Open the Doors and Let the Design Come In Again


What do you do if you’re one of the most renowned art museums in the world and you’ve started noticing a trend, not to mention that your warehouses are filling up with stuff that isn’t necessarily “art” in the “art” sense? If you’re the Louvre (and if you are, it’s weird that you’ve taken human form and started reading blogs), you re-open up a wing of your museum, closed for the last decade, dedicated to design through the ages. Here’s the story from Bloomberg, who isn’t so thrilled with the re-opening:

It’s a dilemma that it shares with the other design museums: Design in the modern sense started with the Industrial Revolution and is usually applied to mass-produced goods, not the unique works of art tourists are willing to stand in line to view.

Sure, there are respectable names such as Hector Guimard, Rene Lalique, Charles Christofle and Philippe Starck. But you’ll look in vain for the great cabinetmakers who worked for the Bourbon kings.