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Installation Mode!

Sketch of mounting proposal for Hermes saddle

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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11 Tips for Writing a Killer Proposal

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

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: Contemporary blue-and-white ceramics

© Richard Brendon - Willow Gold Lifestyle

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

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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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What is Luxury?

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?’ 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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The Potteries Willow

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

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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Fashion cycles and design culture

Design Culture Salon 12, V&A Museum

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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Modern markets for traditional techniques

Shop front of Merchant & Mills store in Rye

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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Stained Glass on Paper: Medieval and Renaissance Designs

Design for a stained glass window, pen and ink and red chalk drawing by Hans Baldung Grun, German, ca. 1508.

If you’ve ever wandered the corridors of the V&A, you’ve probably come across the dazzling Sacred Silver and Stained Glass gallery (if not, I definitely recommend a visit!). This is one of my favourite rooms in the museum, both for the beautiful effects produced by the changing light at different times of day and year, […]

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A Point of Departure

'Calyx', printed linen furnishing fabric by Lucienne Day for Heals & Son Ltd., British, 1951, T.329:3-1000. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

This post was written by Joanna Weddell, AHRC CDA Disseminating Design, Centre for Research and Development, University of Brighton and Research Department, the Victoria & Albert Museum. This post is prompted by a curious caption and photograph in a press cuttings file on one of the major exhibitions of the V&A Circulation Department, English Chintz: English […]

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