: Eames Demetrios, Director of the Eames Office, and Lucia Dewey Atwood, Director of the Eames Foundation. Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra, will give a guided tour of the Eames Collection in the Vitra Design Museum, and Vitra CEO Nora Fehlbaum and Chief Design Officer Christian Grosen will reveal how the Eames Collection is nurtured and preserved by Vitra.

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The Eames designs reflect the duo’s systems-based approach. Charles and Ray did not believe in innovation for innovation’s sake, but instead sought to find solutions for genuine needs. This gave their products a relevance that has seen them mature into classics. The Eameses’ lesson in longevity forms the cornerstone of Vitra’s approach to sustainability and provides guidance and stability in today’s fast-paced world.

As the only authorised manufacturer of Eames designs in Europe and the Middle East for nearly 70 years, Vitra continues to preserve and nurture this unique partnership.

In 1956, Vitra became Herman Miller’s licensee for continental Europe. In 1984, the companies went their separate ways. The rights to the designs of Eames, Girard, and Nelson were assigned to Vitra for Europe and the Middle East, while the Herman Miller name and program were retained by Herman Miller. The two companies continue to have a friendly relationship and together with the descendants of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard keep the spirit of these great designers alive.

Eames & Vitra

To coincide with the launch of updated Eames products in autumn, Vitra has published a book entitled Eames & Vitra. The book describes the special relationship between Vitra and the Eameses and presents designs produced by Vitra from the 1950s until today, shedding light on topics such as authenticity and archival holdings.
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