We use them every day. They influence our lives. They number in the billions.
They are so common that we rarely even think about them: the Hidden Heroes of everyday life.
Be it a dowel, a tea bag or a zipper, these objects are classics.
Typically based on an idea that was both simple and ingenious, they have often remained essentially unaltered for decades.
Due to their constancy, efficient use of materials and great utility, they are the utmost examples of sustainability and functional aesthetics.
With the exhibition "Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things", the Vitra Design Museum and Hi-Cone present 35 of these everyday classics, telling about their history and demonstrating the enormous significance they have today, both conceptually and economically.
The Hidden Heroes are pure manifestations of their function.
They do their job without clamouring for attention. That's what makes them so appealing.
Almost without anyone noticing, they have set standards: in the way that we dress, in the way that we eat, in our means of transportation, and in our daily work.
It is also worthwhile to take a closer look at these objects because their stories offer insights into the larger context of cultural and industrial history.
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