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Soft toy wolf Lufsig, designed for and manufactured by Ikea, 2013. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Soft toy wolf Lufsig, designed for and manufactured by Ikea, 2013. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A’s collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. This new strategy helps the V&A to engage in a timely way with important events that shape, or are shaped by design, architecture and technology.

Regularly updated with new objects, Room 74a is the first gallery in the Museum that can be responsive to global events,  technological advances, political changes or pop cultural phenomena that have an impact on art, design and architecture.

Ranging from Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of ‘nude’; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; to the world’s first 3D-printed gun, each new acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, regulation or the law. 

Read more about Rapid Response on the V&A Blog

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