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Common objects. Exhibition at Design HUB

Common objects. Local stories, global discussions.

The Museu del Disseny is reframing and actualising their permanent exhibition. Common objects. Local stories, global discussions and is curated by Oriol Pibernat. It introduces the visitors to different pieces that, as the title indicates, we can consider common. These pieces, however, are given a new meaning through design, whether for the services they provide, the novelty their appearance represents, the innovations they once incorporated, or even the emotions they can awaken in us. Chairs, lamps, fruit squeezers, transistors, shopping bags, gloves and motorbikes are just some of the pieces from the Museum’s collection that are now coming to light and can be considered part of popular culture and fragments of collective memory.


The pieces on the exhibition have been chosen based on the services they provide, the novelty of their appearance, the innovations they incorporate or the emotions they arouse.

DISA LAMP by J. A. Coderch 1957

We associate design with objects that are present in our everyday lives. But also with certain objects that have something special. These are common objects to which design has given a new meaning thanks to the services they provide us, the originality of their look, the innovations they incorporate, what they communicate, or the emotions they awake in us.

They are common objects that merit this adjective also for other reasons: because they form part of popular culture, represent society and become fragments of the collective memory. And still further objects that are equally common because they are shared goods, and yet others that have a social purpose.

The singularity of common objects is revealed in different ways, which this exhibition reflects in four sections: Itinerary. Local stories, 1930-2020; Parliament. Global discussions; Variable exhibitions and #DESIGN_BARCELONA. Design of the city.

CURATOR Oriol Pibernat



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