I went to explore the V&A this weekend; ‘hub’ of the London Design Festival. I will come back to The Power of Making exhibition in another post. Today, I want to tell you about two of their installations.

Textiles Field

First, the Textiles Field designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and made by Kvadrat. It was designed to create a ‘lounging’ space for people to relax in and enjoy the Raphael Cartoons Gallery. It was certainly full of people doing just that when I was there.

Girl doing cartwheels on Textiles Field installation

Others, oblivious to the 16th Century masterpieces surrounding them, were simply enjoying the installation for what it is. But as I overheard one person say “I’ve never seen this many people in here before” – and that, surely, is the point.

Timber Wave

Architects AL_A and engineering firm Arup have created Timber Wave at the V&A’s Cromwell Road entrance from oil-treated red American oak using construction techniques traditionally used in furniture making. The shapes echo the design of the entrance, albeit using a simplified recurring design, and then opens the entrance up to Cromwall Road, drawing people in to the V&A, which again seems to mean it’s working.

Timber Wave close-up

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