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Vitsœ

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Vitsœ New York, 33 Bond Street

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

Vitsœ New York, 33 Bond Street

A 620 with a footstool designed by Dieter Rams

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

A 620 with a footstool designed by Dieter Rams

Vitsœ's cycle jersey can be seen on the left

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

Vitsœ's cycle jersey can be seen on the left

Vintage Braun pieces are sparsely displayed throughout the store

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

Vintage Braun pieces are sparsely displayed throughout the store

Left: Vitsœ's cycle jersey Right: A Memphis lamp

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

Left: Vitsœ's cycle jersey Right: A Memphis lamp

Vitsœ's E-Tracks

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

Vitsœ's E-Tracks

Vitsœ's 606 Universal Shelving System with portraits of Dieter Rams

Photo: Jordan Provost © 2009

Vitsœ's 606 Universal Shelving System with portraits of Dieter Rams

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The stretch of Bond Street between Lafayette and Bowery is no stranger to design. It’s cobblestone road can lay claim to a surfeit of attractive shops and home to the first Herzog & de Meuron building in New York. The street’s intermingling of contemporary with classic is harmonious and natural, an extension of the city’s collective swagger. Set atop the venerable Dashwood Books, one gets the feeling that there is no locale more apt for Vitsœ’s first US showroom.

To step into Vitsœ is to step into a space free of ostentation. You are buzzed in like a friend coming
by for a visit and are immediately greeted by a space resembling more of an apartment than a showroom.
Living better with less – the company’s ethos is manifest in detail through the work of Dieter Rams, one
of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century. Vitsœ’s 606 Universal Shelving System
line the walls of the space, neatly displaying books and Rams’s seminal designs for Braun – the electronics
manufacturer he joined in 1955 and was later appointed director of design. Amid notable pieces like the
TP 1 record player and 620 Chair Programme are some surprises – a wool cycling jersey hangs from a
coat rack while posters designed for Rams’ Post-war plastics exhibit are displayed. A skillful pencil sketch
on the wall and a simple sink counter add to the space’s personal, genuine setting. While ensuring nothing
feels overtly retail, the ardent team at Vitsœ provide assistance, answer questions, and help with the
occasional assembly and installation of units. There’s a true feeling of closeness for everyone working at
the space – friends working with friends. On our visit, we had the pleasure of meeting Michael Vince who
described to us the level of care and painstaking precision involved in the production of their components:
the exact alignment of pins, the secure shut of a cabinet, and the strength and simplicity of its aluminum
tracks – features that have been perfected and remain for over 50 years. At this moment, it is easy to see
why Vitsœ endures. It is simply, good.

Vitsœ reminds us all that in a world of conspicuous consumption, less is better. That by eschewing the staid,
formal environs of a retail space you can create passion. And in the end, good design triumphs.

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