The Miniatures Collection present the most important classics of modern furniture history in miniature in a scale of 1:6. Their construction, materials and colors correspond to the historical Vitra Design Museum collection original, right down to the last detail. Because they are so true to the originals, the miniatures are not only valuable collector's items, but also ideal illustrative material for universities, colleges of designs and architects. The Miniatures Collection is unique worldwide. For each miniature there is a licence agreement with the designer or his heirs. Many designers collaborate with Vitra to develop the miniatures of their own designs and offer their assistance by supplying information on the objects. In return, Vitra honor the designer's copyright by paying royalties.
- Height: 8.57 cm / 3 3/8 inch
- Width: 7.9 cm / 3 1/8 inch
- Depth: 8.8 cm / 3 1/2 inch
- Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet.
- Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.
Twenty years ago the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein began making miniature replicas of the great milestones in furniture design housed in its collection. A summary of the history of industrial furniture design – moving from the historic and art nouveau to the new Bauhaus’ radical design, and from postmodernism all the way up until the present day – the collection has grown to include more than 100 pieces. The chairs are all one sixth of the size of the originals. They are all true to scale and replicate the originals right down to the smallest details in construction, material and color.
Vitra Miniatures Mezzadro Designed by:
- Pier Giacomo Castiglioni , 1957
Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Italy, 1913 – 1968
The Italian designer and architect Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is the second of the three Castiglioni brothers. Like his brothers, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic. In 1938 Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and his elder brother, Livio, founded a practice in Milan, which the youngest brother, Achille, joined in 1944. All three Castiglioni brothers were interested in both technology and art.
Until his death in 1968, Pier Giacomo collaborated with his brother, Achille Castiglioni, on numerous designer objects. In a 1957 exhibition in Como, Italy, Achille and Pier Giacomo exhibited their vision of a modern lifestyle; a colorful jumble of styles that incorporated old and new furnishings, instead of uniformly styled interiors. Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni showed many of their designs, including their “readymades,” Mezzadro, a stool consisting of a tractor seat mounted on a substructure and Sella, a telephone stool with a bicycle saddle as a seat.
The two brothers were particularly successful with the lighting they designed for Flos, and Artemide. They playfully explored new possibilities for form, linking technical innovation and minimalist economy of means, to produce highly functional objects that were as aesthetically satisfying as they were practical. Castiglionis designed their Taraxacum Suspension Lamp in 1960 and the Splugen for Flos was launched in 1961. Another Castiglioni design for Flos was the 1962 Arco Floor Lamp, which hangs its head like a flower and is beautifully balanced by a heavy marble base.