Past exhibitions

Winner: Plate, bowl, mug with straw sleeve by Chantal Bavaud. © C. Bavaud
Winner: Plate, bowl, mug with straw sleeve by Chantal Bavaud. © C. Bavaud

Straw inspires – then and now
(12 June 2015 – 26 February 2017)

In the past what inspired the makers of straw materials and hat trimmings? Can their creations from earlier centuries still inspire designers today? What comparisons can be made between the design process then and today?

The temporary exhibition “Straw inspires” had two sections: the first explored the sources of inspiration of the former hat industry with the display of historic objects. The second part showcased contemporary design objects and their production process. Twelve designers, who had previously participated in the “Prix Paille” contest (link to German website) presented their creations. Their work showed the diversity of inspiration that the heritage of the hat industry still exerts on contemporary design.