Vienna Furniture Museum

During the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph the  Imperial-Royal Furniture Depository was the central storage facility for the furniture and furnishings owned by the Habsburg family. Today it is one of the largest collections of furniture in the world, housing some 165,000 objects.

The collection is dedicated to the renovation, preservation and administration of its holdings, and is open to the general public as a museum. On display is furniture from more than three centuries, ranging from imperial furnishings, furniture from various stylistic eras including the Biedermeier and Historicist eras and the Vienna Modern movement to contemporary furniture design. It also mounts temporary exhibitions which are devoted to the history of architeture, design and twentieth-century furniture.

The building has also undergone visible transformation in terms of its appearance: for the opening of the musem in 1998 it was given an attractive modern exterior designed by Italian star architect Alessandro Alverà.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION - HERE WE ARE! Women in Design 1900 – Today

Presenting women designers from the past 120 years, the exhibition tells a new, multi-voiced story of design against the background of the struggle for equal rights. It showcases works by some 80 women designers, including modernist icons such as Eileen Gray, Charlotte Perriand, Lilly Reich and Clara Porset, plus entrepreneurs such as Florence Knoll and Armi Ratia, as well as lesser-known figures such as the social reformer Jane Addams. Contemporary positions are represented by designers such as Matali Crasset, Patricia Urquiola, Julia Lohmann and the Matri-Archi(tecture) and Futuress collectives, taking visitors into the present and future.

The "Here We Are! Frauen im Design 1900 – Today" exhibition is as diverse as the discussions of feminism in our society today. Offering a fresh timely look at the history of modern design and current debates, it provides food for thought about what design should be in the twenty-first century, who defines it and who it is for.