An international competition was launched to appoint a designer to redesign the V&A Shop, South Kensington. The contract was awarded to a collective of designers and makers whose aim is to showcase and promote creative and manufacturing processes. Since their appointment in June, Friend and Co Architects and Millimetre Design have collaborated closely with V&A staff to develop plans that offer a fully flexible space – a shop that is both functional and beautiful, with a strong emphasis on material. The new shop will house two new structures; a dedicated pavilion for our unparalleled range of jewellery and a ‘pocket workshop’, a curated space where product from selected designers and makers will be on display. There will also be opportunities to learn more about the products, uncover hidden stories, processes and people behind what we sell. Because this is what the new shop is all about – encouraging curiosity and treating every space in the museum as a site for inspiration.
During the redesign, please visit our temporary shop at the end of the sculpture gallery or shop online. The Fashion Shop and Book Shop are open as normal.