They say, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. And, this adage has never been more true than for items currently on exhibit at Lisbon’s Museum of Design and Fashion. Treasures from the Flea Market: The Beauty of Anonymous Design is an assemblage of unique pieces found at flea markets, and now on display as art. The show runs through 30 September 2012.

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Objects in this show were collected by modern design connoisseur David Usborne. He scoured flea markets and street fairs in search of everyday items that have a certain design panache. Many of the items are as diverse as rotary knives and agricultural tools, to forceps, clamps and obstetrics utensils. Usborne believes these items are evidence that man is always in search of unity between beauty and functionality.

Tesouros da Feira da Ladra, treasures from the flea market, MUDE Lisbon

In all, there are nearly 250 pieces in this exhibition. Most are categorized into nine broad categories that correspond to basic actions of human needs, such as hitting, grabbing, cutting, shaping, spreading and protecting. Some items are hand crafted, while others are machine manufactured.

Tesouros da Feira da Ladra Lisboa, Treasures from the Flea Market Lisbon

Yet, as practical as these pieces may be, on display in the museum, they are to be appreciated for their form and design. The exhibition certainly reminds us to stop and pay attention to the beauty in those everyday objects surrounding our lives.

For more information, visit the MUDE website.

Treasures from the Flea Market
First Floor
MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda
Rua Augusta, 24
Baixa District

Phone: + 351 218 886 120

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 to 20:00

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