Friday 2 November 2018

V&A Dundee - Ocean Liners: Speed & Style & the Scottish Design Galleries

V&A Dundee - Designed by Kengo Kuma

As a long time fan of Dundee and a regular visitor, I have been impatiently waiting for the new V&A to be finished. It opened in September this year and finally I have managed to visit.  Designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, it stands on the edge of the River Tay next to RRS Discovery (which launched in 1901 and took Scott and Shackleton to the Antarctic and is also worth a visit).

RRS Discovery & V&A Dundee
V&A Dundee

Inside V&A Dundee

View over the River Tay

Until 24 February 2019, the Ocean Liners: Speed & Style Exhibition is showing.  This explores the design of ocean liners from their architecture, engineering, & promotion to their interiors and life on board.  Here are a few pics to tempt you...

Six panels representing the Normandie - Gaston Suisse

Items from the France
Plating Model for the Queen Elizabeth - John Brown & Co Clydebank
Sign for the Cunard Tourist Office - Kay of Austria

Deck Chair from the Titanic

Evening Wear

And of course if you had all that evening wear you would certainly be needing one of these...

Desk Trunk - Louis Vuitton

Neptune Chair used on the Orsova

Design for Musicians Uniforms on the Canberra - Hugh Casson

Furnishing Fabric for the Orcades - Marion Dorn & Edward Bawden
Le Vieux Port - Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

It's a fascinating exhibition and very varied so there's bound to be something to interest you.  

Also on show are the Scottish Design Galleries with around 300 pieces exploring the landscape of Scottish design from past to present...

Model Ship

Banner for the British Association for the Advancement of Science - Jessie Newbery and Ann Macbeth, Glasgow School of Art

Bash Street Kids Artwork - The Beano

Cycling Skinsuit - Endura

Orkney Chair - David Kirkness

and of course The Oak Room from Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms in Glasgow designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh...

The Oak Room - Charles Rennie Mackintosh

If you've never been to Dundee, now's a good time to go!

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