For six short weeks I have moved to a different part of Germany for my job: The Ruhr region. I am lucky to be living with some awfully great people in Bochum, but I work in Essen. Essen is a particularly interesting city in this area and it was named European Capital of Culture 2010. One of the most iconic places in Essen is Zeche Zollverein, a UNESCO world heritage site. And within that retired industrial complex, there are a few really great museums.
And the building itself looks quite stunning as well.
Here are my wonderful hosts, Toni and Patrick!
Ain’t they cute?
There is a mix of information and actual objects on display and the museum covers a wide range of vastly different things, for example furniture, technology, toys, labels, fabrics, cars, medical equipment, and so on.
Here’s a leafy looking lamp:
A surprisingly comfy sofa:
Some fabric with a cool 3 D effect:
Wooden flooring with stitches:
A scooter, that is so innovative it is a bit hard to drive (but Patrick is obviously doing his best):
I am more in love with this carafe, than I have any reason to be:
Toni ogling a flying object:
A tap with added ease of use for your dirty, dirty hands:
This beautiful dish set:
Some bright guys hanging out in the attic:
A pebbly tile design:
A fancy font by a fancy fountain pen manufacturer:
These colorful images:
A label I like at lot:
A book about food-themed online resources:
This cute toy set:
A backpack that looks like a paper bag:
This beautiful oil lamp ornament:
A golden wall, that just exists and has never been honored with the award, but I liked it, so I took a picture of it and put it here:
The added special exhibition was about Japanese design.
This bottle design is so absolutely gorgeous!
A bottle costs about 50 € and I don’t drink sake, but I would like to have that bottle.
This is… mostly paper, I think.
The fire ring is also beautiful and about a meter wide, so… heavy.
This umbrella has a different folding concept:
And this is an MRI machine, not a sex toy:
And so we were through. It took us the better part of 3 hours, I think.
This is what the building looks like from the outside. See the dot?
There is a whole lot of industrial beauty around:
And this is a miniature model of the site:
We then had a few beverages and some great conversation at the super cute cafe.
This table is part of the cafe, and might have been my personal design highlight of the day:
That sofa, on the other hand, was very disappointing.
It is made of plastic and so very deceptive and so very hard.