Vitsoe exhibition A Sense of Belongings

In 1970, industrial designer Dieter Rams drafted a design manifesto that proclaimed ‘good design is long-lasting’. Vitsœ, the furniture company that Rams co-founded in 1959, celebrates this epithet for London Design Festival (LDF) this year, with ‘A Sense of Belongings’, a collection of over 20 treasured possessions that have been used, repaired, and cherished for many years by some of Vitsœ’s customers and friends.

On show until Saturday 6thOctober at the Vitsœ store on Duke Street in Marylebone Design District, this eclectic selection of enduring design objects will be displayed on Rams’ iconic 606 Universal Shelving System which launched in 1960 and have themselves become a stalwart feature of many a creative’s space.

Editor and Creative Director Tony Chambers bought his pair of Church’s brogues (pictured below) back in 1987. After a ‘super-service’ from the legendary British shoe brand six years ago and a recent re-soling, they are still in remarkably good condition, and sport a rich patina.

Church's brogues, Tony Chambers, Vitsoe exhibition

Church’s brogues owned by Tony Chambers from A Sense of Belongings exhibition, Vitsoe, Marylebone Design District

Arts business consultant Vanessa Swann worked closely with weaver Mary Restieaux for many years when she was gallery manager at the British Crafts Centre. In the late 1980s she bought an ikat-weave sash made by Restieaux, and although she has worn it often, and it has retained its shape and colour due to the quality of the fabric. For Swann, it symbolises the high level of craft skill and design in the UK, which she strives to champion.

Ikat-weave sash by weaver Mary Restieaux

Ikat-weave sash, owned by Vanessa Swann, from A Sense of Belongings exhibition, Vitsoe, Marylebone Design District


Another highlight of the exhibition is a Shirogami #1 Gyuto Japanese knife which chef Will Leigh uses every day. Because the steel blade rusts, it needs to be maintained regularly, kept in a saya, or sheath, and sharpened with a whetstone.

Shirogami #1 Gyuto Japanese knife owned by chef Will Leigh

Japanese knife owned by chef Will Leigh from A Sense of Belongings exhibition, Vitsoe, Marylebone Design District



Marylebone Design District is coordinated by The Howard de Walden Estate and The Portman Estate, the two central London estates that together protect and promote the wider Marylebone area for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. Both estates – which also work in partnership with the area’s Business Improvement Districts, Baker Street Quarter Partnership and Marble Arch London – have sought to develop an environment in which creative businesses can thrive. The District is supported by the Marylebone Journal, the area’s bi-monthly publication, which is distributed to 20,000 addresses in the West End.

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