History and Future of Lighting Design

Since the invention of the incandescent light bulb, the design of artificial lighting has been one of the most fascinating tasks of designers, artists and architects. This is attested by numerous icons of design history, such as the famous Bauhaus lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld. In recent years, there has been a fundamental expansion of lighting applications. With Lightopia, the Vitra Design Museum is dedicating the first comprehensive exhibition to this transformational development. The show will feature current works by such artists and designers as Olafur Eliasson, Rogier van der Heide and Mischer’traxler, which demonstrate the new applications of light while also emphasising its archaic, emotional power. Contemporary objects are juxtaposed with classic designs from the museum’s lighting collection

Following its presentation at the Vitra Design Museum, Lightopia will travel to other museums around the world.