Mr. Kries, we’ll come to the topic of design classics in a moment, if we may. But first, would you mind telling us a little about the museum. What were its aims when it was founded in 1989?
The idea was to tell visitors what design is all about. You have to remember that the idea of design was not as widely appreciated in Germany in 1989 as it is today. Before that time, design was more of a niche phenomenon that only specialists had the keys to.
What are the focal points of the collection?
We collect anything that has a connection with interior design, that is to say, mainly furniture from the 20th century – of which we have gathered together some of the finest examples in the world. However, our collections also include electrical devices like the classic Braun products designed by Dieter Rams, as well as architectural models and textiles. In addition, we have works by famous designers such as man and wife team Charles and Ray Eames and the Dane Verner Panton.
What role does design play today?
A different one to when the museum was first founded. When we talk about design nowadays, we’re referring to more than just individual products: the design of processes is also part of the debate.