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Inside the Surreal World of Berlin’s Design Panoptikum

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Design Panoptikum, the “Museum of Extraordinary Objects,” is a collection of industrial objects curated in a very different way by owner and artist Vlad Korneev. The venue in Berlin, Germany, a self-described “space carnival atmosphere,” is where the whimsical meets the grotesque. Plastic bodies assembled from historical objects lounge on rare furniture and under lamps, jumbled amongst assorted medical equipment and surreal artwork.

All the items featured in the Museum were once part of normal life, but under Vlad’s unique vision, they become an industrial dreamscape. The focus is not on the objects’ original purpose or function; instead, they are reimagined through unexpected pairings. 

(Photo: Anagoria/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)

(Photo: DesignPanoptikum)


(Photo: Anagoria/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0

(Photo: DesignPanoptikum) 

 (Photo: Anagoria/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0

On Obscura Day, May 30, join Vlad for a personal tour of the DesignPanoptikum in Berlin, Germany, and hear his stories about his creations.