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!
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!
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.
The 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!
…although you have to admit this hidden gem doesn’t look too shabby either!
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.
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 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!
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.
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