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Design archives for the future

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Many decades ago, Mr. Alonso became fascinated by the various qualities and technical possibilities of glass. Collecting crystal and glassware has been one of his true passions ever since.

Design archives reflect the life and work of designers, manufacturers and institutions that are or were active in the sector. They are essential sources for scientific research, publications and exhibitions on design.

Designarchief Vlaanderen collects information about design archives and design from Flanders. Designarchief Vlaanderen is an initiative of Design Museum Gent and vzw Designcentrum Vlaanderen.
A selection of ten different design archives shows archivalia which reveal something about a certain designer or object.

A typical feature is the wide diversity of records: sketches, textile samples, prototypes and scale-models, but also corporate administration, correspondence, photos, advertising and documentation.