Vitra has manufactured furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson since 1957. Building on this foundation, Vitra has developed a wide range of furnishings for the office, for the home and for public spaces in collaboration with progressive designers. Yet Vitra is more than just a design-oriented manufacturing company. The name also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, for a collection of modern furniture and its accompanying archive, for workshops and publications on topics of design, and for an architectural concept that unites buildings by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany).
Product longevity is central to Vitra's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection. For Vitra, the manufacture of sustainable products means intense pre-production development, where the highest-grade materials are selected and tests are carried out that simulate 15 years of use. In order to enforce and monitor sustainable development in all business activities of the company, a work group was formed in 1986 by the name of 'Vitra and the Environment'. Because of this, Vitra can proudly claim that it has been dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century.
Arik Levy is a founding partner of the multi-disciplinary design studio, L Design, and has worked across a broad range of projects including product design, industrial design, corporate identity, interior design and stage design. The Paris-based, Israeli born designer has previously designed sets for such esteemed institutions as the Grand Theater de Geneve, the Netherlands Dance Theater, the Finnish National Ballet, and BatSheva Dance, Israel. He has conducted design workshops in universities across Europe, as well as summer workshops for the prestigious Vitra Design Museum.
Born in Tel Aviv, Arik left his graphic design studio and surf shop for Europe at the age of 27. He graduated with a distinction in Industrial Design from the Art Centre of Europe in Switzerland. He subsequently won the SeikoEpson Inc competition and took part in several design exhibitions in Japan. Returning to Europe, Arik applied his innovative concepts and installations to contemporary dance and opera scenography around the world. The winner of many awards, his work has also been exhibited in numerous high profile fairs, galleries, museums and exhibitions.
From his current company, L Design, initiated with business partner Pippo Lionni, Arik and team realise projects in industrial, lighting and product design, interior architecture, signage and packaging, corporate identity and exhibition design within Europe and internationally. Clients have included Vitra, Ligne-Roset, SeikoEpson Inc, Gaia & Gino, L-Oreal, Lanvin, Renault, Tai Ping, Baccarat and Gallery La Fayette.
Arik works as both a scientist and a poet. Innovation, simplicity and experimentation are the hallmarks of his work.View other products by Arik Levy