Dean Brown

The Archive and the Rumpelkammer

The past is for preserving, the present for living and the future for endowing. The Archive and the Rumpelkammer is an interior installation for showcasing the vast and varied treasures of Schloss Hollenegg. It is born of the desire to visualise the complex and layered history of the castle and its inhabitants. It offers two ways of presenting content in an attempt to portray an abstract time line through tangible objects.

The Archive is an organised and chronological area for displaying things, that has a clear time hierarchy and defined sections to present objects as historical artefacts. The Rumpelkammer is a continuum of the Archive that is eclectic, chaotic and fluid. Here old and new things come together in juxtaposed settings, where the objects come into their own in a more usable way. Altogether a more liveable space, to relax and read a book in, surrounded by a family of things, old and new.

About the Designer

Dean Brown (Scotland, 1985) studied product design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at Scotland’s University of Dundee, graduating with a first-class honours degree. He served as designer in residence at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and was a long term design resident and senior consultant for Fabrica, the Design Research Centre in Treviso, Italy. Dean Brown moved to London in 2014, where he lives and works. Brown designsproducts, installations, retail concepts and cultural artefacts, creating a clear narrative around the objects he produces. He has a highly intellectual approach to design which he is able to translate successfully in well thought-out projects with beauty and purpose.

Projects of note include designing a multi sensory public laboratory of temperature, reinterpreting a John Ruskin Craft Manifesto as contemporary open source lighting products, and rethinking a Museum as a nomadic travelling room. Such projects require an open minded hands-on attitude to the design process and learning through practice based research. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Milan Furniture Fair, ICFF New York, London Design Festival, the V&A and Design Museum, London.