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Chest of drawers: ‘George’, 2008/2013, Great Britain (London, Designed and made by Gareth Neal (1974–, Ash, Artist’s proof from edition of five

Chest of drawers: ‘George’, 2008/2013, Great Britain (London, Designed and made by Gareth Neal (1974–), Ash, Artist’s proof from edition of five

The Design Fund supported the acquisition of contemporary design objects at the V&A from 2011 to 2015. The Fund has enabled the Museum to purchase a number of notable objects by designers such as Joris Laarman, Fredrikson Stallard, Hella Jongerius and nendo. The works acquired by the Design Fund each year have been exhibited as part of the London Design Festival, in our permanent displays and in exhibitions.

These new acquisitions have significantly enhanced the V&A’s holdings of contemporary design; a collection which reflects what is new, influential, innovative or experimental, and what is representative of contemporary trends in design and society. The collection spans all aspects of design and art including fashion, furniture, craft objects, product and graphic design, digital media, architecture, photography, prints and drawings.

The V&A is grateful to the many supporters who have made these acquisitions possible, including the Founder of the Design Fund, Yana Peel, and its Chair, Francis Sultana. We look forward to continuing to broaden our contemporary design collection as the recently established Design, Architecture and Digital department begins a new chapter.

If you would like to find out more about supporting the Design Fund please contact:
Jo Ani, Deputy Director of Development
Tel: +44 (0)207 942 2714
E-mail: j.ani@vam.ac.uk

Objects purchased by the Design Fund in 2014

‘Ostinati’
2014
Switzerland
Designed by Iris Andreadis, Nicolas Nahornyj, Jerome Ruetsche of ECAL

‘Broken Mirror’
2014
Switzerland
Designed by Guillaume Markwalder and Aurélia von Allmen of ECAL

UN North Delegates’ Lounge – ‘Lounge Chair’
2014
The Netherlands
Designed by Hella Jongerius
Commissioned by the United Nations/Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

‘Sketch Chair’
2005
Sweden
Designed by Front

‘Monditalia: Countryside Worship’
2014
Italy
Designed by Matilde Cassani


Objects purchased by the Design Fund in 2013

Chest of drawers: ‘George’
2008/2013
Great Britain (London)
Designed and made by Gareth Neal (1974–)
Ash
Artist’s proof from edition of five

‘Botanica’
2012
The Netherlands
Designed by Studio Formafantasma: Andrea Trimarchi (1983–)
and Simone Farresin (1980–)
Commissioned by the Plart Foundation
Rosin, dammar, copal, natural rubber, shellac and bois durci
Four prototypes and material samples

‘Ear Chairs’
2003
Designed by Studio Makkink & Bey: Rianne Makkink (1964–) and
Jurgen Bey (1965–)
Commissioned by Interpolis Insurance Company
MDF, foam and textiles
Prototypes

‘The Toaster Project’
2009
 ‘The Toaster Project’ is currently on display at the Science
Museum on the ground floor as part of the Making the Modern
World exhibition.
Great Britain
Made by Thomas Thwaites (1980–)
Book and film documenting the project

Gun: ‘Liberator’
2013
USA
Designed by Defense Distributed
3D-printed Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic
Printed on Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer

Disassembled gun: ‘Liberator’
2013
USA
Designed by Defense Distributed
3D-printed ABS plastic
Printed on Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer

Lower receiver and magazine: AR-15 rifle
Magazine: AK-47 assault rifle

2013
USA
Designed by Defense Distributed
3D-printed ABS plastic

For more information about the pieces acquired please visit Search the Collections.

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