Combining the limits between antique art and contemporary design, the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas de Madrid presents “Diálogo entre dos épocas”. An exhibition curated by Rossana Orlandi, with the participation of Jorge Penadés, a student of the Master of European Design Labs.
This display is a milestone for the design sector, as it is the first time that a group of Art Design pieces is shown in a Madrid museum, to coexist with its permanent collection.
The products that make up the exhibition are some of the product design pieces that were selected among all the participants in the Industrial Design Fair PDM2 (Product Design Madrid), which also included Alejandro Tápias, a former student of the Master of European Design Labs 2012.
We spoke with Jorge Penadés to find out more about his vision of this exhibition and the project he is showing at the display.
You are taking part in “Diálogo entre dos épocas” with your successful project "Nomadic Chair". Tell us more about this design.
“Nomadic Chair” forms part of “Nomadic Seating Series”, an extension of my Final Degree Project, “Nomadic Studio”.
This project aims not only to question the traditional furniture model, but also to offer new possibilities from an ephemeral perspective.
In my opinion, and as a consequence of the type of society in which we live, there is no sense in continuing to create static pieces anchored to a space. I am very interested in the idea of itinerant, dynamic and versatile furniture.
This exhibition defends the notion that contemporary design can have the same value as old design. What do you think about that?
Of course it can have the same value. On the one hand, I think we should respect classic design, especially because sometimes it is hard to understand the context in which those pieces were created. On the other hand, however, as contemporary designers, I think we face the huge need to assume risks, to question the establishment, and open up new paths.
Why did you choose the IED Madrid to continue your training in product design?
Mainly because of mischer´traxler, the Program Leaders of the Master of European Design Labs. It is a privilege to be trained by professionals who are at the forefront of their discipline and who are enjoying great recognition on an international level.
Art Design, Diálogo entre dos épocas
Between the 13th of February and the 30th of March, 2014
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas
Calle de Montalbán, 12. Madrid
From Tuesday to Saturday, between 9.30 and 15:00 h
Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10.00 and 15:00 h