Lace Museum

Exhibition design for the World of Lace


Location: Plauen, Germany
Client: City of Plauen
Competition: 2017, 1st place
To be completed: 2020
Size: 1,000 m2


The design concept aims to create a modern and holistic visitor centre for Plauen lace. The new exhibition shall both educate and generate excitement. Its leitmotif develops from Plauen’s role as the Capital of Lace and from the lace itself as a special textile with its extraordinary patterns.

A transparent extension will be added in the courtyard of the existing four-storey building, a listed factory building from the 18th century. The ground floor will host the foyer with a ticket office, museum shop, cloakroom and a large multifunctional hall. The exhibition itself begins on the first and second floor, while the attic level will host office rooms, a library, cafeteria and roof terraces.

Visitors will be guided through the building to learn about the world of lace, the history of the local textile industry, the technical background, lace patterns, the cultural history of lace and the link between art and technology. Numerous multi-media and hands-on stations as well as the museum education room help to provide visitors with a memorable experience.

A city map of Plauen from 1911, when the city lived through the peak of lace production, is turned into a lace pattern and leads visitors through the ground floor. The pattern will be placed on the floor and ceiling, and used for several interior design elements. The layout of the exhibition rooms on the upper two floors is based on an enlarged local lace pattern from days gone by. The exhibition furniture, such as showcases and partition walls, evolve from that pattern.

The graphic design concept for the exhibition proposes the use of a stencil font, referring to the cut-out principles of industrial lace textiles. 



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