The Applied Art Collection includes over 15,000 pieces and, alongside the Grafiksammlung, is the oldest collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, as well as one of the most important collections of international applied art in Switzerland. Originally assembled as a collection for training, commerce, and industry, the collection's focal points are the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concentrated geographically on Europe, the United States, and modern Japan. It includes textile art, ceramics, and glass from the historicist era to the present day. The Art Nouveau section has groups of works by William Morris, Emile Gallé, René Lalique, Hermann Obrist, and Henry van de Velde, and enjoys an international reputation. Among the finest items are a unique collection of puppets by twentieth-century artists such as Sophie Taeuber-Arp and an important musical instrument collection of some 250 objects.
The Applied Arts Collection is maintained by:
Sabine Flaschberger, Collection Curator
Franziska Müller-Reissmann, Documentalist