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Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991).

Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948.

Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

  .   Photo: Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991), Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948, Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.  What does it mean to be seen and represented as a ‘creative professional’? This was the question we set out to address on Friday 27th March at a symposium hosted by the V&A Research Department […]

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Photo Heini Schneebeli, Courtesy of the Crafts Council

A Matter of Luxury – Annie Warburton, Creative Programmes Director, Crafts Council

Affluenza.  Stuffocation.  There’s no shortage of punning neologisms when it comes to our uneasy relationship with having too many things.  The unease mounts when we enter the territory of quantity and quality, excess and taste: the land of luxury.  Whether positioned as luxury’s redeemer or pitted against it, craft is seized upon as an antidote […]

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Sketch of mounting proposal for Hermes saddle

Installation Mode!

Final preparations for the upcoming exhibition What is Luxury? are in full swing now as we rapidly approach the start of the exhibition build. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at some of the activities the team has been involved in over the past couple of months. Graphics Title signage is the first thing […]

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The Process of Design Squiggle by Damien Newman, Central Office of Design

11 Tips for Writing a Killer Proposal

Between Christmas and New Year, colleagues and I had the pleasure of combing through 33 responses to a request for proposal we posted through the OJEU (that’s a European procurement framework, if you’ve not yet had the pleasure…) I’m not being sarcastic: over the course of that week, we saw some incredible proposals and some […]

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© Richard Brendon - Willow Gold Lifestyle

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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Inspired to Make: Angry Birds

As the last days of 2014 fly away, the Fabric of India team is working hard to be ready for what will surely be a very busy year. We’re packing in as much as we can before 2015 arrives – mocking up displays, measuring extra fabric, and formatting our labels. As we go, we are – […]

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Chasuble, 1670-95, V&A: 743-1870
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

What is Luxury?

‘What is Luxury?’ is the final exhibition in a triennial series organised in collaboration with the Crafts Council. It follows from the successful ‘Power of Making’ in 2011. This exhibition is not focused on luxury consumption. Given that the V&A is located in one of the most consolidated areas of luxury consumption from food to […]

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Detail of the Potteries Willow © Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

The Potteries Willow

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, is very pleased to be able to lend a number of pieces from its collection to Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics. One of the pieces chosen is a plate decorated with The Potteries Willow pattern. This pattern was designed by Peter Brears (better known as a food […]

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Design Culture Salon 12, V&A Museum

Fashion cycles and design culture

Anyone standing outside the disciplines of fashion and design research might be surprised to discover that conversations between the two are not as fluid or productive as they might be. Within the art school, for instance, the two are taught as quite distinct disciplines with their own traditions, cultures and identities. Recognising these boundaries and […]

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Shop front of Merchant & Mills store in Rye

Modern markets for traditional techniques

Indian textiles have long held great appeal to European consumers; so much so that in the 17th Century the Indian textile industry were seen as a direct threat to British textile manufacture.  This resulted in the ban of textile imports from India and in turn gave rise to a lively trade in smuggled chintz.  Since […]

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