Five desgn teams were approached by curator Tulga Beyerle to investigate the collection of Kunstgewerbemuseum in Pillnitz.

Tulga Beyerle is the new director of this traditional museum of applied arts and crafts inside Pillnitz chateau close to Dresden in Germany. Former co-curator of Vienna Design Week manages the museum since the last year. Her first commissioned project presents Rochaden. Designer treffen auf die Sammlung (Trading Places. Designers meet the collection). She asked her favorite designers including Mischer'Traxler, Dechem, Daphna Laurens, Judith Seng and Loris & Livia to make a special installations inspired by museum's treasures within the existing permanent collection. The result is the five rooms where every design team created contextual installations inspired by their research in the deposits. Each of them approached it from the different point of view.

Mischer'Traxler investigated around the phenomenon of perpetual shadows created by light on old presentation boards and created artificial process of growing patterns in galvanic tank.

Dechem invented a scent based on the smell of depot and decorative details of some historical metal, glass pieces and old furniture fragments. After all they have designed brand new flacon for the fragrance.

Inspired by strange Orient 18th century scissors and their mechanism, DaphnaLaurens designed series of imaginary machines to show original mechanical schemes.

Judith Seng was interested in lace collection where she found several exciting techniques including bobbin lace, a complex artisanal process, in which threads are rotated, crossed and knotted on the basis of pricking. She transfers this single person activity into a collective process, in which 24 people danced and created together the central installation resembling over-sized bobbin lace.

Finally Loris & Livia discovered the poetry of reverse sides of the rare historical textile and installed them in the spatial installation where textile is showed from the both sides.

These nice newspapers and postcards about the project and designed by Fons Hickmann m23 and Bjoern Wolf were published.

The great fresh perspective on history and craft heritage!