Estonian Museum of Applied Art & Design

Estonian Museum of Applied Art & Design

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The museum focuses on applied art and design. Today its collection consists of examples of contemporary Estonian applied art as well as of design prototypes and products. The collection, with 15 000 exhibits, includes works of textile art, ceramics, porcelain, leather, glass, jewellery, metalwork, furniture and product design. The collections of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design offer the largest and most comprehensive overview of Estonian applied art and design.
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TeWe
Helsinki, Finland1,011 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
A nice museum in the middle of the Old Town. Currently they have an exhibition called ”The Weather Diaries”feauturing photos by artists from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Very interesting and worth a visit.
Written 23 November 2019
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M&J-Nottingham
Nottingham, UK241 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We hadn't read about this museum but found it by chance. And what a find it was - a superb collection of ceramic, metal, glass and fabric design. All splendidly displayed in a fascinating old town house. An absolute must see when next in Tallinn.
Written 13 May 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
... just across the street from our last attraction on Estonia’s Health Care (a five-second walk. This is an old town with small streets my geeks). As such they were equally lonely having shared this old town’s northwest corner, which was among its highest points and far from all the restaurants and market squares and fast food chains and the visitor centre. None of these touristy things were to be found here, but now adding in with the extra curse of applied art – an interest lying at the intersection of archaeology and history and anthropology but none sufficed to keep these artifacts as museum-ish enough - or as objects of desires.

But every time you were to visit these applied objects, sooner or later you would also realize it acting out its function through its lifetime with all the owners that have passed hand from one onto the other. The distinction was thus most sociologically significant, whereas in the case of the fine-r arts either their production was for the better for the betterment of showing-off nobility (pre-modern) or the sole purpose of making itself expensive (post-modern). Sooner or later, you’d find these ceramics and glassware and cups even more delicate and hence crafty for their function had to balance with whatever aesthetics that their designers were attempting to instill.

But it would equally seem like that some of the exhibits could also flourish on the fourth floor of Kumu. Perhaps with an extra paragraph or two to be printed next to an entrance. So where’s the line again, you may ask.

(Look up and you’ll see lots of carpets and other wall hangings. You can walk up to the terrace for their captions.)
Written 8 February 2019
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Shaharut, Israel83 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I enjoyed viewing the works of art by local Estonian artists. Ceramics, Textile, Jewelry, Leather artwork and metal. The display was an artwork in itself and I loved the upper walkway. It allowed you to see the hanging textiles closer and have a view of the whole room from top. cleverly done.
Written 28 August 2018
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Civil_War_Tourist
New York33 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
We were really impressed with the variety and breadth of this design museum. It was very reasonably priced and we could have spent 2 hours here if we'd had time. As it was, we were there for about an hour and enjoyed it very much.
Written 6 August 2018
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Jean I
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Worth a quick look through as it definitely has a few different items. The building itself is not particularly interesting- but they have presented items in a nice way - definitely a focus on Estonian art which is good.
Written 27 July 2017
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guptaratika
New Delhi, India683 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
this was a good solo activity. ground floor exhibition was the best. first floor was good too but the second was disappointing. Noteworthy: not handicapped friendly at all!
Written 24 May 2017
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601davidmartinb
London, UK19 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
2 mins walk from my hotel, and thru a small courtyard lies this absolute GEM. If you are into design then the upper gallery has a fascinating yet small collection of chairs lighting and household goods....well worth a look at this stylish collection, if you like 50/60/70 Scandinavian design then this will appeal to you. The lower floor has some of the funkiest ceramics Iv'e seen in a longtime...and is inspiring me in my own ceramic making. I even found myself studying the fabrics and wall hangings which I would normally not spend too much time on. A small but interesting ceramic/glass fusion collection. I am unable to get excited about book binding/leather covers even though I can appreciate the skill it does not float my boat when art and ceramics to enjoy. I cannot stress how interesting enthusiastic and helpful was the charming lady who went out of her way to share my enthusiasm in the reception/mini shop. I was lucky to be able to buy a couple of pieces ( at really small price) of glass from the Tarbeklaas factory. Should I head back to Tallinn this will be high on my list of excellent sites to re-visit. It is a lot smaller than Kumu, but please don't overlook this gem three/four mins walk from the old square. FIVE STARS from me...THANK YOU!
Written 1 May 2017
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kiltmaker2
Evanston, IL14,812 contributions
Dec 2016
Located close to Tallinn City Theater ( which is on the north side ). Shows variety of art and design artifacts.
Written 31 January 2017
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Barry Budden
Riga, Latvia45 contributions
Sep 2016
Free to get in and worth a wander around. Excellent exhibition of glass which if you like glass is really good.
Written 4 October 2016
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