Vitra Design Museum,Weil am Rhein

Our visit to the Museum was planned weeks in advance as there was so much to see and experience, so we were told. A visit to their website tells it all and with over 200 actual photographs of exhibits and locations. After reading through their detailed plan we researched what we wanted to do and see, afterall we did not want to do the full 4 hour guided tour but rather meander and discover for ourselves what was on offer.

P1090298We arrived at the museum and was greeted by rows upon rows of cherry trees loaded with ripened fruit and yeah who could resist, we picked some. Infront of us on this hot day there was a mobile van of years goneby design that catered for smaller snacks and icecream. We started with the shop and then meandered through the main building exhibits which were quite stunning and everything having its space and spotlessly clean.

It gave me a feeling of being in a space where people were in love with what they were doing and exhibiting. The staff were exceptionally friendly and had time to inform as well as share a hearty laugh a great difference to what we experienced in Basel. Booklets and a welcome map guide to the Vitra Campus we set off on a find and see tour of the Campus. Well signed we found our way and ofcourse we did get slightly lost at one point but that was to our advantage as we came across some fun play spaces and rested our legs.

Students were present in large groups and were more interested in the Architechtural and production tours as well as the most popular *Night Fever* museum. This was a rather stunning exhibit and well attended. Overall the buildings housing the various exhibits were not crammed with visitors which allowed us time to ask questions and photograph at will. This was really a day well spent experiencing all that was on offer and yet we had just scratched the surface as we had limited time. Another visit is certainly on the cards and knowing what we know now arrangements will be made to visit the other buildings and architectural features.

Should you have the chance/opportunity then it is well worth the minimal fees they charge and mostly free to other exhibits. To show and describe what is on offer cannot do it justice but a quick visit to their website you will be delighted in have a small taste of the Campus as a whole. Not forgetting a tour round the factory which is on site. After 4 hours travelling to the museum and now our return we were exhausted and looking forward to relax on the fabulous Swiss trains which took us through so many picturesque villages and stations. Finally home with a drink in hand and in time for the sun setting…our day draws to a *happy* end.

design-museum link……Information and Photos


Ceramic, Swiss Ceramic

Margrit Linck Swiss Potter delux

There has been so much already said about this important & innovative Swiss Artist & Potter there leaves little for me to add about her creations and innovations.

When i first arrived in Switzerland i came across the name and had no idea what was made by Margrit Linck. Due to the kindness of a dealer i was told what to lookout for and that was the *Fisch* mark. That was the start of the searching and discovering what was out there in the market place. Not having been a lover of ceramics, rather porcelain, i opened myself up to Swiss ceramics on the whole as i had come across so much and when i say on the cheap i really mean on the cheap.

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Africana collectible figure of a newspaper seller…the Cape Argus

Here is a small handmade figure by the housewife potter Peggie Foy of West Wickham London. She started her enterprise working from home and had 4 young ladies,including her daughter,modelling and painting these delightfully naive figures.

Peggie developed the narrative and then the modellers got to work. These earthenware figures were fired at a temperture of 1100 degc which took some hours, thereafter the painters started the detailed task of hand painting these models.This was a family affair as her husband conducted the sales aspect of this enterprising business and not all was made available to the local market as more that 80% was for export. Looking at this paper salesman one can see why and just how right she got the person and trade.

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Native American Art

Chief Oskenonton 1888/1955 Son & Grandson of great Chiefs from the Mohawk tribe of the Bear Clan

A collection of Atrifacts of the famous Mohawk Chief Oskenonton

chief01Being fortunate enough to have been introduced to the history of this famous Chief by means of purchasing the collection shown from a old friend of the Chief.

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Ceramic, Swiss Ceramic

Ruth Keller Swiss Ceramist….Schweiz Keramik

Large charger hand painted with wild Strawberries

keller01Over the years i have come across many differnet styles from this artist with no one definite style that i could nail down. One would have to look at the signature before truly knowing that it was of her creation. Perhaps i have not handled enough to judge it from a distance as her creations vary to a wide degree.

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