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Design Museum
Design Museum
#About the Design Museum of London, a Museum of Useful Arts

The Design Museum is situated in what was in the 1940's a... banana warehouse. It was later converted into a building and became a museum.

This is one of the most popular museums in London, and for a good reason. It focuses on industrial design, fashion design and architecture.

The building is comprised of 3 floors, each room has a different design concept, including the bathroom. Temporary exhibitions fill the first floor. The second floor is designed as a swimming pool, and on the third floor the permanent exhibitions, which presents the history of design in England, as well as an educational center for design.

Yet along with historical matters, the London Design Museum is known for its openness to innovations in art and design. A large sum of money is given to designers each year as a prize. This award is now considered the most prestigious in the world of design. Renowned designers submit their candidacy every year and regard it as a great honor and proof of their professionalism.

However, at times, the Design Museum often receives press that is unlinked to innovation and creativity, or remotely linked to art. From time to time, the often switch of directors and curators has brought about publicity. Surprisingly, there is a lot of passion and fervor surrounding this event. It lead to many arguments regarding artistic matters, the tension between art and usability and sometimes simply the character of the design museum. Every manager brings his own agenda and the rumpus continues...

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Royal Delft
Royal Delft
#About the Delft Museum and Artworks

The Royal Delft factory (Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles) is an ancient factory that works in the same methods as 300 years ago. Paintings on the porcelain are painted by the artists.

After a year, the trainees can draw simple examples in the factory, and three years later they are considered painters. Only after 10 years of work in the profession do they reach the level of professional accolades.

The traditional and precise examples are produced by the factory's artists thanks to stencil patterns, such as old-fashioned duplicating machines. The pattern is pasted by the artist into the bright ceramics, and from there the outline of the painting is transferred, a sort of thin sketch. On it the painters paint with brushes and strengthen the painting and then paint in a variety of shades of blue. The blue shades are obtained through the dilution of water into the paint. Then the dish is burned in the kilnt at a very high temperature. Thus the color is fixed for many years.

The museum features a selection of decorated dishes and household items prepared for the Dutch royal family.

The museum features two videos showing the way the factory operates. Children will be able to enjoy a drawing workshop on ceramics, and you can see the artists at work and other demonstrations, several times a day.


If it looks expensive, you do not have to buy here. In stores in the city you can buy cheaper products.

The entrance fee is 8.5 euros for children over 13 years old, and adults 13.5 euros. Children enter for free.

#About the Painted Tiles that Became the Symbol of the City of Delft

The Dutch city of Delft is known for its unique ceramic tiles. These ceramic tiles are beautifully decorated, usually in shades of blue and white. The long history of the Delft tiles stretches over hundreds of years. These tiles, like other decorated vases, were widely used in palaces, churches, and wealthy homes throughout Europe.

The traditional Delft tiles were produced mainly in Delft, Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries. Their sources of inspiration were ceramics brought in by merchants from China and some from Japan. The Dutch admired the Chinese china. They explored and began to imitate the beautifully decorated vases, urns, trays and porcelain plates. But the talent did its work and soon the tiles and painted dishes received a local Dutch style. Soon enough, they won all over Europe and their own imitations.

The subjects of the paintings also became related to the Dutch life of the time. Among them were typical Dutch motifs and daily descriptions. Particularly prominent were paintings of animals, flowers, professionals, children's games, soldiers, cavalry, boats, ships, landscapes, mythological creatures, angels and biblical scenes.

The Delft tiles were appreciated throughout Europe. They were rich in images and beautiful in the meticulous work of Delft artists. With them, an industry developed of white and glazed clay vessels decorated with blue. Today, the artists produce less tiles and more often paint on clay pots. The ancient tiles have become very valuable and are traded at very large sums of money.

#About the City of Delft

Beyond being the white and blue porcelain city, Delft is a calm, ancient Dutch town. Here, illustrious painter Johannes Vermeer, the famous artist of light and lighting, worked his whole life.

