‘Masterpieces of Furniture Design’ at M7 Doha

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, MR 10/2, 1927, © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen Hans, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

M7, in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, presents “Masterpieces of Furniture Design,” in Doha from September 8 to December 9, 2023. Curated by Dr Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum, this showcase delves into two centuries of design evolution via 52 iconic pieces, celebrating names like Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and more.

Maha Ghanim Al Sulaiti, M7 Director, expressed excitement about bringing this furniture collection to Doha. The exhibition explores diverse design styles and emphasises the role of design, from addressing technical challenges to crafting beauty. It also highlights the influence of the digital age on furniture and showcases original pieces like the Wassily armchair by Marcel Breuer and Eileen Gray’s E 1027 Side Table.

Grete Jack, No. 9-1/ GJ Chair, early 1960’s © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen Hans

“Masterpieces of Furniture Design” categorises its exhibits based on seven design principles, offering an insightful look into design excellence. The exhibition includes an archival section with prototypes and documents, providing a historical backdrop for the designs. Additionally, it features the Atlas of Furniture Design, a comprehensive history of modern furniture.

As a complement, Al Mana Maples will host the Miniatures Exhibition, featuring 1:6 scale replicas of classical seats. An international roadshow showcasing iconic Vitra products will also be part of the exhibition.

M7 plans an engaging lineup of public programs, including conversations, masterclasses, workshops, and tours, to run alongside the exhibition. The Zwara program, starting in tandem with “Masterpieces of Furniture Design,” will challenge designers to draw inspiration from the show.

Ōki Satō, Manga Chair #47, 2015 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin

About M7

M7 stands at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship in fashion and design in Qatar. Established by Qatar Museums and led by Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, M7 is dedicated to fostering the growth of Qatar’s creative economy. It achieves this by offering mentorship and opportunities for designers to establish thriving businesses both locally and globally. M7 also encourages the fashion and design industry to actively contribute to Qatar’s creative circular ecosystem.

M7’s initiatives encompass comprehensive incubation and mentorship programs, world-class exhibitions, pop-up events, and public discussions. Situated in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha, M7 collaborates closely with Resident Partners, including Cutting Studio, Studio 7, Scale 7, Fromm, Workinton, and Profiles, to provide a nurturing space for creatives.

Location: M7 Doha, Qatar

Dates: September 8 to December 9, 2023

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