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My eight favorite European Design Museums are…

So, are you thinking of visiting a design museum this summer? I’ve made a list of my eight favorite European design museums. I’ve been to all of them and had a great time this morning looking back at all the pictures I took over the last few years. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them. Enjoy!

Favorite European Design Museum #1 – Designmuseum Gent

I froze my ass off in Belgium early January 2013, but the fantastic collection at Designmuseum Gent made me feel all warm inside! I’m going back there later this summer to see De Invasie on Display – should be interesting!

You can find more pictures I took at Designmuseum Gent here and here!

Favorite European Design Museums / Designmuseum GentChantilly credenza by Pieter De Bruyne

Favorite European Design Museums / Designmuseum GentLots of scorching hot Memphis Design in Gent – like this Kandissi sofa by Alessandro Mendini

Favorite European Design Museums / Designmuseum GentSwoon! The Pyramid cabinet by Shiro Kuramata.

Favorite European Design Museum #2 – Designmuseum Danmark

I definitely want to go back to Copenhagen some time soon – I had way too little time the first time I was there in May 2013. High on the list is another trip to Designmuseum Danmark – take a look at the pictures I took and I’m sure you’ll say: Interiorator, I understand you completely!

Want to see all the pictures I took at Designmuseum Danmark? Then click on this link. And then on this link. 

Favorite European Design Museums / Designmuseum DanmarkOMG – I don’t even know where to begin!

Favorite European Design Museums / Designmuseum DanmarkAntibes cabinet by George Sowden

Favorite European Design Museums / Designmuseum DanmarkThis Hans Wegner chair is so hip it’s not even funny anymore

Favorite European Design Museum #3 – Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris

Every time I’m in Paris, I drop by the Arts Décoratifs. And who can blame me? It’s housed in the overwhelming Louvre and it has some of the best design exhibitions in the world. The last time I was in Paris, I only had a couple of hours of free time and found out this museum is closed on Mondays. Which meant I couldn’t see the Fornasetti exhibition. I definitely don’t like Mondays.

You can find more of my pictures from the Arts Décoratifs here and here. Oh, and here as well. 

Favorite European Design Museums / Musée des Arts DécoratifsThis is the kind of stuff I live for!

Favorite European Design Museums / Musée des Arts DécoratifsStep into my office!

Roger-Tallon-EssilorThe Arts Décoratifs also has a great online archive – which is where I dug up this 1983 picture of a Roger Tallon for Essilor eyewear prototype. Forget the Mona Lisa – this is an instant classic!

Favorite European Design Museum #4 – The Groninger Museum

What’s a Groningen? I hear my American readers think. Well Yankees, Groningen is a town in the northern part of the Netherlands and houses a great museum designed by Alessandro Mendini.

Want to see more? You’ve got it!

Favorite European Design Museums / Groninger MuseumThe famous staircase at the entrance of the Groninger Museum is pretty cool…

Favorite European Design Museums / Groninger Museum…although you have to admit this hidden gem doesn’t look too shabby either!

Favorite European Design Museums / Groninger Museum  Who wouldn’t want to take a dump here?Favorite European Design Museums / Groninger MuseumAnd let’s not forget the design on display!

Favorite European Design Museum #5 – Kunsthal Rotterdam

Not necessarily a musem but more a temporary art exhibition space – but who cares when this beauty is practically around the corner from where you live? The Kunsthal in Rotterdam is one of the most famous early designs by Rem Koolhaas and was the home a while ago of a great Pastoe retrospective.

Pastoe was at Kunsthal. And so was Jean-Paul Gaultier.

 The Pastoe exhibition at the Kunsthal Rotterdam was a playground for design aficionados like meFavorite European Design Museums / The Kunsthal in Rotterdam

Favorite European Design Museums / The Kunsthal in Rotterdam Only in Rotterdam!Favorite European Design Museums / The Kunsthal in RotterdamSome great Pastoe chairs!

Favorite European Design Museum #6 – The Reina Sofia in Madrid

Okay, so technically I wasn’t at the Reina Sofia in Madrid last summer. Rather, I was at the Palacio de Cristal which at the time hosted an exhibition called Splendide Hotel.

Favorite European Design Museums / Palacio de Cristal in Madrid It was like one million degrees in here but I soldiered on! Favorite European Design Museums / Palacio de Cristal in Madrid Taking great pictures here was like shooting fish in a barrelPalacio de Cristal 05MELT!

Favorite European Design Museum #7 – Paleis Het Loo

Great news if you enjoyed the Royal Showpieces exhibition at Paleis Het Loo as much as I did last year! There’s going be a sequel called Royal Showpieces II and it will be opening this September. Woohoo!

Here and here and here are all the pictures I took last time around.

Favorite European Design Museums / Royal Showpieces at Paleis Het LooA dress by Jan Taminiau at Paleis Het LooFavorite European Design Museums / Royal Showpieces at Paleis Het LooOld and new design came together at Het Loo last year

MischerTraxler-PCM-Design-Reversed-Volumes-11.-Photo-Jara-Varela-1-mbLooking forward to seeing Reversed Volumes by Mischer Traxler / PCM Design at Het Loo later this year! (Photo by  JaraVarela by the way)

Favorite European Design Museum #8 – Victoria & Albert London

The problem with big museums is that they tend to get really crowded whenever there’s a popular exhibition. Case in point: the David Bowie retrospective at the Victoria & Albert two years ago. The line was so god-damned long I decided to skip the exhibition altogether. And it’s a good thing I did, otherwise I wouldn’t have discovered the amazing ceramics department.

More V&A here and here. 

Favorite European Design Museums / Victoria and Albert Museum London Victor Vasarely vase, I want you so bad! Favorite European Design Museums / Victoria and Albert Museum London As I said, some great modern ceramics at the V&A…Favorite European Design Museums / Victoria and Albert Museum London Favorite European Design Museums / Victoria and Albert Museum London…although this classic kitsch overload was also fun and a half!

What are your favorite design museums? Share your tips in the Facebook comments section below this epic blogpost!

 

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