Vitra is a Swiss-based manufacturer of designer home and office furniture, lighting and accessories. Originally founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum, the company moved to Birsfelden, Switzerland in 1994. Soon after being formed, Vitra acquired licences for the products of major American designers Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson.
The buildings housing Vitra and the Vitra Design Museum include works by Nicholas Grimshaw, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Jean Prouve and Zaha Hadid. Most notable perhaps, the stacked showroom, Vitrahaus by Herzog & de Meuron, contains the Vitra Home Collection which launched in January 2004.
The Vitra collection houses a plethora of new and historically significant works by some of the most renowned furniture designers. These include Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Prouve, Verner Panton, George Nelson, Antonio Citterio, Jasper Morrison and Barber & Osgerby.