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Rapid Response Collecting

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Rapid Response Collecting was introduced in 2014 as a new type of collecting activity at the V&A. Contemporary objects are acquired in response to major moments in recent history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. Many of the objects have been newsworthy either because they advance what design can do, or because they reveal truths about how we live.

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Ranging from Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude', a 3D-printed titanium handlebar used by Bradley Wiggins to set cycling's Hour Record, to a knitted Pussy Hat worn at the 2017 Women's March in Washington DC, the day after Donald Trump's inauguration; each new acquisition raises a different question about economic, political and social change, globalisation, technology and the law.

Exploring Rapid Response Collecting

Photo of Lufsig, soft toy, designed by Silke Leffler, retailed by IKEA Limited, 2013, Sweden. Museum no. CD.26:1&2-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Lufsig, soft toy, designed by Silke Leffler, retailed by IKEA Limited, 2013, Sweden. Museum no. CD.26:1&2-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Fifi shoes, Christian Louboutin Ltd, 2014, France. Museum no. CD.28:1 to 8-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Fifi shoes, Christian Louboutin Ltd, 2014, France. Museum no. CD.28:1 to 8-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of UltraRope, lift cable, KONE Corporation, 2014, Finland. Museum no. CD.25:1 to 4-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
UltraRope, lift cable, KONE Corporation, 2014, Finland. Museum no. CD.25:1 to 4-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Thermostat, Nest Labs, 2014, US. Museum no. CD.36:1 to 10-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Thermostat, Nest Labs, 2014, US. Museum no. CD.36:1 to 10-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of WT41N0, wearable terminal, Motorola Solutions, 2013, US. Museum no. CD.39:1 to 19-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
WT41N0, wearable terminal, Motorola Solutions, 2013, US. Museum no. CD.39:1 to 19-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Flappy Bird, mobile application, programmed by Dong Nguyen, developed by GEARS Studios, 2014, Vietnam. Museum no. CD.27-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Flappy Bird, mobile application, programmed by Dong Nguyen, developed by GEARS Studios, 2014, Vietnam. Museum no. CD.27-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Vype Reload, electronic cigarette, CN Creative, 2014, UK. Museum no. CD.37:1 to 11-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Vype Reload, electronic cigarette, CN Creative, 2014, UK. Museum no. CD.37:1 to 11-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Oculus Rift, virtual reality headset, invented by Palmer Luckey, manufactured by Oculus VR, Inc., 2014, US. Museum no. CD.49:1 to 20-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Oculus Rift, virtual reality headset, invented by Palmer Luckey, manufactured by Oculus VR, Inc., 2014, US. Museum no. CD.49:1 to 20-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Umbrella, Umbrella Movement, 2014, Hong Kong. Museum no. CD.61-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Umbrella, Umbrella Movement, 2014, Hong Kong. Museum no. CD.61-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of X-TIGI S18, mobile telephone, manufactured by X-TIGI, about 2010, China. Museum no. CD.19:1-6-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
X-TIGI S18, mobile telephone, manufactured by X-TIGI, about 2010, China. Museum no. CD.19:1-6-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Trousers, retailed by Primark Stores Limited, 2013, Bangladesh. Museum no. CD.2-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Trousers, retailed by Primark Stores Limited, 2013, Bangladesh. Museum no. CD.2-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Bolide HR handlebar, Pinarello Lab, 2015, UK. Museum no. CD.1-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bolide HR handlebar, Pinarello Lab, 2015, UK. Museum no. CD.1-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Zano, drone, Torquing Group, 2015, Wales. Museum no. CD.8 – 2016
Zano, drone, Torquing Group, 2015, Wales. Museum no. CD.8 – 2016

