Architecture Lab, the newest addition to Vitra Museum's campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, (VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, top photo) prompted me to visit the museum's website, which then immediately bumped up the museum's position on my "SOMEday, I will visit this place" list (it is a very, very long list . . . ).
From Vitra's website, "The inception of the Vitra Design Museum dates back to the early 1980s. With the aim of documenting the history of the Vitra company, Vitra CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began collecting the furniture of designers who had influenced the company's development, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouvé. As the collection grew, so did the desire for an architectural venue in which the objects could be displayed. . . Today, the Vitra Design Museum is internationally active as a cultural institution that has made a major contribution to the research and popular dissemination of design. The Museum presents a broad spectrum of topics on design and culture, with a special emphasis on furniture and interior design. Its activities encompass the production of exhibitions, workshops, publications, and museum products, and the maintenance of an extensive collection, an archive, and a research library."
I've also always wanted to go to Vitra's "summer camp": 7–10-day design workshops held at Boisbuchet, at a country estate in the southwest of France. Add that to the list! – GF