Vitra Lamps

Vitra was founded by Willi and Erica Fehlbaum in 1953. On a visit to the United States, they became entranced by a chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames, and that marked the beginning of the now-successful company that’s now run by the third generation. The first generation consisted of Erica and Willi Fehlbaum, who laid the foundations for the business. They were followed by the second generation, their sons Rolf and Raymond, who added a cultural dimension in the form of the Vitra Cambus and Vitra Design Museum. Since 2016, Raymond’s daughter Nora Fehlbaum has carried on the family legacy and shifted its focus to sustainability in thought and action.

Vitra endeavours to improve home décor using the value of good design. They believe our surroundings are shaped by our thoughts and feelings, whether that’s at home, at the office, or on the go. Aside from furniture, Vitra now offers an exciting range of classic and modern lamps. The Akari lamps are the perfect example of this. The rice paper lamps are a modern reinterpretation by designer Isamu Noguchi and have been the target of much attention.
Akari 120A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on: 14-08-2024
Akari E Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on: 14-08-2024
Abat-Jour Conique White - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 75D Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on: 14-08-2024
Akari UF3-Q Floor Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on: 25-05-2024
Akari 21A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on: 14-08-2024
High Tray Dark Brick - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Trays set of 3 Red - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Trays set of 3 Green - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
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Popular lamps from Vitra

The Japanese-American artist and designer started designing light sculptures in 1951. He made more than 100 Shoji paper models by hand, including table lamps, standing lamps, and floor lamps. The collection was named ‘Araki’, which means ‘light’ in Japanese. The collection now comprises more than 40 different lamps that combine Japanese and Scandinavian design, all with a timeless and minimalist expression.

The lamps are available in many different shapes and sizes. Some are quite neat and simple while others feature illustrations. What the Akari lamps all have in common is their use of the robust Shoji paper that dims the light and hides the source while emitting a comfortable and even glow that lights up its surroundings.

The Akari 1A table lamp combines the classic expression of the rice paper lamp with the slender legs of a sculptural lamp. The same goes for the Akari 10A floor lamp, which also has a Nordic touch in its wooden details. Both lamps can be used all around the home or at the office, where they contribute a relaxed and atmospheric light.

Many of us have memories of the cosy spherical rice paper lamp that hang from our childhood bedroom. The Akari 26A pendant was inspired by the famous pendant and imbued with an elegant shape and lovely structure that fits seamlessly into modern décor.

No matter which Akari lamp you prefer, you can rest assured that the entire range is focused on quality, down to the smallest of details. The transverse frame is carefully tightened around a wooden frame that moulds to the desired shape. The paper is then carefully glued onto the wooden frame, one piece at a time to ensure perfection. Start to finish, the process takes around six hours, and it’s carried out by hand by the best Japanese artisans out there.

From the Vitra Chair to Vitra Design Museum

On a trip to New York in the mid-1950s, Willi Fehlbaum discovered a chair so fascinating, he had to find out who designed it. The chair—designed by Ray and Charles Eames—changed his life when he decided to become a furniture designer. After years of negotiations, he took over the rights in 1957, gaining not only the rights to Ray and Charley Eames’ work, but also to the creations of George Nelson, Alexander Girard, and Isamu Noguchi.

This became a defining moment for Vitra, and the company is now headquartered in Weil am Rhein. They’ve been working with influential and innovative designers like Jasper Morrison, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, and the Danish architect Verner Panton through the past 60 years. Together, they break with tradition, question the status quo, and continue to introduce new and better solutions to specific problems in light design.

In 1989, the private Vitra Design Museum was founded by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum’s son, Rolf Fehlbaum. He started collecting chairs in the 1980s, and he reached a point where he’d collected enough to organise them into a story. In the beginning, he stored the chairs at the office, but when the chairs started breaking, one accident at a time, he decided that a museum would be a more fitting place to show his collection.

Today, the museum’s collection focuses on interior design and furniture, primarily built around the works of the American designers Ray and Charles Eames. It also showcases the works of other designers, like Michael Thonet, Richard Hutten, Jean Prouvé, Dieter Rams, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Verner Panton. Vitra Design Museum is home to one of the biggest collections of designer furniture in the world, and they have exhibits covering all the big eras of furniture design.
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