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Memphis and more at the Design museum Gent

What a way to start the new year! As you may have read on the Interiorator Facebook page, I was in the Belgian city of Ghent last week and I must say I really, really liked it. Before last week, I only knew Ghent as the city you race past on the way to Paris – boy, was I wrong! Ghent is beautiful, Ghent is hip, Ghent is happening. Over the next days, I’m going to share with you the very best this hidden gem of a city has to offer – starting with a three-part blogpost on the excellent Design museum Gent. Oh and by the way, Gent is the Dutch and Flemish spelling of Ghent  – just so you know.

Now, I love all things Memphis. Not only because the designs are colorful tongue in cheek, but also because Memphis was a movement that challenged the status quo. No one is against anything in design nowadays, it seems. Come to think of it, out of all the designers I spoke last year, I can only think of one example. And as you can see in the pictures below, a lot of good can come from saying: Screw the establishment – let’s try something new.

I’ve included some other post-modernist design as well, just to give you an impression of the superb collection at the Design museum.

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Design Museum Gent Alcor Vase Ettore SottsassAlcor Vase by Ettore Sottsass

Swann teapot by Borek SipekSwann teapot by Borek Sipek

Pink Flower vase by Shiro KuramataPink Flower vase by Shiro Kuramata

Pink Flower vase by Shiro KuramataPink Flower vase by Shiro Kuramata

 

Vases by Alessandro MendiniVases by Alessandro Mendini

Kandissi sofa by Alessandro MendiniKandissi sofa by Alessandro Mendini

Credenza Re Design by Alessandro MendiniCredenza Re Design by Alessandro Mendini

Beverly Cabinet by Ettore SottsassBeverly Cabinet by Ettore Sottsass

Design Museum Gent 10

 

Plaza dressing table by Michael Graves (thank you Lorenz Shanti for helping me identify this piece!)

Design Museum Gent 11Freemont cabinet by Ettore Sottsass

Teddy Bear Band by Philippe StarckTeddy Bear Band by Philippe Starck

Alessi merry go roundAlessi merry go round

Design Museum Gent / Ruimtelijke Constructie nr. 3 "Piazza" by Pieter De BruyneRuimtelijke Constructie nr. 3 “Piazza” by Pieter De Bruyne

Bullsit by Wyers & BornBullsit by Wyers & Born

Design Museum Gent / Bullsit by Wyers & BornBullsit by Wyers & Born

Design Museum Gent 19Chantilly credenza by Pieter De Bruyne

 

 

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