In the early years of the MAKs founding, documenting the development of ornaments and providing exemplary models for
arts and crafts counted as the overarching goals for the collection. The directive behind the museums work has changed
over the years, but the unifying element of ornaments still can be easily discerned.
150 years after the founding of the museum and after many exhibitions on this topic, the MAK DESIGN LAB has mounted a review
of the diversity and complexity of the ornament. The emphasis this time around is on contemporary times. The point is not
to define the term ornament, but to show a state of being and to bring awareness to the role that ornaments play in our lives.
Interest in rhythmic composition through the employment of repeating elementsand progressing beyond itcan
be seen today in numerous media. From the products we use every day to the fine arts, ornaments act as an intermediary between
our sense for design and our daily lives.
After the opening is before the openingthe topic area Ornament in the MAK DESIGN LAB consists of interchangeable thematic
blocks and will be modified over time. What we exhibit will in no small part be defined by the ideas and suggestions of our
visitors, because nowadays it is less the viewing of art than consumer demand that drives the appearance and form of ornaments.