Intelligent Design – The Red Dot Design Museum

For six short weeks I have moved to a different part of Germany for my job: The Ruhr region. I am lucky to be living with some awfully great people in Bochum, but I work in Essen. Essen is a particularly interesting city in this area and it was named European Capital of Culture 2010. One of the most iconic places in Essen is Zeche Zollverein, a UNESCO world heritage site. And within that retired industrial complex, there are a few really great museums.

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This particular museum’s exhibit includes items that have won the Red Dot Design Award.

And the building itself looks quite stunning as well.

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Here are my wonderful hosts, Toni and Patrick!

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Ain’t they cute?

There is a mix of information and actual objects on display and the museum covers a wide range of vastly different things, for example furniture, technology, toys, labels, fabrics, cars, medical equipment, and so on.

Here’s a leafy looking lamp:

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A surprisingly comfy sofa:

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Some fabric with a cool 3 D effect:

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Wooden flooring with stitches:

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A scooter, that is so innovative it is a bit hard to drive (but Patrick is obviously doing his best):

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I am more in love with this carafe, than I have any reason to be:

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Toni ogling a flying object:

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A tap with added ease of use for your dirty, dirty hands:

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This beautiful dish set:

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Some bright guys hanging out in the attic:

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Erotic toys:

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A pebbly tile design:

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A fancy font by a fancy fountain pen manufacturer:

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These colorful images:

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A label I like at lot:

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A book about food-themed online resources:

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This cute toy set:

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A backpack that looks like a paper bag:

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This beautiful oil lamp ornament:

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A golden wall, that just exists and has never been honored with the award, but I liked it, so I took a picture of it and put it here:

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The added special exhibition was about Japanese design.

This bottle design is so absolutely gorgeous!

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A bottle costs about 50 € and I don’t drink sake, but I would like to have that bottle.

This is… mostly paper, I think.

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The fire ring is also beautiful and about a meter wide, so… heavy.

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This umbrella has a different folding concept:

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And this is an MRI machine, not a sex toy:

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And so we were through. It took us the better part of 3 hours, I think.

Museum selfie!

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This is what the building looks like from the outside. See the dot?

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There is a whole lot of industrial beauty around:

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And this is a miniature model of the site:

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We then had a few beverages and some great conversation at the super cute cafe.

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This table is part of the cafe, and might have been my personal design highlight of the day:

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That sofa, on the other hand, was very disappointing.

It is made of plastic and so very deceptive and so very hard.

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