As part of London Design Festival 2017 the V&A housed some amazingly beautiful installations at their glorious museum. The V&A always has and always be a favourite of mine, I love the collections, always adore popping into the Fashion room when I am passing by and love to stop and have a coffee their just to see that wonderful red brick! When I saw they would be using some of their space for some real standout LDF installations I had to make a trip there.
First thing is first, I hadn't yet seen The Sackler Courtyard entrance. Wow! It was so beautiful, the lines, the white and the curves; a beautiful addition to a wonderful place. I thought it was very reminiscent of Oslo and their Opera House, the Guggenhiem and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. So after a cuppa in the cafe (does anyone else just love a museum cafe?) it was into the LDF17 installations.
I headed into a part of the V&A I had never ventured into before to see The Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot. It was an immersive experience; walking in from the Prince Consort Gallery through a curtain into a room floor to ceiling full of blue and red LED light strips. Talbot said he wanted to "create a certain magic" a new experience and connection between light, people and the room. He also said, "The visitors are a integral part of the installation, Each person will be lit in a unique way depending on where they are standing, adding a rich depth of reflections within the gallery" It was wonderful to see the change in room depending on who was visiting; children's shadows running around changing colour quickly, people trying to get the perfect snapchat with slight body movements and ever so slight changing colours and shadows and some standing in awe with long shadows dancing on the tiles. Stunning.
Then it was onto see Transmission by Ross Lovegrove, in the Tapestries room. Again, not a room I often go to at the V&A but I am so glad I saw this fantastic installation. Lovegrove's installation snakes through the room; soft, tactile almost a romance to it's shape intersecting the room of 15th Century tapestries. Ross Lovegrove said of the installation "The tapestries are an oasis of calm, it's like stepping back in time, so one's senses become elevated." The dark, some what meditative space enhances the beauty of the material, Alcantra, that Lovegrove has used. The material absorbs sound and is a pliable material that allows such shapes to be created and he even invites people to touch the installation. The colour pallet is complementary of it's surroundings with red and green hues similar to the tapestries opposite with golden details throughout. I could have stayed in this room all day.
Finally, and not part of LDF but complementary was the V&A's Plywood:Material of The Modern World exhibition where I saw the history of Plywood, how it was used to build planes, skateboards and chairs and how it has shaped the construction of the modern world. For me the outstanding pieces were the original Eames; my one design dream is to own an Eames, sadly most of them are museum pieces now or have museum prices but imagine owning an original!
A wonderful collection of designs; just so inspirational. Thank you V&A for allowing design to be so accessible for all.