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Design museum Gent is housed in a building consisting of an 18th-century mansion and a modern wing added to it. It is the only design museum in Belgium that also collects world applied art. It has tens of thousands of exhibits in its collections, including furniture, tableware, textiles, glass, porcelain and toys.
The majority of the collection are items from the 20th century, including the works of the most outstanding Belgian designers - Henry van de Velde, Victor Horta and Paul Hankar. The museum has a representative collection of items to depict each of the main currents of contemporary design - from art nouveau, through art deco, modernism, organic design to anti-design and postmodernism.
The guiding idea that determines the creation of exhibitions and new purchases for the collection is modernity, innovation, ergonomics, durability and high aesthetic value. This set of features has both prototypes made in one or several copies, as well as many items produced in series.