Design Museum Brussels

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The Design Museum Brussels, established after the acquisition of a private collection by the Atomium, is a place dedicated to design and its history.

Since 2015, the museum's collection, the Plastic Design Collection, circumscribes the landscape of plastics in design from the 1950s to the present day.

Alongside this collection, the museum opened belgisch design belge, a permanent exhibition space dedicated to Belgian design and its history.

Enriched by a programme of temporary exhibitions, the Design Museum Brussels also explores other fields of design creation and its impact on society and our daily lives.

Through exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, conferences and events, the museum aims to ensure that design is intelligible to one and all.
  • The Brussels Design Museum is situated in the northern part of Brussels:
    - 5 minutes' walk from the Heysel / Heizel metro and tram (line 6 and 7) and facing Palais 5 of the Heysel exhibition park, 100 m from the Atomium.
    - Metro: line 6 – Heizel / Heysel station
    - Tram : line 7 - station Heizel / Heysel
    - Bus : line 14 and 83 - station Heizel / Heysel
    - Tourist buses: red bus stops (Brussels City Sightseeing),
    100 m on foot from the Atomium
    - Villo (bike rental): station 281, located at 30 m on Boulevard du Centenaire.
    - Parking with 500 paid parking spaces 50m from the entrance (Parking Trade Mart - Avenue de l'Atomium)
  • 6 Heysel / Heizel
  • 7 Heysel / Heizel

The Design Museum Brussels is a place dedicated to design and its history. Come and discover all the possibilities of design creation, in all its facets, from the 20th century to the present day. And get there by train, that's class!

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  • Opening times

    14/03/2024 - 15/09/2024: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 19:00

  • Price

    Article 27: 1,25 €

Launched in June 2022, the Pastis collection designed for Danish publisher HAY marks a turning point in Julien Renault's career. The project began in February 2020 at the Stockholm Fair, when Rolf Hay asked Julien Renault to reflect on a wooden chair that would be relevant for the next 50 years. Inspired by the atmosphere of brasseries and grand railway station cafés, Julien Renault imagined a comfortable chair with armrests paying homage to everything we longed for during the lockdown. His intention was to create a timeless, robust, and elegant armchair. The collection is an ode to the social, the human, and to sharing. Two years will have passed between the first drawing and the launch of the complete collection on the market. On the occasion of his nomination as designer of the year 2023, Julien Renault is bringing together all the drawings, models, and prototypes representing the major stages in the development of his collection. The installation "The story behind the Pastis collection" aims to show the work that went into each product to the general public.

  • Opening times

    10/04/2024 - 15/09/2024: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 19:00

  • Price

    Normal: 8,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

Since its founding in 1908, Olivetti has made a name for itself through the development of legendary products such as its typewriters, but also through its close relationship with the world of art. Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon worked for Olivetti on numerous occasions over a period of almost three decades, producing posters and advertising products, as well as a number of immensely creative books and cartoons. The Olivetti · Folon exhibition, in collaboration with the Museo Civico Pier Alessandro Garda, the Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti and the Fondation Folon, presents the rich artistic collaboration between the Italian design company Olivetti and the artist Jean-Michel Folon.

This summer, the Design Museum Brussels once again invites you to its Cine Design! This edition echoes our temporary exhibition Olivetti · Folon. On one hand, the documentary Folon offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, author of the famous “bonhomme”. On the other, Prospettiva Olivetti and Paradigma Olivetti explore the singularity and creativity of the Italian design company, famous in particular for its typewriters, calculators and computers. On 9 July, the Design Museum Brussels invites you to the screening of Davide Maffei’s documentary Prospettiva Olivetti. Adriano Olivetti considered architecture, the space created by the human being, as an invaluable tool for the creation of communities. Ivrea and the Canavese area were the principal fields of action for an industrial policy characterised by a strong social responsibility. Following Adriano’s death, the cultural and political project of the Community was dissolved, but his ethical heritage was not forgotten. Indeed, it evolved to face the impacts of a time marked by rapid international expansion of the firm. Prospettiva Olivetti takes us on a journey across the Olivetti buildings, both in Italy and abroad, from the 1960s to the 1980s. The stories of the protagonists and the archives recreate the imaginary of a dual perspective: that of the past, in which the Ivrea-based company was able to develop beyond national borders, and that of the future, which unites these architectures and their becoming. Prospettiva Olivetti Davide Maffei 88 minutes, Italy, 2020 English - Italian Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIwG7qhVw3M Hungry or thirsty during the screening? Don’t panic! We’ve got it covered. Brutti (https://www.brutti.be/) will be on site to take care of you. The screening is part of the Italian Design Day. With the collaboration and support of the Italian Embassy in Belgium, the ICE Agency - Section for the Promotion of Commercial Exchanges of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture - Brussels.

This summer, the Design Museum Brussels once again invites you to its Cine Design! This edition echoes our temporary exhibition Olivetti · Folon. On one hand, the documentary Folon offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, author of the famous “bonhomme”. On the other, Prospettiva Olivetti and Paradigma Olivetti explore the singularity and creativity of the Italian design company, famous in particular for its typewriters, calculators and computers. Program: - 07.09 - 7:30 pm: Prospettiva Olivetti Davide Maffei 88', Italy, 2020 English - Italian - 22.08 - 7:30 pm: Folon Gaetan Saint-Remy 86', Belgium, 2021 French (subtitled) - 27.08 - 7:30 pm: Paradigma Olivetti Davide Maffei 88', Italy, 2020 English - Italian Initiated in 2020, Cine Design is a program of open-air screening of documentaries on the history of design, architecture and their major figures. In a summery and friendly atmosphere, the screenings take place in the garden of the Design Museum Brussels and are free. A food truck is present for your comfort. Just bring your seat or your blanket and enjoy the evening.

