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 - Objects on the move - a short history of mobile furniture design

Thu 11 September 2014 13:00

FREE TOUR: Whether around a room or across the globe, furniture has always been designed to be moveable. This tour of the V&A's Furniture Gallery will examine that importance of mobility to the history of furniture, looking at what a moveable design can reveal about an object’s social and economic life.

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