Today we are going on a very special tour of Europe’s design museums. We will travel to 6 of the best design museums in the old continent. We are not going to tell you which one is our favourite, only if you guess 😉
Located in the town of Weil am Rhein, this is one of the world’s leading museums for industrial design and architecture. The Vitra Design Museum shows us the past and present of design. The museum houses temporary collections and hosts events on architecture, design and art. In the main building, by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, there are two exhibitions per year and simultaneously, the Vitra Design Museum Gallery includes smaller exhibitions and experimental projects.
In interior of Holland we can enjoy the wonderful city of Utrecht, where we design devotees just must make a stop. The Centraal Museum houses all kinds of collections, from the city’s historical art, dating from 1850, to current designs and art. An added attraction is the Rietveld Schröder House, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and contains the world’s largest collection of Rietveld designs.
The capital city of London has one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe on the banks of the River Thames. It was the first to be exclusively devoted to the design of mass-produced products. The aim of the Design Museum of London is to show visitors modern design from a different point of view, making the visit both entertaining and instructive. As the museum itself says, “the visitor experiences something different.” What is more, this museum presents the “Designer of the year” award, which has gone to such prestigious designers as Jamie Hewlett and Jonathan Ive.
We are not getting a plane to our next destination yet because we are staying in London, this time at the TATE Modern, one of the four that make up the group of TATE museums along with the Britain, Liverpool and St. Ives. Its location is unusual because its works are exhibited in the old Bankside Power Station. It has its temporary exhibitions but also has a permanent gallery that exhibits renowned artists from the twentieth century. It is perhaps the most artistic of all the museums we include here. However, we also must mention the fifth floor with a very, very attractive exhibition of design from a conceptual models and minimalist ideas and concepts perspective.
This laboratory-museum was created in 1923 to promote the design and development of Italian architecture. The Triennale Foundation, located in the Palazzo Dell’Arte, Milan, is a major reference point for designs in Italy. The museum has a small permanent display of over 1000 design objects, from the post-war period until the present day. This museum also has temporary exhibitions devoted to cutting-edge design from Milan. Its access bridge is remarkable.
A place of pilgrimage for all the world’s designers: the Bauhaus Museum in Berlin was pioneered by the founding architect of the Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius. It is a twentieth century benchmark institution which is both a research centre and a museum. It combines permanent and temporary exhibitions that include everything related to architecture, design, art and photography.
The tour of design museums is a different way of seeing Europe and its capitals of design. Have you already guessed which one is our favourite?
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