The Design Fund

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 supports the acquisition of contemporary design objects at the V&A. The Fund has enabled the Museum to purchase a number of objects by designers such as Joris Laarman, Fredrikson Stallard and nendo.

These new acquisitions significantly enhance 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 works acquired by the Design Fund in 2013 are on display in the V&A's New Acquisitions Gallery, Room 19a.

The V&A is grateful to Yana Peel, founder of the Design Fund to Benefit the V&A, and the many individuals who contribute.

If you would like to find out more about supporting the Design Fund please contact:
Priya Khanchandani, Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 943 2153
E-mail: p.khanchandani@vam.ac.uk

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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