Science Fiction Design: From Space Age to Metaverse

18.05.2024 – 11.05.2025

Numerous science fiction films – from Star Trek to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Blade Runner – are populated by classic designs that have shaped our image of the future. In reverse, many designers of objects destined for some type of imagined future seek inspiration in the genre of science fiction.

The fascinating dialogue between science fiction and design is the subject of a new exhibition in the Vitra Schaudepot. Under the title »Science Fiction Design: From Space Age to Metaverse«, over 100 objects from the museum’s collection will be staged in a futuristic display by the Argentine visual artist and designer Andrés Reisinger. Supplemented by selected works from the realms of film and literature, the show presents a range of examples from the early twentieth century to the so-called Space Age of the 1960s and ’70s, and even further to recent design objects that have been conceived exclusively for the virtual worlds of the metaverse.

Publication date: 6.5.2024
Images: 1. Complicated Sofa, The Shipping, 2021 Artwork by Andrés Reisinger © Reisinger Studio; 2. Andrés Reisinger, The Shipping, Deep Space, 2021 © Reisinger Studio