'The Masonic Lobby' functions as a reception area in 'The Palace of Typographic Masonry'. In the form and nature of the intermediate space, the dialogue between the items exhibited in this hall, lies the spirit of the design. The trade of the Typographic Mason works according to the same principles that shaped this Masonic Lobby and underlie the structure and layout of the entire Palace. Its elements are all pieces of a puzzle that fit together when the designer practises his or her trade – like cogs and wheels in an inquisitive, playful, form-generating machine. The 9 objects refer to the 9 departments in the palace: Sign, Symbol and Ornament, Construction, Poetics and Game, Order, Craft and Practise.
The Masonic Lobby
Box by Richard Niessen
Also in this room
Source collection The Masonic Lobby
The Masonic Lobby by Dirk van Weelden
Poster by Richard Niessen
Invitation by Richard Niessen
Excerpt I: Institutes erected and dismantled
Excerpt II: Professional associations and engaging colleagues in the absence of design criticism.
Excerpt III: Art education and the fault line in society