Photo of Personal Genome Service – v4 Ancestory Edition, personal genetic testing kit, manufactured for 23andme by DNA Genotel Inc., 2014, Ottawa, Canada. Museum no. CD.59:1 to 6-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Personal Genome Service – v4 Ancestory Edition, personal genetic testing kit, manufactured for 23andme by DNA Genotel Inc., 2014, Ottawa, Canada. Museum no. CD.59:1 to 6-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Blackphone, SGP Technologies SA, 2014, China (manufactured). Museum no. CD.9:1-8-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Blackphone, SGP Technologies SA, 2014, China (manufactured). Museum no. CD.9:1-8-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of iPhone 6, designed by Apple Inc. 2014, China (manufactured). Museum no. CD.2-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
iPhone 6, designed by Apple Inc. 2014, China (manufactured). Museum no. CD.2-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Liberator, 3D printed hand gun, designed by Cody Wilson/Defence Distributed, manufactured by Digits2Widgets, 2013, US. Museum no. CD.1:1 to 16-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Liberator, 3D printed hand gun, designed by Cody Wilson/Defence Distributed, manufactured by Digits2Widgets, 2013, US. Museum no. CD.1:1 to 16-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Mon Mon, soft toy, Dan Dan Man/1 more Design, 2015, China. Museum no. Prov.2091-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mon Mon, soft toy, Dan Dan Man/1 more Design, 2015, China. Museum no. Prov.2091-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Julie Tile for A House for Essex, wall tile, designed by Grayson Perry for FAT Architecture, 2015, UK. Museum no. CD.20 – 2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Julie Tile for A House for Essex, wall tile, designed by Grayson Perry for FAT Architecture, 2015, UK. Museum no. CD.20 – 2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Katy Perry false eyelashes, manufactured by Eylure, 2013, Indonesia. Museum no. CD.24:1 to 5-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Katy Perry false eyelashes, manufactured by Eylure, 2013, Indonesia. Museum no. CD.24:1 to 5-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Architectural spikes, manufactured by Kent Stainless Ltd, 2014, Wexford, Ireland. Museum no. CD.50:1 to 20-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Architectural spikes, manufactured by Kent Stainless Ltd, 2014, Wexford, Ireland. Museum no. CD.50:1 to 20-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Research Institute, Lego set, designed by Ellen Kooijman, 2015, Denmark. Museum no. CD.51:1 to 6-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Research Institute, Lego set, designed by Ellen Kooijman, 2015, Denmark. Museum no. CD.51:1 to 6-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Hello Barbie doll, designed by Mattel, Inc., developed by ToyTalk Inc, 2015, China. Museum no. CD.33:1 to 6-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hello Barbie doll, designed by Mattel, Inc., developed by ToyTalk Inc, 2015, China. Museum no. CD.33:1 to 6-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Vote Leave 'Help protect your local hospital’, leaflet, designed and printed by The Printing Shed, 2016, England. Museum no.  CD.75-2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Vote Leave 'Help protect your local hospital’, leaflet, designed and printed by The Printing Shed, 2016, England. Museum no. CD.75-2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Ahiida Modest-Fit Burqini, swimsuit, designed by Ahida Zanetti, 2004, Australia. Museum no. CD.90:1, 2-2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ahiida Modest-Fit Burqini, swimsuit, designed by Ahida Zanetti, 2004, Australia. Museum no. CD.90:1, 2-2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Refugee flag, designed by Yara Said, commissioned by the Refugee Nation with the support of Amnesty International, Film Aid, Makers Unite and U-able, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Refugee flag, designed by Yara Said, commissioned by the Refugee Nation with the support of Amnesty International, Film Aid, Makers Unite and U-able, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Pussyhat worn at the Women’s March in Washington on 21 January 2017, designed by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, co-founders of the Pussyhat Project and Kat Coyle, owner of Los Angeles yarn shop Little Knittery, knitted by Jayna Zweiman, 2017, US. Museum no. PROV.611-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Pussyhat worn at the Women’s March in Washington on 21 January 2017, designed by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, co-founders of the Pussyhat Project and Kat Coyle, owner of Los Angeles yarn shop Little Knittery, knitted by Jayna Zweiman, 2017, US. Museum no. PROV.611-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Corbyn t-shirt, designed by Bristol Street Wear, 2017, Bristol, England. Museum no. CD.294-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Corbyn t-shirt, designed by Bristol Street Wear, 2017, Bristol, England. Museum no. CD.294-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Tom of Finland stamps, made and retailed by Itella Posti Oy, 2014, Finland. Museum no. CD.54:1-7-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tom of Finland stamps, made and retailed by Itella Posti Oy, 2014, Finland. Museum no. CD.54:1-7-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Xbox Adaptive Controller, developed by Microsoft. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Xbox Adaptive Controller, developed by Microsoft. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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