Room 122c: Furniture, Technological Innovations

Technological Innovations, room 122c

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.

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The Furniture Machine: Furniture Since 1990

The Furniture Machine: Furniture Since 1990

Contemporary furniture design has enjoyed growing popularity in the last fifteen years, both in Britain and internationally. The Furniture Machine loo…

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Event - A Stitch in time

Fri 09 October 2015 15:00–16:00

Join assistant curator Danielle Thom as she explores the history of needlework tools before the decline of home sewing in the twentieth century. As design objects in their own right, they reflected the fashions and technological innovations of their day. As personal possessions, they represented status and ownership for women in an age when ‘property’ was predominantly the preserve of men.

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