Housed in a 1957 building by the architect Rudolf Schwarz, the Museum of Decorative Arts has an excellent collection of pieces from the Middle Ages to the present. Among the treasures: Meissen porcelain of the 18th and 19th centuries; Bohemian glassware; landmark 20th-century furniture by Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; the first machines by Braun, Olivetti, and Macintosh; and the first halogen lamps.
You can also discover the talents of the 21st century for example, Konstantin Grcic. But the real strength of the museum is how it creates a dialogue between design pieces and works of contemporary art. A well thought-out scenography allows you to see their influences on each other.
The museum regularly organises superb temporary exhibitions.
An der Rechtschule
50 667 Cologne
+49 (0)221 22123860