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Musée National Adrien Dubouché

The museum and collection

The Adrien Dubouché National Museum in Limoges exhibits the different techniques used for ceramic-making. It also traces back over the history of art and civilizations through the prism of porcelain, a material that continues to reveal its assets today. Visitors are greeted in an emblematic venue, designed to enhance all 300.000 of its pieces

The assignment

Meyvaert realized the complete renovation of the museum’s three buildings, over a period of two years. The new museum route is chronological and thematic. In three different sections it presents: ceramic techniques, the history of ceramics since ancient times and finally the museum’s collection of Limoges porcelain and glass. Our contribution encompassed the manufacturing, delivery and installation of custom-made showcases for three different zones of the museum, including the climate control, lighting, multimedia, object mounting, exhibition fit-out, furniture and signage.

 

The project: challenges & result

We split the project over three phases, one for each dedicated zone of the museum. The most fun and challenging was zone B with the special shaped display cases. It was a real challenge which gave us the opportunity to translate the architect’s vision, a concept drawing, into a functional design, meeting all aesthetic and technical requirements. We researched & prototyped different materials and construction techniques to create the facet- shaped exterior, evaluating and testing them in terms of durability, weight, aesthetic result, budget and reproducibility. We evaluated frequently used materials such as steel and metal. But, in the end, for the very first time, we used epoxy, creating a robust shell with flawless edges and weighing no more than 95 kilos, also making it easy to transport. From an ergonomic point of view, the case performs very well. The heavy glass-hinged doors can be opened using only one hand.

Project

Musée National Adrien Dubouché

Solutions

Custom Design & Fitout

Country

France

Year

2012

Designer

Zette Cazalas, Zen+dCo

Scope

Custom design cases for complete redevelopment

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Photos by Dennis Desmet

From the execution phase to the construction phase, the Meyvaert team met all our expectations. I would particularly like to highlight the quality of the installations, both from a technical and aesthetic point of view: the care given to the choice of materials, the precision of the implementation and the elegance of the finishes.

Céline Paul
Directrice du musée national Ardrien Dubouché


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