How many times during your travels have you said, “I have to return to this country one day”? Exciting journeys are those when you know that you need to come back and explore more. We have been experiencing this feeling for the past months, since we have started our VITA lighting European Tour.
We visited several wonderful countries and fascinating cities, and every time we left we knew that we need to come back. Encouraged by all the positive reactions and the genuine excitement of the people who visited our VITA Van, we realised that there is much more left to be explored both by us and by our customers.
That is why we are on our way to Germany again! And our travel agenda for next week includes five beautiful towns that our VITA lighting European Tour will visit.
If it’s Monday, it’s Paderborn! A lovely city situated in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, Paderborn boasts an exciting “treasure” – it hosts the largest computer museum in the world, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum museum. Are we going to visit it? That we can’t promise you yet, but what we can definitely promise you is a place where to find us. If you are in Paderborn on Monday, November 16, meet us at Finke (Paderbornerstraße 97), between 14:00 and 20:00.
On Tuesday, November 17, we are going to be in Kassel, a beautiful city located on the Fulda River in northern Hesse and home of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest European hillside park. And if your childhood was enchanted by the Brothers Grimm’s stories, you would probably be excited to know that they both lived in this city. Where are we going to be found? At Finke (Albert-Einstein-Straße 4), between 14:00 and 20:00.
The following day, on Wednesday, the roads will take us to Münster, a city known as the cultural centre of the Westphalia region and the bicycle capital of Germany. They say there are around 2 bicycles per inhabitant in Münster. We add something new – one VITA Van parked for one day at Finke (Haus Uhlenkotten 28), between 14:00 and 20:00.
On Thursday, November 19, we will be hitting the road to Hamm, a wonderful city located in the north-eastern part of the Ruhr area. Visit us at Finke (Unnaer Straße 35), between 14:00 and 20:00.
Friday and Saturday will find us in Mainz, a city with a rich cultural heritage. It’s hard not to wonder how different our world would be today if it wasn’t for Johann Gutenberg, the man who invented the printing press in the 1450's and who printed, in Mainz, the first book to ever be printed. Hence, we are delighted to tell you that you can find us at Toscana (Leichhof 7-9), on both November 20 and November 21, from 10:00 to 18:00.
Where are we heading afterwards? Check out the places we visit here!
Belgium, we meet again! After visiting Genk and Lier earlier this month, we are now heading to Ghent, a beautiful city with a fascinating fusion of history, culture, art, architecture, modern life and… joie de vivre.
Described by Lonely Planet as “Europe’s best kept secret”, Ghent is all about light. Not only that it has a Light festival which takes place every three years, but it is the only city with a lighting plan. When the sun sets, thousands of lights are illuminating the buildings and streets in a magical way, creating a playful ground for light and shadows, accents and lines. Carefully crafted by the lighting designer Roland Jéol, Gent’s lighting plan was awarded 3 stars by the Michelin guide.
Since Gent shares our passion for beautiful and smart light, it was only natural to host our VITA lighting European Tour. So here we are! Buckled up and ready to visit Ghent!
Find us at Bietini Design (Brabantdam 88, 9000 Gent, Belgium). When? Friday, October 30, from 10:00 to 21:00, and from Saturday, October 31, until Monday, November 2, every day between 10:00 – 18:00.
After our visit in Ghent, we will linger for a while in Belgium. On November 6, we will visit Liège, or la cité ardente (the fervent city), as its nickname suggests. You can visit us at Audace au Pluriel (Rue Saint-Remy 23), between 12:00 – 18:00.
The following day, on November 7, we will be heading to Antwerp, the most populated city in Flanders, and home to the Port of Antwerp, one of the biggest in the world. Find us at MOOSE in the CITY (IJzerenwaag 10), from 10:00 to 18:30.
Our last destination in Belgium is Geel. Our VITA Van will be hosted by Freetime (Antwerpseweg 60), between 10:00 – 17:00.
What is our next destination after Belgium? Check the places we visit here!
A symphony of colours, contrasts and forms – this is Barbara Bachhuber’s artistic universe. Her artworks – paintings, illustrations or graphic designs – have a beautiful sense of joy, harmony and fantasy.
Barbara was our artist for a good cause in Munich, where she imprinted her creativity on one of our Silvia lamps that will be auctioned at the end of our VITA lighting European Tour.
You have been a passionate artist, focusing on illustration, painting and graphic design, for more than 10 years. What fascinates you about this?
