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Virgil Abloh c/o Vitra

Vitra is presenting the installation TWENTYTHIRTYFIVE by Virgil Abloh in the Fire Station on the Vitra Campus on 12 June 2019. Here the American artist, architect and designer created a very personal 'residential biography' of a fictitious teenager from the year 2019, accompanying him into the year 2035. Abloh uses the two sections 'Past/Present' and 'Tomorrow' to focus on the interaction between people and their home environment as they move from adolescence to adulthood. How might the evolution of technology and changes in society affect our homes? To what extent does our environment influence our life path, our tastes and the decisions we make over time?

Virgil Abloh furnished the installation with diverse furniture and objects, including pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Aarnio or Jean Prouvé – some in their original form, others creatively altered. Fascinated by the designs of Jean Prouvé, he had a particular interest in exploring the Frenchman's work: 'I loved the idea of introducing some Prouvé classics to a generation today that might not know the importance of his work.' He reinterpreted the Antony armchair and Petite Potence wall lamp in the context of TWENTYTHIRTYFIVE.

Together with the Ceramic Blocks, which can be seen as the symbolic cornerstones of the installation, both Prouvé designs will be launched in a small limited edition as exhibition spin-offs.