This summer, the Design Museum Brussels once again invites you to its Cine Design! This edition echoes our temporary exhibition Olivetti · Folon. On one hand, the documentary Folon offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, author of the famous “bonhomme”. On the other, Prospettiva Olivetti and Paradigma Olivetti explore the singularity and creativity of the Italian design company, famous in particular for its typewriters, calculators and computers. On 22 August, the Design Museum Brussels invites you to the screening of Gaetan Saint-Remy’s documentary Folon. Folon portrays an unexpected, intimate and unique portrait of Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005). A controversial and adulated artist, Folon is still recognised today as one of Belgium’s most influential artists of the first half of the 20th century. It is the artist himself who, through the use of unprecedented archives, tells his story. A debonair poet and a misunderstood artist, he was also highly ambitious and visionary. Folon presents us with his vision of art and the world, the tragedies of his life and his insatiable desire to meet new people and live new experiences. Thus, come together images loosely inspired by his work, his artworks (paintings, posters, photographs, drawings, sculptures, …), previously unseen archives, as well as interviews of family members, friends, artists and experts. Folon Gaetan Saint-Remy 86 minutes, Belgium, 2021 French Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DDjhY7sLr0 Hungry or thirsty during the screening? Don’t panic! We’ve got it covered. A food truck will be on site to take care of you.

This summer, the Design Museum Brussels once again invites you to its Cine Design! This edition echoes our temporary exhibition Olivetti · Folon. On one hand, the documentary Folon offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, author of the famous “bonhomme”. On the other, Prospettiva Olivetti and Paradigma Olivetti explore the singularity and creativity of the Italian design company, famous in particular for its typewriters, calculators and computers. On 27 August, the Design Museum Brussels invites you to the screening of Davide Maffei’s documentary Paradigma Olivetti. Founded in 1908 by Camillo Olivetti (1868-1943), Olivetti is an Italian company specialized in the manufacture of typewriters and calculators. His son, Adriano (1901-1960), who took over the firm in 1932, shaped the years that followed. He collaborated with many designers such as Marcello Nizzoli, Ettore Sottsass and Enzo Mari, producing objects that are still considered as iconic pieces such as the Valentine or the Lettera 22. Through the voices of designers, historians and various protagonists, and thanks to numerous archival documents, Paradigma Olivetti recounts the paths of Olivetti's industrial design, from Adriano's death to the 1990s, crossing the challenges of an era marked by rapid innovations such as the transition from mechanical to electronic technology. Paradigma Olivetti Davide Maffei 88 minutes, Italy, 2020 English - Italian Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjCVqnF9Q7g Hungry or thirsty during the screening? Don’t panic! We’ve got it covered. A food truck will be on site to take care of you. With the collaboration and support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Brussels.

  • Opening times

    16/10/2024 - 09/03/2025: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 19:00

  • Price

    Normal: 8,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

From the pioneers of the Bauhaus to the interior designers of space capsules, as well as the classics of design, women have shaped the field of design, and yet are often overlooked. The Here We Are! Women in Design, 1900- Today exhibition pays tribute to women designers past and present, through a large collection of furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, fashion and graphic design. Produced by the Vitra Design Museum, this exhibition is coming to the Design Museum Brussels with the addition of a section devoted to this issue in the history of design in Belgium.

  • Opening times

    16/10/2024 - 13/04/2025: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 19:00

Examples range from the overlooked productions of Maria Sèthe to the Belgian Art Nouveau to Hélène Denis-Bohy’s bold modern typography for her feminist pamphlets printed on the La Cambre printing press; from extraordinary Belle Époque ceramics by designers trained at Belgium’s first professional school for women to anonymous lacework in raffia made in Congolese missionary schools. The exhibition showcases the significant but under-valued creativity of women in diverse fields of crafts and design from an original, thematic approach. Through a focus on visibility, the show examines how women used design as a means of empowerment, signing their work, asserting their presence in exhibitions and making significant advancements in the field. Their work will be showcased as a testament to their resilience, innovation and creativity. Simultaneously, the exhibition addresses the challenges of invisibility faced by women designers. Their authorship was frequently obscured because of societal norms, social class, their behind-the-scenes work or within collaborative environments. This exploration will reveal instances where their contributions were overlooked, wrongly attributed or remained unrecognised, leading to a lack of knowledge of their work and its recognition. Moreover, this exhibition delves into the professionalisation of women designers, tracing their journey as they navigated educational institutions (as pupils and teachers), organisations and networks to establish themselves within professional circles. This journey highlights their determination and means to carve out a space for themselves in a predominantly male-dominated industry. Lastly, the realm of domesticity demonstrates how women, often from within and for the decoration of their homes, created their own visual and material culture and surroundings, which was in turn considered inferior or instrumentalised for moralistic purposes. They were driven by functional needs, tradition, so-called ‘virtue’ or a lack of suitable options in the commercial market. This exploration will underscore how women makers, whether as individuals or collectively, employed their ingenuity and resourcefulness to express their vision.