10 Best Modern Design Museums

When someone has an understanding of modern furniture collections, it means that he/she is a person with high taste, an expert in contemporary art, and someone who represents class, elegance and sophistication.


How about exploring through some of the great collections highlighting great masterpieces at the top museums around the world? These museums exhibit distinguished collections of Modern furniture, demonstrating the new innovations and designs.


Vitra Design Museum: The museum majestically exhibits the mind-blowing achievement of human creativity. It is one museum dedicated solely to design, emphasizing on furniture and interior design. Rolf Fehlbaum, the CEO of the Vitra Company has collected furniture of famous designers. Oh yes, you will find great names like Jean Prouve, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Earnes here.

The Danish Museum of Art and Design: This museum exhibits some of the true examples of quality and design, enough to leave you stunned. Developed in 1890, it also serves as Scandinavia's exhibition forum. Furniture designs in the possession of the museum are one of the most inventive and challenging designs. It will leave your mind racing and no wonders you are already planning which design will fit into which part of your house.

Harvard University Art Museum: It holds collection from well-known designers. Modern furniture by Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Jules Leleu and Geritt Rietveld are added to the modern art holdings of the Fogg Museum of the university. Modern furniture is being acquired by the museum as it helps the students of the Harvard Design School to enhance their capabilities.

British Museum, London: Established in 1753, it has a whooping collection of 7 million objects. Apart from the other objects and antiquities, it holds a collection of modern furniture also. It has rare international designs for lovers of arts just like you.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: This museum is a home to a vast collection ranging from ancient paintings and sculptures to the modern art of this century. These stylish and impressive pieces will leave you nodding your head in appreciation.

The Museum of Modern Art, Manhattan: Regarded as "The most influential museum of modern art in the world." MoMA has played a major role in developing modern artist. Aesthetic furniture designs are on display in the museum.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: If you are looking for something unparallel in design creativity, then come over here. You will also find here the collections of exceptional pieces of the modern furniture.

The Art Institute of Chicago: The inception of "The Art Institute of Chicago" dates back to 1879. It has an exceptional collection of modern art including the modern furniture.

Denver Art Museum: The museum has expression of art and culture from various parts of the world. Furniture’s having unadorned beauty and harmonious symmetry are its key collection.

Design Museum, London: The museum holds exhibition showing outstanding modern furniture collection from the work of Peter Marigold, Eelko Moorer, Nandine Jarvis and Hiroko Shiratori.



These wonderful museums are works of art in their own right, visiting them is not only a pleasure, but an experience in itself. Being surrounded by the magnificent pieces, its only natural to wonder, that some human being, just like me, imagined and made these beautiful things.


This article was published on Monday 06 October, 2008.