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Lab

A Lab for Rapid
Prototyping

Curatorial-driven, the LAB is an innovation laboratory and incubator promoting research, multidisciplinary studies, knowledge exchange, and the advancement of complex ideas and networks. The LAB will inform practice in the field of design and enable the development new strategies and special projects in the museum.

Key research clusters include:

  • Creating Rapid Response Curatorial Strategies
  • Rethinking permanent collection displays
  • Proposing new ways of collecting and exhibiting design
  • Creating new opportunities/partnerships for the Museum
  • Creating new modes of curatorial work
  • Developing new types of collaboration among SKD museums
  • Exploring new platforms for public interaction
  • Serving as an incubator to develop new design projects within the digital strategy of the museum


The LAB will host a series of residencies, workshops, and partner events possibly leading to exhibitions, products or services, and publications. Its programme involves collaboration with local and international universities, companies, research institutions, scholars and partners from all over Germany and abroad. 

Current Projects

Pioneers of Design Education

New Perspectives on German Schools of Decorative Arts before the Bauhaus

This Transnational network explores the history of German schools of decorative arts between 1850 and 1920. Although early German Schools of Decorative Arts were pioneers of modern design, they still lack basic art historical research.

Prof. Margarete Junge‘s women‘s class at the Königlich-Sächsische Kunstgewerbeschule Dresden, 1911 © Archive Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Bildarchiv, Sign. 08.01/15
Pioneers of Design Education

Spoon Archaeology

EXCAVATING THE PAST AND PRESENCE OF DESIGN PRACTICE

An exhibition on plastic cutlery, its design history, its material culture and ecological consequences. This exhibition presents a vast collection of plastic forks, knives and spoons, asking about their implications and possible alternatives in the face of an ecological crisis.

Spoon Archaeology

High-quality simplicity

Deutsche Werkstätten in China

This exchange program between two research-based institutions in China and Germany together with students, experts and other stakeholder will explore the relations between China and Germany in the field of furniture and interior design in the 20th century.

Franz Ehrlich, Modelle für die Anbaumöbel Typensatz 602, 1956, VEB Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau | © Kunstgewerbemuseum / SKD, Foto: Gunter Binsack
High-quality simplicity

Beyond the Garden: Plant Journeys

Building upon their recent research and adopting The Manifesto of Phyto-centred Design as a compass for further critical reflection, the founders of studio d‑o-t‑s will establish connections with local institutions and practitioners active in the field of plant cultivation, education, and conservation.

The Manifesto of Phyto-centred Design [texts: studio d-o-t-s, graphic design: Matthieu Visentin], 2020 Photo © Olly Cruise
Beyond the Garden: Plant Journeys