There is no time period in my life where I haven’t been creative. Drawing and painting has been my passion since childhood. My imagination has always created pictures in my mind. For me it is fantastic to bring those pictures to life, outside of my mind, and to share them with other people. I love the combination of being a graphic designer & illustrator and also an artist. Both professions benefit very much from each other.
What is your artistic “playground”?
The aesthetic combination of colours, contrast and forms in connection with realistic and detailed elements would be my artistic „playground“. There must be a good balance between harmony and excitement.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration could happen anywhere in my environment and could be triggered by anything. A very vague answer… The inspiration is not projectable. It appears most likely when my mind is relaxed and clear of thoughts and when my eyes are awake to notice the environment beyond the first glance. The creative thought occurs from its own, a first flash that can be formed into a good idea.
Most of your paintings seem to have an emphasis on 3-4 main colours and their shades. How do you choose them? Do you have or plan to have some “signature” colours?
There are no special “signature” colours, but I prefer to use colours which are not too loud. Again it is important for me to have exciting but realistic contrasts between the colours. In my graphic design and illustration projects, the colours are planned before and synchronized. In my acrylic paintings, the choice of the colours happens more spontaneously and during the painting process, for example caused through mixtures.
What messages do you want your paintings to send?
My paintings are full of thoughts telling a story to the observer. The moment fascinates me very much. There could be so much “content” in a short moment but we need more than a short and maybe hectic moment to get this story.
You imprinted a bit of your creative universe on a VITA Silvia. Can you tell us the story behind the painting you made on our lamp?
The lamp reminds me of a plant with many single leaves. I have modified the typical texture into abstract forms and lines. Each leave has a different structure as it is in nature, too. I used black, white and cooper as main colours and two different green tones as accent colours and fresh contrast to the elegant main colour combination.
What inspired you to be VITA’s artist for a good cause in Munich?
VITA reached out to me and asked if I would like to be the artist for Munich on their Lighting European Tour. I liked the idea to paint on a VITA designer lamp which is made of different elements that will be placed together and auctioned for a charity project.
If you were to send a message to the people who will bid on your creation, what would it be?
Explore your environment with open eyes. Take your time to really look at it, not only a glance, and perceive it without superficiality and prejudices.
Colourful tulip fields, great bike lanes, charming windmills, and, of course, the one and only… VITA Van. These days we are continuing our VITA lighting European Tour in the Netherlands.
Since there are lots of wonderful people to reach to, interesting places to visit, beautiful designs to show, and exciting events to plan, we have decided to stay a bit longer. You can find us in the Netherlands starting today, October 9, and until Sunday, October 18.
We are starting our tour in Hoorn, a beautiful harbour town in the province of North Holland. Visit us today at Bot Meubelen (Doctor C.J.K. van Aalstweg 8B).
Tomorrow, October 10, we will be packing our bags and go to Baarn, in the lovely province of Utrecht. A favourite residential place for the royal family, Baarn will be our home until Friday, October 16. Who is going to be our host? Nijhof (Minervaweg 3).
On Sunday, October 11, we are going for a 1-day expedition in the southern part of the Netherlands. We will be visiting Breda, and our VITA Van will find its spotlight at Lampidee (Kruisvoort 62).
And since we will be spending another exciting weekend in the Netherlands, our final destination will be Zutphen, a charming town in the province of Gelderland. Hope you can join us at Eijerkamp (Gerritsenweg 11).
What’s the next adventure? Find out here!
The only Grand Duchy in the world, the small but fascinating country of Luxembourg, is our next destination for the VITA lighting European Tour. And we can’t wait to discover it!
We are excited to add this landlocked “gem” on our tour map not only because it is a splendid and captivating country full of contrasts – from the fusion of Latin and Germanic culture, to the rich history and beautiful modernity – but it will be the home of an exciting event as well: the Foyer Light Run!
Hold on 3rd of October, in the evening and until late in the night, the first edition of the Foyer Light Run invites everyone to “venez vivre une expérience unique” (enjoy a unique experience). The event promises to be a glowing night to remember, a fusion between a 6 km running event, a one-day festival and a late-night shopping event. All in a dazzling setting, where fluorescent sticks, bright lights, party music, crazy outfits and lots of fun and good mood will surround the whole event.
And yes, the VITA Van will put its “running wheels” and bring its beautiful VITA design lights to Luxembourg for the Foyer Light Run event. We will be on Promenade de la Sûre, between checkpoint 8 and 9. When? Saturday, 3rd of October, from 18:00 to 22:00. Hope you will join us!
