For inspiration and relaxation, nothing beats a leisurely stroll around a design museum. From classic to quirky, here is our guide to the best international design museums around the globe for all your Culture Vultures:
1. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Frank Gehry designed the striking white, deconstructivist building, itself a reason to visit. Its collection takes in modern furniture design from the nineteenth century onwards.
2. Design Museum, London
2014 is the 25th birthday of the Design Museum. Founded by Terence Conran, its galleries celebrate the talent of the world’s best designers and architects.
3. The Bauhaus Archives, Berlin
The museum itself is designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture.
4. Design Museum, Helsinki
Its impressive collection features over 75,000 objects from the fields of industrial, fashion and graphic design.
5. The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Contemporary art and design are showcased in two buildings, one old and one modern, interconnected by an enclosed yellow “tube” containing two escalators.
6. Design museum, Copenhagen
Specialising in Scandinavian design, it has fascinating collections of label designs and packaging.
7. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, New York (National Design Museum)
Founded in 1897 as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, today it’s exhibitions include more than 217,000 design objects and a design library boasting more than 80,000 volumes.
8. MoMA, New York
The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the leading museum of modern art in the world. It is included in this list because bound in to its ethos is that modern art involves all forms of visual expression, including architecture and design.
9. The Geffrye Museum, London
Immerse yourself in over 400 years of history of the home, and understand how homes and gardens reflect changes in society, style and taste.
10. Korea Furniture Museum, Seoul
This exclusive, appointment-only museum rotates its collection of 1392-1910 furniture into houses that accurately depict the styles of each era. Stunning views of the city from its mountain top location.
Hope our guide has helped and inspired!
The Team at Cimmermann
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