V&A Museum : London Design Festival

Martyn White

Posted on October 29 2017

The V&A Museum; the central hub to the London Design Festival showcases some of the most mesmerising displays of design. Explore the Reflection Room and Rachel Kneebone below.

As the London Design Festival comes to a close for another year, I take a look at two exhibitions that have been attracting the crowds at the festival's hub; the Victoria & Albert Museum. Showcasing an extensive mix of works in many media all year round, the museum becomes host to some very unique displays, this year being no exception. An installation on the top of everyone's list, including my own was the Reflection Room created by Flynn Talbot as an immersive coloured light experience held in the Price Consort Gallery. 

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The Refection Room used fifty-six custom-made stretch membrane Barrisol panels in gloss black. Woven within these panels were LED strip lighting, emitting red and blue hues, red on one side of the gallery and blue on the other. The result creates a unique experience for visitors, being taken from the bright surroundings outside the gallery and passing through sheets into a darkened room, lit only by mesmerising neon coloured lighting. As one makes their way across the room, the sudden contrasting colour change tantalises the mind, taking a few seconds to adjust. 

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Whilst not directly related to the London Design Festival, it was Rachel Kneebone's '399 Days' sculpture that immediately attracted my attention upon visiting the museum during the festival. On display in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries (Room 50a) until 14th January 2018, this large five-metre hight sculpture contains intricate details of vines, tendrils and body parts, multiplying and changing in form as one walks around the works, evoking a state of flux and struggle. 399 Days is incredibly intriguing and visitors will find it hard to take their eyes off the design, attempting to analyse and decode the scenes unfolding in front of them.

For further details on exhibitions and works currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, click to view the official 'What's on' section of the website via the link.


Thank you for reading. If you liked this post, here are a few more recommendations relating to London Design Festival.

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