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The Art of Design: A Visual History of Vitra

A look inside a book celebrating the visual history of the acclaimed Swiss design house

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Akari UF 4-L8 (1951)
Akari UF 4-L8 (1951) by Isamu Noguchi, Organic Conference Chair (1940) by Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen, Soft-shell Chair (2008) by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Girard Wool Blanket (1961/71) by Alexander Girard, Table Solvay (1941) by Jean ProuvéPhotography by Florian Böhm, Everything is Connected, Edited by Florian Böhm & Annahita Kamali, Copyright by Vitra & Gestalten, 2014

Vitra has come along way since it first began in 1950 as a Swiss, family-owned furniture company. A briliant book, Everything is Connected, serves almost like a family album, charting the company's work over six decades. “Eventually everything connects," Charles Eames said, "people, ideas, objects… the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se," – a quote that gives a taster of the rich connectivity between the book's glorious images. 

Browsing is a supremely satisfying experience, with the idea of "connecting" woven throughout. Related colours, similiar patterns, recurring motifs work together as to inspire, alongside the evolution of iconic pieces of furniture including the Eames Lounge Chair. It would be so easy for a brand to roll out a book that presents all work to date, in chronological order, yet it is by not conforming to convention that this books excels – one never knows where they are going to go next. The breadth of imagery – including advertisements, snapshots, portraits of designers and sketches – serve to highlight Vitra's skill in creating excellent visuals over six decades as well as brilliant product designs. 

Here we present a selection of our favourite images from the book. 

Everything is Connected is out now, published by Gestalten.

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