The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance. And every year, the museum is the central hub for the mammoth affair that is London Design Festival (LDF) staging an array of specially commissioned installations, talks, projects, experiments and workshops.
This year there were over 25 installations ranging from a ceramic display by the museums Ceramics Resident Matt Smith to intelligent living objects using the property of light colour to convert light into energy like plant photosynthesis.
Also showing was an immersive installation in the Tapestry Gallery entitled Foil by Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency Layer in collaboration with the German brand Braun. The installation was a 20-metre-long undulating ribbon comprising 40,000 individual metallic elements reflecting and bouncing light off the tapestries.
In Stairwell G, a lesser frequented area of the museum that boasts large round windows and a dramatic high ceiling, London-based design duo Glithero has partnered with luxury watch maker Panerai to create a time-based installation emulating the circular motion of the arms of a clock. Veils of colourful strings are lifted and dropped in a series of slow, choreographed movements controlled by a motorised arm.
French designer Mathieu Lehanneur installed the next piece from his Liquid Marble series in the V&A Museum’s Norfolk House Music room. Following on from his previous installation in the courtyard of a French chateau, it is made from a single piece of polished black marble sculpted to resemble a rippling pool.
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