We're inviting Glasgow School of Art (GSA) postgraduate design students to upcycle three Vitra classics from our Glasgow hotel, breathing new life to these timeless pieces.
We're taking three pieces of our classic Vitra furniture and inviting GSA students to redesign them using material from local supplier, Bute Fabrics. A panel of experts will then choose three winning ideas to be upcycled into truly unique items. One piece will remain at citizenM Glasgow and the other two will be up for grabs on Artsy to fund future sustainable design education at GSA. Keep checking this page to follow the full story.
meet the panel
Claudia is citizenM's design guru. She joined us in 2018 as a trained architect and now leads the global design department. Her experience includes 14 years at Nike, transforming retail spaces into true brand experiences.
Macklin is a man of many talents. He co-founded Lapland, he collaborates with SpaceKraft and his work is exhibited internationally. Today, Patrick is head of Interior design at GSA – a leading school in creative disciplines.
Christian Grosen Rasmussen
Christian is Vitra's Chief Design Officer, responsible for developing new designs while cultivating classics. His experience includes Head of Design at Fritz Hansen and Director of Design & Product Development at Muuto.
Did you hear? Sarah is the first female Editor-in-Chief at Wallpaper* – and has been since 2017. Now, she's 'Queenpin', maintaining the magazine's reign as the world’s most important design and lifestyle publication.
Unrelated to the famous author, Cat is the UK Contract Sales Manager at Bute Fabrics. The Scottish textiles company is steeped in history dating back to 1947 and takes inspiration from the country's wild, heather-covered landscapes. Cat has been with Bute Fabrics for nearly a decade.
Just in time for the digital age, the Alcove sofa was born. Its extremely high sides and back panel were fresh on the 2006 design scene – not to mention perfectly timed for Apple's first iPhone in 2007. This was no accident. The designers – brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – had already been exploring the developments of the working world when a work/life balance was budding. Not only is the Alcove comfortable, it's a stylish snug (with sound absorption) for anyone looking to focus.
Is it a question mark? Maybe a quotation? Either way, the Amoebe highback is a nod to the bold spirit of the early 70s (when it was launched). The genius behind this design is Verner Panton. He used a tubular steel construction to create a flexible, free-flowing structure and covered the seat in a fresh-from-the-sheep woollen fabric. Red's not your thing? There are more colours than the rainbow to choose from.
Eames lounge chair
A distinguished, American designer once said: "Why don't we update the old English club chair?". That designer was Charles Eames – and that's exactly what he and his wife Ray did. In 1956, their iconic Lounge Chair was launched with its come-sit-on-me cushions and immaculate leather upholstery. Today, it's one of the world's most famous furniture classics – flawless in both style and comfort.