2015 – PAPERwork

PAPERwork. 10 Short Stories – Old Furnitures in a New Context


Kiscell Museum presented ten treasured pieces from its furniture collection and placed them into new context by the help of hand-made paper installations created by Kata Bánlaki /Karcsi Papírboltja—Karcsi’s Paper Shop/ and Zsófi Szigeti interior stylist. Our exhibition was an official event of Budapest Design Week 2015 and in line with its theme – Home Sweet Home – we invoked the era in which the former owner of the Kiscell Mansion, Miksa (Max) Schmidt furniture manufacturer from Vienna had used this building as his second home. He converted the monastery into a fine Baroque mansion in the 1910's which was fit out to serve as the showrooms of his interior decorations firm, while the one-time church space housed his art collection. In his factory Max Schmidt produced not only period furniture but in line with the new styles of his own era Art Nouveau and pre-Modern interior decorations as well. Our exhibition invoked Schmidt’s spirituality, trying to explore the connections between past and present through paper installations inspired by antique furniture.