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Speed Residency update from Rudy

  SPEED RESIDENCY UPDATE: WHAT I HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR… By Rudy Hartt   Days and weeks fly by and it is almost the end of the year – what better time to look back and reminisce about the good things that happened during my Speed Residency… To begin my story: on the first rainy […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 2, Weather

Yesterday was the Winter Solstice: the shortest day of the year. We all feel it when the winter nights start drawing in and the days turn cold and grey. The weather changes what we choose to do with our free time, where we choose to go, how we choose to dress. Our streets change. They are […]

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Clogs perfect for Christmas

The traditional simple wooden clog, called geta, comprise of a raised wooden base and fabric thong to keep the foot well elevated above the ground. They look a little bit like wooden flip flops on stilts. The geta, worn in Japan by both women and men with clothing such as the kimono, originally had a practical function; elevating […]

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Constable Digital Kids activity to do at home

As the Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition enters its final month at the Victoria & Albert Museum and with young animators and digital painters anticipating new tablets for Christmas presents; this refresh of the basic instructions for PhotoViva and PuppetPals apps from the two Constable themed families activities this term, should provide a well-timed reminder […]

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Richard Brendon: Contemporary blue-and-white ceramics

I am excited to be exhibiting some of my work in Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics at The Victoria and Albert Museum. A London based designer and British bone china specialist, I pride myself on producing contemporary ceramics that fit my ethos of being considered, refined and dynamic designs.   My inquisitive nature has led me to […]

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The Damascus Room as it looked around 1932, when it was installed in the Bethnal Green Museum (V&A: 1784-1932) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A room from Damascus

In April 2015 the V&A will open a small display in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art about the 18th-century interior from Damascus that we used to have in our collection. Used to have you might say? This is quite a complicated story, which I am gradually uncovering. In the 18th century, the principal reception […]

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Born on This Day: Queen Christina of Sweden

This post will be taking a look at Christina, Queen of Sweden from 1633 to 1654, who was born today in 1626 (O.S. 8th December). The daughter of Gustav II Adolph (Gustav Adolphus of Sweden) and Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg; following her father’s death at the Battle of Lützen in 1632, Christina took the Swedish throne […]

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Dancing with shapes

We’re excited about designs and ideas coming to life and dancing off the page this Christmas and New Year’s with our programme of families activities focused on the new Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913-1933 display. Activities will run from Saturday 27 December – Sunday 4 January. We chose this display as the theme for our […]

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‘An Act of Remembrance’…

‘An Act of Remembrance.’…  I suppose, like many of us, I first heard this phrase in a school assembly. Or perhaps I heard it on the television. Our family were probably watching BBC commemorative coverage, live at the Cenotaph and although I didn’t understand what it meant, I knew, from the way my gran always […]

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A Tour of China’s Design Cities: Shanghai

For the Shekou project, Luisa Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Sunny Cheung, and Rong Zhao travelled to five cities in two weeks, to research the current state of design in China – to see how design is produced, perceived, consumed, and discussed across the country. All of this, to figure out how the V&A, through its work […]

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