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Balancing Tools

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, 1984

On the seventieth birthday of Willi Fehlbaum, Vitra’s founder, his children presented him with the sculpture “Balancing Tools”. Erected on the grounds between the main road and the complex of buildings, it depicts the tools of the furniture maker juxtaposed with one another on an oversized scale. It was in Claes Oldenburg’s studio that Vitra Chairman Rolf Fehlbaum met Frank Gehry for the very first time.