The Study Collection of 19th- and 20th-century Furniture
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

The largest permanent exhibition of furniture design in the Czech Republic!

The very best of furniture design over a space of 634 sq. metres!

The Beginnings of Furniture Design: Biedermeier – Historical Styles, Bentwood Furniture, Early Industrialization – The Paris Universal Exposition of 1900 – Organic and Geometric Art Nouveau – Geometric Art Nouveau and Modernism – Bentwood Furniture and Industrial Manufacture – Czech Cubism and Rondo-Cubism – European Functionalism – Art Deco and Its Czech Variation: Rondo-Cubism – Plastics in Interiors and Furniture – European Organic Design after World War II, Italian Design – Scandinavian and Italian Design – Post-War Organic Design and the so-called Brussels Design – The Return of Functionalist Rationalism – Postmodernism and Minimalism – Post—1990 Design

The visitor trail in the chateau’s entrance corridor is designed to give you an overview of the history of furniture design from its beginnings in the first half of the 19th century to the present time. Instructive panels of text and photographs provide basic information about individual styles as well as prominent architects and designers from home and abroad, and their realizations – ranging from the Biedermeier period to the late 20th century.

The exhibition focuses on the key moments in the emergence and development of furniture design, reflecting the transition from individual handcrafted manufacture to mass industrial production in the course of the 19th century, the impact of new technologies and materials on furniture design, the modern life style that influenced furniture typology and its composition, the fascination with and subsequently the criticism of plastics, the role of individual designers and the specifics of national furniture schools with regard to new approaches to furniture design, or conversely the blurring of differences in the international style.

During your visit, you will see a variety of Postmodernist excesses as well as examples of the periodical Functionalist comebacks, the dominance of rational functionality, and furniture conceived as works of art in their own right. The collection includes iconic pieces of international furniture design, though often in the form of replicas, and the works of the youngest generation of Czech designers.

Alvar Aalto – Gae Aulenti – Artěl – Jiří Bárta – František Bílek – Michal Brix – Mattia Bonetti – Marcel Breuer – Anna Castelli – Vít Cimbura – Joe Colombo – Hans Coray – Le Corbusier – Ivana Čapková – Ondřej Čverha – Charles & Ray Eames – Alan Fuchs – Elisabeth Garouste– Josef Gočár – Jaroslav Grunt – Jindřich Halabala – Josef Hoffmann – Vlastislav Hofman – Bohuslav Horák – Josef Chochol – Arne Jacobsen – Pavel Janák – Václav Jaroš – Evžen Jindra – Dušan Jurkovič – Eva Jiřičná – Jaroslav Kadlec – Quasar Khanh – Emanuela Kittrichová – Poul Kjaerholm – Kaare Klint – Celda Klouček – Milan Knížák – Karel Kobosil – Jiří Kočandrle – Mogens Koch – Jerry Koza – Karel Koželka – Jiří V. Kroha – Hana Kučerová Záveská – Yrjö Kukkapuro – Karel Lapka – Václav Ložek – Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Vico Magistretti – Louis Majorelle – Bruno Mathsson – Karel Mrkva– Thonet Mundus – Miroslav Navrátil – Rudolf Netík– František Novák – Otakar Novotný – Josef Maria Olbrich – Verner Panton – Pierre Paulin – Josef Pehr – Jiří Pelcl – Gaetano Pesce – Jiří Petřivý – Giancarlo Piretti – Josip Plečnik – Mojmír Ranný – Gerrit Thomas Rietveld – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – Otto Rothmayer – Karel Řepa – Eero Saarinen – Tobia Scarpa – Gustav Siegel – Adam Slabý – Ettore Sottsass – Rudolf Stockar – Bořek Šípek – Jaroslav Šusta– Gebrüder Thonet – Ladislav Ubr – Jan Vaněk – Petr Vichr – Ladislav Vrátník – Karel Vyčítal – Hans J. Wegner – Ladislav Žák

Kamenice nad Lipou chateau
náměstí Československé armády 1
Kamenice nad Lipou, 394 70 

The town of Kamenice nad Lipou lies in the northwestern region of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, some 20 kilometers north of Jindřichův Hradec, in Pelhřimov District.

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Opening hours)
May – September: daily except Mondays 10 am–5 pm
April and October: Tuesday through Friday 10 am–3 pm,
Saturday, Sunday 10 am–5 pm
November – March: Tuesday through Friday 10 am–3 pm

Permanent exhibitions)
- Matchbox Models
- Flatlets for Dolls
- A collection of 19th and 20th century furniture — it is temporarily closed
- Grilles, Locks, Keys
- Alena Matějková: A Journey
- Museum of the Senses

In 1580–1583, the original 13th-century castle was converted into a Renaissance mansion graced by a courtyard with arcades and a garden. The Baroque entrance tower was built in 1744. The chateau acquired its present Late Neo-classical appearance in the early 19th century. It is surrounded by an English landscape garden featuring a linden tree estimated to be 700–800 years old. The Geymüller family was the Kamenice chateau’s last pre-World War II owner. In 1998, this historical landmark came under the management of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (UPM). Following extensive restoration work carried out between 1999 and 2004, a collection of furniture was installed in its interiors, which is open to the broad public. UPM also holds long-term exhibitions (toys, wrought ironwork, etc.) in other spaces of the chateau, intended both for children and adults. During the summer months, a café with a terrace offers refreshments and a pleasant ambiance. There is a visitors’ information centre in the chateau and exhibition installations administered by the town’s Municipal Museum in its south wing.
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