Brussels Design Museum

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  • Car park
  • Coach park
    40 parking spots
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  • 6 Heysel / Heizel
The Brussels Design Museum is a space dedicated to design from the 20th and 21st centuries.

It was established after the Atomium’s acquisition of the Plasticarium collection in December 2014. The Brussels Design Museum offers an innovative and surprising insight on plastic design from the fifties to the present (permanent exhibition / Plasticarium Collection) and on other forms of design through other periods, expressions, materials and themes (temporary exhibitions).

The museum, it is also an auditorium for about 400 people and an educational and cultural service with activities designed for children, teens and school groups. Lectures and screenings, in connection with the themes that are explored, enrich the museum’s program of activities.

Through exhibitions, guided tours, workshops and lectures, the Brussels Design 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 (line 6) and facing Palais 5 of the Heysel exhibition park, 100 m from the Atomium.
    - Metro: line 6 – Heizel / Heysel station
    - 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.
  • 6 Heysel / Heizel
  • Opening times

    20/11/2019 - 30/08/2020: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 19:00

  • Price

    Normal: 10,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Jeunes: 8,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 €

The exhibition, based on a private collection from New York, explores the unique visual idiom of the punk movement from the mid 1970s to the 1980s through the icons of its graphic universe: flyers, posters, albums, etc. Examining punk created by both professional and amateur designers, the visitor will get to take a closer look at the fashion, contemporary visual art, archival images, videos, and a participatory “concert hall” where they can DJ their own vinyl playlist. Shown for the first time in Europe, the showing of PUNK GRAPHICS: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die in Brussels will also take a closer look at the Belgian aspect of this creative movement.

  • Opening times

    21/02/2020 - 17/01/2021: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 19:00

With Standing Stones, the museum is launching its program of exploring the dialogue between art and contemporary design through a carte blanche. The current installation is designed by the Greek duo Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis who founded the studio Objects of Common Interest together in 2015. Through the use of inflatable figures made out of biodegradable acryl, the unique installation Standing Stones reinterprets the used forms and figures of the Cycladic civilization during the Bronze Age. The visitor is submerged in a space that looks dreamy and illusionary because of the use of mirrors. Here, the visitor reflects on the duality between transparence and opacity, softness and hardness and, the temporary and the permanent. In the middle of the installation a circle of stools can be found, placed around a reflecting ‘pond’ of mirrors, that invites the visitor to contemplate and have a moment of introspection.

  • Opening times

    30/09/2020 - 14/02/2021: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed

  • Price

    Normal: 10,00 € - Jeunes: 8,00 € - Senior: 8,00 €

For reasons of utility, need, demand, irony or simply through experimentation and the desire to design it, the chair seems to be an essential step in the journey of many designers. With the ambition to reconcile functionality, comfort and aesthetics, it continues to adapt to the habits of society and to the evolution of different ways of sitting. As an everyday object par excellence, it is designed to fit our adapted to our needs. Through the use of different materials and textures, the design and concept eventually takes shape in the form of a chair, a bench, a lounge chair, an office chair and even in forms such as a rocking chair, ottoman chair or a folding chair. From Marcel Breuer's Wassily to Konstantin Grcic's Myto, through Joe Colombo's Tube Chair, the chair is the materialization of the cultural, technical and social background of the era it is designed in. Created from the collections of the London Design Museum, ADAM - Brussels Design Museum and Galila's Collection (Brussels), the exhibition Chaise. Stoel. Chair: Defining Design retraces the design world of the past 100 years through this object - the chair – that is in constant redefinition, reaffirmation and breaking the borders it finds itself in.