Some years ago I read an article about the amazing plastic furniture and design collection of Philippe Decelle. It’s the second biggest in the world and contains some very rare pieces. All that time it was rather difficult to visit this collection, but this has changed, as the city of Brussels made a deal with Decelle and opened ADAM, a brand new museum of 5000 m2 last week. Half of this surface houses the Plasticarium collection and in the other half there will be temporary design exhibitions (starting in March).
The Plasticarium and design museum are located in the big Trade Mart building in between Brussels Expo and the Atomium. And it’s even possible to get a combi ticket to visit both the atomium and the new ADAM (Art & Design Atomium Museum). I was surprised to be almost alone when I visited and that’s actually a real shame. The ADAM really exceeded my expectations, and than I only saw the permanent collection. You get a beautiful overview from furniture and objects from the 60’s up to now in a clear setting. From Joe Colombo to Phillipe Starck, Verner Panton to the post modernism, it’s all on display. It’s tempting to try out some of these funny and odd pieces of furniture, but this is obviously not allowed. Walking around in the ADAM is a feast for every design lover and a colorful experience when you are not so familiar with it.
The ADAM is more than worth a visit and I can’t wait to see their first temporary exhibition about Eames & Hollywood in March. After your visit you can have a drink or a sandwich in the museum café or buy a beautiful piece of design in the Vitra-museum shop. To enter the museum you’ll pass the mirroring stairs in the Belgian colors black, yellow, red, designed by renowned French Architect Jean Nouvel. So if you have some days of these last two weeks of the year, go pay a visit to the ADAM and have a fantastic plastic experience.
ADAM : Belgiëplein 1, 1020 Brussel (Underground : line 6 – Heizel / Heysel station)
Opening Hours : Every day from 10 to 18 hours / Closed Tuesdays