Apart from its ornate porcelain factories, the main experiences in the market square of Delft's Old Town are the climb to the tall Nieuwe Kerk tower in the Netherlands and the visit to its white porcelain shops.

Delft acquired the knowledge of its porcelain industry from Chinese porcelain vessels brought by the Dutch sailors from far away China. It was the Chinese who invented this art and were excellent artists. At first the Delft artists copied the paintings and decorations from the Chinese delicate china and porcelain. But the imitation of Chinese products was not long lasting. Gradually, Delft's artists exchanged Chinese decorations on their pottery with decorations depicting European themes and motifs from life in Holland and its surroundings. From here Delft became famous for its painted porcelain dishes, the ever-increasing buyers and the reputation of its painted and decorated tiles and dishes, and became famous throughout Europe.

The city's name derives from the Dutch word "digging," due to the digging of canals that are so common in the city of Delft.

Here are Delft's Painted Clay Factories:

Muse Cognacq-Jay
Cognacq-Jay Museum
#About the Museum

The Cognacq-Jay Museum (Musée Cognacq-Jay) is a museum of decorative art items.

The museum was once a private collection of the couple Marie-Louise and Ernest Cognacq. Ernest Cognacq has founded many shops and commercial centers in the city, including La Samaritan, which is characterized by the metal architecture of the new Art Deco wave. They carefully collected the furniture and artifacts from 1900 till 1925. After their death, the collection was handed over to the Paris municipality who presents it to the general public.

The museum is located in the Dunoon House - one of the Mare district villas. The district was built in the late 16th century and was specially renovated for the museum. Hotel Dunoon, impressive in itself is added to the long list of houses and places worth visiting in "Mara" in particular, and Paris in general.

The museum contains an extraordinary collection of decorative art items, about 1,200 items in total, with an emphasis on 18th century France, from European and Chinese ceramics, jewelry and snuff boxes, through paintings by Louis-Leopold Baui, Francois Boucher and sculptures and furniture. The 17th century is also represented, especially in Rembrandt's paintings. The 19th century is represented by the works of Camille Coro, Paul Cezanne and Edgar Degas.

The paintings of Mila are especially exciting, which are displayed on the second floor. They accurately describe the life of the Parisian bourgeoisie in the days of King Louis the 16th and the gardens in which the bourgeoisie spent much of their time. You can also see the furniture and artifacts used by the bourgeoisie during the Age of Enlightenment.

The museum manages to recreate the spirit of the times and that's what makes the visit so special.

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Museu del Disseny de Barcelona
Design Museum of Barcelona
#About the Museum

The Design Museum of Barcelona operates for the good of the design world as a museum and lab. In the wonderful museum there is a focus on 4 departments: interior design, product design, information design, and fashion. The museum was built by Arquitectes MBM, and you can find collections that combine exhibits from different museums: Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum for Ceramics, Textile and Clothing Museum, and the Museum of Graphic Arts.

The history of Barcelona has always been tied to design, and there were a few museums where one could learn about the world of design. In 2000 it was decided to combine all the museums and build one center, that will enable the public to study and understand design in a much deeper experience. The building of the museum began in 2009. In 2013 construction was completed, and the museum was opened to visitors in 2014. All the collections having to do with the world of design were brought here and the museum was built in the building in Plaça de les Glòries Square.

The new building succeeds in creating ideal conditions for preserving, renovating and showing exhibits. The building is made of two parts - a basement level and a level at the height of 14.5 meters above ground.

Notice the special design and the angles of the building, especially from the outside. In building the exterior, two main elements were used: stone, and glass. The museum is a meeting point for people from the design industry. Its main purpose is to encourage research and financial activities having to do with design.

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Design Museums

#About the Vienna Design Museum

Despite its definition as a museum of applied art, the Vienna Design Museum is absolutely the official design museum of Vienna. It is located in an impressive 19th-century building, which was once an established art school. It was built between the years 1868-1871 and today it is one of the oldest museums in Europe with top quality.

