Detail of A.135-1946, alabaster statue of St. Fiacre © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

St. Fiacre

Today marks the feast of Saint Fiacre (d.670). This semi-mythical 7th century Irish saint was a sort of nurse-cum-hermit who would tend to the ailments of all who visited his oratory so long as they met one condition: that they were a man. Women were cautioned to stay away from his retreat on pain of […]

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Working drawing for an embroidery, possibly for a wall-hanging, by William Morris. Red chalk and watercolour on both sides of a  sheet of calico.

The Morris Legacy

History may be written by the victors, but the History of Design is written by the victors with the most stuff. Since we’re dependent on material sources– drawings, textiles, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, you name it–  the way we remember what happened in the past and the value we attach to it all comes down to […]

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Made Possible by Squatting on Dock St, 2013

Made Possible by Squatting: Myth, memory, mimesis

Amongst the banners in the first room of Disobedient Objects is ‘Kraken Gaat Door’ (Squatting Goes On).  This specific banner was made in the 1980s, forming part of a multi-year direct action campaign in Amsterdam.  However, this fight for affordable housing solutions is a widespread, international, and simultaneously local.  In this post, guest blogger Luther Blissett […]

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Credit Crunch

Bang in the middle of the display ‘A World to Win. Posters of Revolution’ you come across an eye catching hot pink, black and white spotty slogan screenprint that screams out from the gallery ‘There’s A Credit Crunch Not A Creative Crunch’. The creative industries battle cry – designed and printed by Aida Wild. Aida […]

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Create! Jewellery Design

  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London As today is Museums Takeover Day, an annual event where young people are invited to take control of museums, we thought we would show you some of the exciting Create! workshops you can take part in at the V&A (that is if you are a budding designer under […]

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Shekou Design Museum - signed model

Building of the Shekou Design Museum to commence

Some exciting news from Shenzhen, China! Last week, Martin Roth (Director of the V&A), Tim Reeve (COO), Olivia Colling (Head of Press and Communication), Luisa Mengoni (senior V&A curator on the V&A Shekou project) and I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Shekou Design Museum (see our previous post introducing the project). This traditional […]

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Installation image of Tate Baby House, W.9-1930. (c) V&A Museum, London

Dearest daughter in law

In the Tate’s fine Manor House, Mrs Johanna Tate has received a letter from her mother-in-law. Johanna’s first pregnancy is a cause of nervous excitement, and everybody has advice of one sort or another. We can read over her shoulder: 12th March 1795 Johanna, Are you confined yet my dear? You must be very large […]

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Testing a prototype virtual reality headset

Group-design techniques: Paper prototypes, visualisations and models

V&A Director Martin Roth, recently interviewed, spoke passionately about the power of being in the presence of real objects in museums. What is better than physically being there, soaking in the powerful feelings of direct experience? So, how does this help us design? A team viewing/discussing/critiquing simultaneously can generate amazing creative ideas. We have found that physical things have […]

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