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29 March > 9 June 2014

Dyson Design

Secrets revealed

Dyson Design secrets revealed James Dyson invented the world’s first cyclonic vacuum cleaner just over 20 years ago. Now, what started with one man and one idea has grown into a global technology company with over 1700 engineers worldwide. Just some of their inventions include revolutionary hand drying technology, bladeless fans and a digital motor that spins as fast as 110,000 rpm.

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29 March > 1 June 2014

Brilliant by Design

Czech glass and porcelain

Trendy vase, René Roubicek, Photo by Kristina Hrabětová Czech glass and porcelain are ranking among the Czech Republic’s most successful exports. A long manufacturing tradition has contributed to their current high quality and artistic excellence.
Since the mid-19th century, when showcasing their products at exhibitions around the world, Czech glass manufacturers have used designs by academically trained artists. Nowadays, artists and designers are an integral part of the entire manufacturing process.

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Partage Plus


Bronze letter holder with female figure, W. Hering, ca. 1900, inv. nr. 87/1162
© Design museum Gent – Photo Anthony De Meyere The share of Art Nouveau from Design museum Gent on Europeana has significantly increased since March: 570 records are glistening on www.europeana.eu. Herewith the original goal of 540 items has been achieved and exceeded. The selection illustrates the varied collection of Art Nouveau objects housed in the museum.

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January 2013

Cahier 3: Meesterlijk (zilver)design

De Wolfersverzameling

Cahier 3. Meesterlijk (zilver)design. De Wolfersverzameling. Ko Goubert Since 2009 Design museum Gent sheds a yearly light on parts of its extensive collection in the Cahier publications. Edition 2012 deals with the Wolfers collection.

The house of Wolfers was the leading silver company in Belgium from the mid-nineteenth century till the 1970s. Between 1885 and 1929 Philippe Wolfers probably was the country’s most important designer of silver and artistic sculpture. His art nouveau designs are iconic, and his swift evolution towards the art deco style lifted the firm to new international heights. His son Marcel Wolfers continued the legacy and made sure the company stayed at the forefront of Belgian silver design during the fifties.

Design museum Gent owns a fairly large collection of objects made by the Wolfers firm. They offer a unique view of the evolution of silverware and objets d’art from the third quarter of the 19th century till the outbreak of World War II. The most spectacular designs are on display in the museum, like the Maraudeur series, the cups Monnaie du Pape and vases Magnolia, a stylised art nouveau toilet set, and the Gioconda service, designed for the ground-breaking 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs (et Industriels Modernes) in Paris.

The richly illustrated Cahier 3 is written by Ko Goubert, formerly researcher at Design museum Gent (January 2011-March 2012). He has researched every object extensively. In addition to all silver and and other applied art objects made by Wolfers, the museum’s collection of furniture made for the private Wolfers residences is included in the catalogue. This approach contributes to a deeper understanding of the Wolfers production and of the art nouveau and art deco in Belgium in general.

The catalogue forms a part of Partage Plus, the Europeana project for the digitization and opening up of Europe’s art nouveau heritage.

Cahier 3: Meesterlijk (zilver)design. De Wolfersverzameling counts 135 pages (including an extensive hallmark repertory and bibliography) and is on sale for 12 euros from the museum shop.

Exhibition programme 2014

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