It's hard not to fall in love with Belgium! This small and lovely country has a rich culture and history, full of fascinating facts and world’s records, from being the globe’s main diamond centre (in Antwerp) to being the 1st exporter of chocolate in the world.
And since we are all about roads and trips these days, we were thrilled to discover and drive on the country’s motorway. After all, due to the massive amount of lights, the Belgian highway system is the only man-made structure visible by night from the Moon. Moreover, Belgium is in the top 3 countries worldwide with the most vehicles per square kilometres, and it has the highest density of roads and railroads in the world.
This is at least one more reason why we love Belgium – it is our home these days for the VITA lighting European Tour. Today, October 2, we are visiting Genk, a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg, between Antwerp and Liège. It is also the country’s youngest city and an example of multiculturalism, with more than half of the inhabitants having foreign origins.
In Genk, you can find us only today, at Prenuptia (Hasseltweg 240). Our “showroom on wheels”, the VITA Van, will gladly show you our brand new designs from 12:00 to 18:00.
On Sunday, October 4, you can visit us in Lier, also nicknamed the "Little Bruges". You can spot us, during the same hours as in Genk, at Gero Wonen (Aarschotsesteenweg 151). Hope to see you all! But if somehow our paths won’t cross these days in Belgium, we have another great news: we will come back! From October 30 and until November 7, we will be in Gent and Antwerp. Find out the exact dates and locations here!
After almost 17 days, seven cities and 3.000 km on the road, it was hard to leave the beautiful France, especially since we visited some of the most charming and romantic cities in the world.
We started our French adventure in Paris, the city of love and chic fashion. For 5 days, during September 4-8, our VITA Van found its place inside the MAISON&OBJET trade show, one of the main exhibitions focused on interior design and the art of living. From Paris we went to Tours, where Pascale White, a talented local painter visited us and unfolded her creative universe on a VITA Silvia lamp. We then head towards the ocean to visit Rouen and Carnac. The road took us to the enchanting Nice and the magical Lyon, where Damien Mollet, a very bright artist, created an exciting illustration on one Silvia lamp, part of the project “Artists for a good cause”. Our French romance ended in the lovely town of Cluses.
We surely loved France, but our neighbor Germany was calling us. So here we are, on the road again. And we are delighted to share some tour news with you: tomorrow, September 24, we will arrive in Munich the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, and the proud home to the famous Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival.
So come visit us in Munich! We have planned various events and we will introduce some of our newest lighting designs. Moreover, Barbara Bachhuber, a local graphic designer and illustrator, with an enormous talent for painting, will join us as our first artist for a good cause in Germany.
Where to find the VITA Van tomorrow, September 24? At “Who’s Perfect” – Landsberger Straße 350, 80687 München. We will be there between 12.00 and 19.00, and afterwards we will head to Stuttgart (Maybachstraße 16) and Wiesbaden (Mainzer Straße 112). Check out the places we visit here!
After Lyon, the road took us to the Rhône-Alpes region in the south-eastern part of France. Cluses, our last destination in France, is our home today, September 19.
For those who haven’t yet been here but are wondering why this town sounds familiar, we are going to shed some light. Situated between Geneva and Chamonix, Cluses has become a popular tourist and winter sports destination due to its Alpine ski slopes. Moreover, even though now it accounts for only a small portion of the city’s industry, clockmaking has been one of the main local activity, supplying the major watchmaking centers of Geneva.
We hope you can join us in Cluses! We will be at Coeur de Maison, 18 Rue du Pré Bénévix, from 13.00 until 17.00. What’s next for the VITA Van? Germany, starting next week! Check out here the places we visit!
Lyon has a special place in our hearts, and that is due to so many good reasons, one of them being the fact that it earned the title of Capital of Lights. Yes, we are all about light.
Each year, this vibrant city celebrates La Fête des Lumières, its famous light festival, when, for four days, the whole place is covered in light, from the candles placed by the Lyonnaises at their charming windows, to the majestic light shows that you can find throughout different landmarks protected by UNESCO. And speaking of Lumière, did you know that the entire history of cinema pays a tribute to Lyon? Here, in 1895, the Lumière brothers opened the path and pioneered the cinema industry with their first cinematograph. Moreover, Lyon is a major cultural, commercial, industrial and banking center, famous as well for its biotech and software industries.
Chapeau, Lyon, for being a home to so many good things! And for being our home too! For two days, September 17 & 18, the VITA Lighting European Tour stops in Lyon. We hope you can join us!