Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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Author: Louise Shannon (Curator)
In 2010 the V&A invited Elmgreen and Dragset to create a unique exhibition experience in the V&A. The resulting work is the exhibition, ‘Tomorrow’, a fictional domestic interior that belongs to the architect Norman Swann. The exhibition draws from the V&A collection as well as props, loans and new artworks created by Elmgreen & Dragset. As part of the exhibition, the...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator - Department of Furniture,Textiles & Fashion)
V&A objects are not kept just within the hallowed halls of the Museum. Over six hundred objects from the Furniture and Woodwork collection are on long-term loan to other institutions, ranging from a fifteenth-century cupboard in Oakwell Hall, West Yorkshire; to an eighteenth-century box of cutlery to Judge’s Lodgings, Lancaster; to an automaton shaped like a bird cage to the Bath...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Since Pearls are having a bit of a 'moment', it seemed a good time to search through the Designs collection for some interesting examples of jewellery design across the ages. There are about 3000 designs for jewellery in the Museum's collection, and we're particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century examples.As the 'Pearls' exhibition shows, jewellery isn...
The Toaster Project, Thomas Thwaites, 2009-2010. Photograph by Daniel Alexander
Author: Jana Scholze (Curator of Contemporary Furniture and Product Design)
For the third time, the Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has supported major contemporary acquisitions for the V&A collection. The five design projects acquired represent recent design debates and responses which make use of both traditional and contemporary materials, design methods and manufacturing techniques. The objects range from a hand-made toaster to a series of vessels made of...
Author: Kate Bethune (Assistant Curator Textiles and Fashion)
Elegy and Escapism in East London in the 1980sGuest post by Kasia Maciejowska. The House of Beauty and Culture (HOBAC) was a craft collective at the heart of the London club scene in the late 1980s. They mixed outré camp details with rough industrial textures to pioneer an urban dress code that was taken up by the fashion world in the following decade.Stephen Phillips, owner of cult vintage...
The hardworking V&A Bees
Author: Rena Melnyczuk (V&A Bee Ambassador)
I am one of the V&A Visitor Services Ambassadors and I have also volunteered to help look after the V&A bees. The V&A installed four beehives in a sheltered corner of the roof of the museum in spring this year. The V&A bees originate from populations in Northern Italy and Wales. The hives were installed by the London Honey Company run by Steve Benbow, who looks after the bees for...
London Design Festival 2013
Author: Helen Gush (LDF Projects Assistant)
With the festival less than a fortnight away, the London Design Festival at the V&A team are caught up in an exciting flurry of activity.We thought we’d take a moment to surface and give you a taster of what there is in store!The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the international...