three exhibition venues to explore online

Design lovers, dry your tears. The lockdown may be lengthy, but these online exhibitions offer plenty to fill your stay-at-home days with inspiration for decorative ideas.

Permanent exhibitions at the Parisian Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD)

An absolute must for fans of fine furniture, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (MAD for those in the know) has several permanent collections that will enliven your spirits during quarantine. And be warned there is a lot on show. Get off to a gentle start with an exploration of the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, continue through eras marked by rocaille and chinoiserie, race through the 1800s until you finally arrive in the 20th century. Slow down for the marvels of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and in particular Jeanne Lanvin’s website design jacksonville FL boudoir, bathroom and bedroom. Then it’s time to alight in the modern and contemporary sections, which feature such major names as Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Philippe Starck.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs collections: https://bit.ly/3a5rfRF

Google brings on the Bauhaus

A seminal movement in the 20th century, Bauhaus takes its name from the German art school founded in 1919 and closed by the Nazis in 1933. Via its Arts & Culture portal, the internet giant tells the extraordinary tale of this adventure in design, whose influence is still present in our 21st-century interiors. The tour starts here: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/bauhaus

Watch the “Bauhaus, Everywhere: Traces of a design school in everyday life” video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HH7we9EaQok

The Victoria and Albert Museum collections in London

The venerable British institution is home to a decorative arts collection covering 5,000 years of human history. With regard to furniture, there is plenty to make collectors green with envy. Alongside modern 3D-printed marvels, there are pearls from the early 20th century, notably a collection of screens by Eileen Gray.

“Spotlight on V&A Furniture collection” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9RCjMEBjehg