Calling all furniture enthusiasts, one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of designer furnishings is coming to Qatar for a three-month exhibition.

The event, which runs at M7 from September 8 to December 9 is being organised through Qatar Museums, in partnership with the Vitra Design Museum, Germany. Masterpieces of Furniture Design will feature works from the most important and influential names in the field such as Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Marcel Breuer and Virgil Abloh, to name just a few.

The presenting sponsor is Almana Maples which will host the Miniatures Exhibition in Msheireb Doha Design District featuring 100 classical seats in exact 1:6 miniature replicas aimed at demonstrating the significance of design and its important role in the industrial production process. The company will also be putting on a small-scale roadshow – The Original Comes from Vitra – at M7’s creative learning space.

Curated by Dr Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition will illustrate 200-plus years of design evolution through 52 iconic pieces of modern furniture from the museum’s world-famous collection.

The exhibition is grouped around seven themes, including sustainable design, comfort zones and the synergy between art and design. There will also be an archive section featuring prototypes, material samples, drawings and posters giving background information on the design processes and offering context on the original uses of the pieces on show. The items displayed are all originals and they encompass well-known design movements such as Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Pop, Italian Postwar Modernism and Postmodernism as well as examples of digitisation within the furnishing sector.

Highlights will include the Broom chair by Philippe Starck, the Panton Chair by Verner Panton, the Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen and The Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen. Local artisans will also be under the spotlight with several pieces from homegrown designers joining the display at M7.

Among the items on display at the exhibition’s reading corner will be the second edition of the Atlas of Furniture Design, published by the Vitra Design Museum, which features an in-depth exploration of the history of modern furniture design.

Throughout the period of the exhibition there will be a variety of public events, workshops, masterclasses and tours allowing everyone, even those with only a passing interest in furniture design, to get engaged. ✤