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ADAM Brussels Design Museum: Permanent Plastic Design Expo

The ADAM: Brussels Design Museum Permanent Plastic Design exhibit pays a big homage to plastic design creativity. Most of what is on display dates from the golden age of the ’60’s & the 70’s when plastic chic was at it’s zenith. Of the entire 2000 strong collection, started in the ’80s by Philippe Decelle, about 500 furniture and household items are permanently displayed. The collection offers some interesting thought provoking designs and prototypes that are sure to bring back back nostalgia to those lucky enough to have lived through this special era. This reminds us just how quickly things evolve in just a few decades.

The ADAM: Brussels Design Museum Permanent

Adam Brussels Design Museum

The ADAM Design Museum is conveniently located just 150 meters from one of the most visited sights of Brussels, the 1958 Expo Atomium. Entrance to the ADAMN is free for those who purchased t a ticket to the Atomium at 16 EUR, otherwise the ADAM entrance is 10 EUR which makes the bundle a great value.

Entrance to the Adam Brussels Design Museum

The hard to miss entrance in big yellow letters

Entrance to the Adam Brrussels Design Museum

The colorful exterior staircase

Plastic Design Permanent Collection

Entrance to the Plasticarium Collextion

Zombie Chair by Roger Tallon 1967

Zombie Chair by Roger Tallon made for the Astrolabe Café in Paris (1967)

Spehere d'isolement S2 by Maurice Claude Vivildi 1970

The isolation chamber by Maurice Claude Vivildi (1970)

Television sets from the 60's and 70's

Various Television sets from the 60’s & 70’s

Plastic fashion wear

Fashion wear

Nicolas L foot Armchair (1968)

Foot Armchair by Nicolas L (1968)

The entrance to the Adamn Brrussels Museum

Plastic Arts

Homme Chair by Ruth Francken in 1970

“Homme” Chair by Ruth Francken (1970)

Nastro Chair by Ceasare Leonardi1961

Nastro Chair by Ceasare Leonardi (1961)

Coquille table seat by Annie Tribel (1968)

Goldorak 1975 flastic figurine

Plastic figurines by Mattel: Goldorak, Gaiking & Dragun (1975)

The Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce in 1984

The Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce (1984)

Radical Plastic Designs

Joe Armchair on the left the by Jonathan De Pas (1971)

Plastic Head

Plastic head by unknown artist

Dondolo armchair by Ceasare Leonard  in 1967

Dondolo armchair by Cesare Leonardi (1967)

Pamtonaef the swiss assembly game

Pantonaef: the Swiss lego-like assembly game

Desk and chair from 70's

Tag'liatelli armchar by Ane Quinze (2005)

Tag’liatelli armchar by Ane Quinze (2005)

Some of the record players and phones on display at ADAM Museum

Phones and record players from the ’70’s

Vittorio Parigi desk 1970

Desk by Vittorio Parigi (1970)

Jean Luc Favriau sofa

Sofa by Jean Luc Favriau

Lady Braun austronette hair drier

70’s Lady Braun space age Astronette hair dryer

Musée des Égouts de Bruxelles

Established in one of the two former city toll offices, built in neo-classical style in 1835 and 1836 and designed by A. Payen, the Sewers Museum of Brussels gives an overview of the city’s evolution in terms of public sanitation. These rather small buildings, formerly used to collect a toll on goods entering the city and to check people’s papers, were closed down after the toll was abolished in 1860. They now provide access to the main sewer and the one on the eastern side became the sewer museum in 1988, while the other building is used by the sewer workers.

Location of Sewers Museum of Brussels:

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Photos of Musée des Égouts de Bruxelles:

The entrance building to the Sewers Museum of Brussels

The city of Brussels has a gigantic subterranean sewers network of 320 km

Roaming around the underworld

inside-sewers-brussels (3)

Collecting sewage from the Chaussée de Mons

The sewage stream

Back into the underground maze

The neon lights gives an idea of the intense mosquito activity

Vintage hydraulic wagon

Exiting from another former city toll offices