NewsPRESS RELEASE 26.09.2013
Derelict Furniture at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design and Derelict Furniture are happy to announce that the museum’s permanent exhibition has been supplemented with a furniture collection by Derelict Furniture. First products are exhibited at the reading area where furniture consists of the Shut Up chairs and Big Mama table (designers Tõnis Kalve and Ahti Grünberg). In the future other products by Derelict will be added to the permanent display.
Derelict Furniture is an Estonian furniture design brand that turns to the historical roots in modern recycling way, through contemporary and high-quality furniture that has been made of used material. It could equally be the wooden terrace of the Tallinn Racatrack or wood of a decayed forest house that has been used also in producing the items for the museum’s collection. Derelict seeks for ways of unification of used and new materials modifying the form of the substance giving thus the original material almost endless life cycle. This way the production process of Derelict Furniture consists in cleaning, gluing and calibrating the timber for a design element. The goal is to create products following the unitary form language whereas due to the used material every object becomes unique.
The reading area of the museum gives a chance to get introduced to the local design related literature and issues of almanac Kunst ja Kodu (Art and Home) from 1958-1974. It was one of the most important channels to relate to design of the Soviet period. Sketches for furniture and other everyday utensils by contemporary local designers for DIY practices were published there next to the advice on many issues of domestic culture.
The permanent collection of Estonian design was opened in spring 2013 presenting an overview of local 20th century and contemporary design and designers. The intention is to display Estonian design on the historical axis as tight concentrate providing a view of the most important developments and phenomenon’s mainly through the material mapping.
A lot of material is presented also in digital format to widen the scene of items and environments.
Over 350 pieces by different authors and producers are presented in total.