Room 122c: Furniture, Technological Innovations
Room 122c looks at the impact of technological change on product design and manufacturing in the Victorian age. In the textile industry, the invention of the Jacquard loom allowed complex patterns to be woven automatically, while synthetic dyes offered bright new colours to customers. Many of the new techniques were initially used to imitate expensive materials or skilled handiwork. For example, machine-pressed glass could imitate cut glass, while electroplating gave the effect of silver at a lower cost.
Room 122c is on Level 4 of the V&A South Kensington.