The permanent collections are displayed in various halls in the museum, each with its own style, such as the Renaissance, the Baroque or the Eastern Deco style. In the more modern design rooms, you will see works by some of the greatest designers of the 20th century.

You will also find furniture, glass art, porcelain, silver and textile items, as well as antique carpets, furniture from a variety of materials and more. These were collected from the Middle Ages to the present.

From time to time there are activities and training sessions that you can join together with children. If you like designer items, the museum's gift shop is perfect for you, even if it is not cheap.

If you are travelling with children and you want some rest, the outdoor garden will provide you with some pleasant and refreshing air for an hour or so.

Pay attention to the amazing wooden furniture by Michael Thonet, a Jewish man who invented the technique of wood bending by heat in the early 19th century and created the classic chair, which was then a breakthrough, chair number 14. Also look for Gustav Klimt's gold-plated works for the Stoclet Palais in Brussels.


Entrance for young adults under the age of 19 is free.
On Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm the entrance is free for everyone!

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Muse des Arts dcoratifs
Museum of Decorative Arts
#About the Museum

The Museum of Decorative Arts (Musée des Arts Décoratifs) presents useful art, from the Middle Ages to the present. It is located near the Louvre Museum and actually includes four museums:

The Museum of Design - displays products from the Roman age until today.

The Museum of Antique Furniture - presents furniture from different historical times.

The Museum of Textile and Fashion - includes costumes from the 14th century and displays French fashion over the years.

The Museum of Advertising - presents more than 20,000 posters from the 30's to today.

Every year the exhibits are renewed with more than 2,000 items, and alternating exhibitions are held.

The museum, which was founded in 1877, is very large and contains tens of thousands of items that tell the development story of various fashions, tastes and preferences of people in the different times, as reflected in their houses and daily objects. The museum also offers guided tours and lectures on various subjects.

Among the exhibits you can find glassware and ceramics, works of art, jewelry, furniture, wall coverings, paintings, ornaments, pictures and decoration, toys and in general - beds and beddings from different periods, blankets and pillows, cupboards, tools and lampshades. In fact, you can find in the museum all the usual things a home needs, with an emphasis on design and decoration.

The modern part of the display is not as large as the older parts, but new items are added to it all the time. At the moment you can find for example, works by 20th century designers such as designer bedrooms, an Art Deco style apartment, or a decorated living room by George Honchel. On the third floor you will find toys.

The museum also has a large library on a separate floor with books and many materials on the subject of design. As usual, there is also a shop with design items and things designed for sale.

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Triennale Design Museum
#The Museum of Design, Art and Architecture

Even if now it has a lot of competition around the world, many see the city of Milan as the design capital of Italy and perhaps of all of Europe. So, it is only natural that its design museum will be particularly impressive.

Indeed, the Triennale Museum of Design and Architecture is one of the world's most regarded museums for design, art and contemporary architecture. Its main goal is to present the Italian design that has become famous around the world. An innovative and contrasted design whose flourishing period started at the beginning of the 20th century and carries out to this today.

There are plenty of impressive displays from the best contemporary artists and Italian designers from the past and present, along with superior furniture designers from around the world.
From the museum collection, you will learn about the diversity and innovation that has characterized Italian design throughout the generations. There is a clear illustration of the field of design as a fascinating combination of art, industry, aesthetics and usability, and how Milan and Italy have become so successful in the global and modern design scene.

You can wander through the permanent exhibits in Triennale. But here, throughout the year, temporary exhibitions of design, art and architecture are also held alongside various events in those worlds.
Give yourselves a few minutes to drink coffee in the museum' s designer café, on chairs that are iconic in the history of the design world. Do not miss out on the museum's shop, with its range of designer products, along with design books, architecture and modern art. A visit to Triennale is a must for all lovers of design in general and the glorious Italian design in particular.


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