Last year, the museum obtained by donation the ceramic collection of designer and interior architect Benno Premsela. It consists of 262 vases, scales and bowles, including important work from Geert Lap and Jan van der Vaart. A second donation consists of over 250 jewels from former director Yvònne Joris. Both collections with items of over 150 designers, ceramists and jewel makers, are an important addition to the collection of the museum.
Premsela en Joris were both pioneers and advocates for applied arts. They were from different generations, but had a lot in common. Premsela as well as Joris were collectors for whom there was no division between their work and private life. Benno Premsela presented his ceramics at home, Yvònne Joris litterally wore her love for modern jewels. Both used their collections to convey a message: equal appreciation for design and applied arts next to visual arts.