Monday 21 September 2015

V&A Museum, London - What is Luxury?

What is Luxury? finishes at the V&A on 27 September 2015 so if you want to see this exhibition, you'd better hurry.  It is all about how luxury is made and understood and how this may change in the future.

Nora Fok - Bubble Bath

For this necklace, Nora Fok uses handknitted nylon filament around marbles to suggest captured bubbles so combining the idea of the durable with the ephemeral.  I love this piece!

Studio Drift - Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier

In this beautiful chandelier, Studio Drift marry technology and nature.  Real dandelion seed heads have been individually applied to LED lights.  The 3D bronze circuit conducts electricity so there is no need for wiring. 

Steffen Dam - Jellyfish Installation

Steffen Dam has used the irregularities of the glass making process together with impurities and layers of carbon and silver foil to create hyper realistic jellyfish (scarily real!) in solid glass "specimen jars".

Studio Swine - Hair Highway

This exhibit suggests that as world population increases and natural resources are diminished, human hair could become an alternative resource.  Here combined with resin it resembles rare materials such as tropical hardwoods and horn and looks amazing!

Gangjian Cui - The Rise of the Plasticsmith
Gangjian Cui imagines a future where scarce oil reserves have made plastic a luxury item that is handcrafted.  This piece looked like it was made of ice - cool! 

There are some great pieces in this exhibition and some interesting ideas - go take a look.


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