Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Save Room for Design

Build-Your-Own 3D Clock, £25.00
Inspired by imagery on a 19th century-earthenware tile by A.W.N. Pugin, a ready-to-assemble, battery-operated clock kit made from recyclable polypropylene.

In conjunction with the opening of the new V&A shop last year and to celebrate the link between the museum's collections and the contemporary designs they continue to inspire, the V&A founded the Cherry on the Cake collection and commissioned eighteen artists to each contribute a design. The project brought together designers, curators and merchandisers, resulting in a group of special-edition artworks, from clothing and jewelry designs, to objects for the home.

Swarowski Chandelier Necklace, £125.00
Tatty Devine's necklace was inspired by a circa 1765 English chandelier made of leaded glass. Devine's design incorporates mirrored-and-laser etched acrylic, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver.

Limited Edition Embroidered Canvas, £300.00
A screen-printed canvas, with embroidered-and-painted details, by Laura McCafferty, who spent hours studying V&A visitors as they entered the famous rotunda of the museum.

Lace Coffee Cup, £35.00
The textured pattern of a porcelain coffee cup designed by Charlie Atkin was inspired by the intricate design of a late-19th century lace collar from Vienna.

Looking Glass Mirror, £600.00
Silhouettes of 23 period looking glasses from the V&A collection served as the inspiration for this unusual mirror designed by Graphic Thought Facility. Included in the design are a Dutch silver filigree mirror, c.1700, an English hand mirror made of pear wood, 1901, and an Italian silver-gilt frame mirror from the 18th Century. The mirror is hand silvered on bevelled glass and hangs from a chain. But its heavy. Specialist installation is suggested.


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