Collections – Design Objects
When planning the Arithmeum, the predominant question was, what the overall impression should be. It was decided that it was to have a light, open, filigree structure, but at the same time be classically stringent. Thus it was only natural to study the design concepts of the Bauhaus movement and other innovative ideas of the 20th century. At the same time, the museum was to present its exhibits in an especially aesthetic environment. This is reflected, for example, in the choice of chairs – classic design objects of the 20th century with no “Do not touch” labels and which can in fact be sat on.
There is the legendary Zigzag Stoel of Gerrit Rietveld, a basket chair by Eiermann, the Barcelona Chairs of Mies van der Rohe, the Superleggera by Gio Ponti and chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Harry Bertoia – the visitor may try them all and discover whether they are comfortable as well as of striking design. Looking at the wall of mechanical calculating machines in the basement while reclining on the Harp Chair of Joergen Hoevelskov made with a single piece of rope, is certainly a very special experience.
But the collection of design objects has not only chairs to offer. Numerous lamps, like the floor lamp of Frank Lloyd Wright or the artistic construction of bulbs by Droog-Design and also the Less tables of Jean Nouvel enrich the collection. Visiting the Arithmeum with open eyes will lead to more than one surprising discovery.