The collection of the Vitra Design Museum comprises some 3,000 objects and is one of the most significant of its kind. It contains examples of all the important styles making up modern furniture design from the start of industrial mass production via designs from the functionalist modern age to post-modern creations. For research purposes the museum also has at its disposal an extensive specialist library as well as archives housing contemporary photographs, drawings, patent documents, posters and furniture catalogs. Grouped according to the main topics of technology, construction, reduction, organic design, decoration and furniture programs, the most important collection items spanning 150 years of furniture design are presented in great detail: chairs and armchairs, chaise longues and stools, tables and desks, landscaped interiors and shelves. Copies of the original documents and detailed texts reveal the special feature of each design. The book contains a comprehensive bibliography and biographies of the designers.