Welcome to the collections


Christian Holmsted Olesen
Head of Exhibitions and Collections



From furniture to silver, ceramics, fashion, textiles and graphic design. The museum’s extensive collections include crafts and art and industrial design from all over the Western world, covering the period from the late middle ages to today. Our beautiful collection from East Asia, primarily Japan and China, contains items from prehistoric times until the present.

Only a small percentage of the collections are on display. We are working on making the collections digitally accessible over the next few years. During the next decade, we are focusing on collecting and documenting design and crafts from roughly 1900 until today. Below you’ll get an early taste of the categories in our object collections.

Loans to other museums
Ever year, Designmuseum Danmark loans many works to other Danish museums and foreign museums for their exhibitions. This is an important exchange and a way to communicate the museum’s collections and design-related knowledge in both a Danish and an international context.

Read more about our procedures for loaning to other museums