The residency – spread across the Museum with a central hub in the V&A Sackler Centre for arts education – is made up of a collection of specially commissioned design installations, displays and events. Visitors will be able to take in the range of designs and installations using a specially designed London Design Festival at the V&A map.
This year’s programme includes installations by Max Lamb, Stuart Haygarth, Paul Cocksedge and Oskar Zieta that draw on the building’s unique history and architecture. Lamb will create a plaster cast, inspired by the V&A’s Cast Court collection while Haygarth will reuse discarded picture frames and bespoke frame mouldings to adorn a historic staircase. Cocksedge will be
exhibiting three hundred curvaceous ‘pages’ of Corian which will then be given away as part of the V&A’s Friday Late programme, while Polish designer Zieta will take a starting point from the curves of the pool in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden to create a work using his FiDU technique that inflates steel structures. The Sackler Centre, with spaces curated by designer Suzanne Trocmé, will once again host an extensive programme of seminars, talks and special events, as well as a business and VIP space in the shape of the British Design Embassy.
This year, for the first time, the V&A entrance on Exhibition Road will also be dedicated to the Festival, with a pop-up Festival café, the main public information point, and press office. Highlights of the V&A displays include:
Framed: Stuart Haygarth
The Festival has commissioned artist and designer Stuart Haygarth to collaborate with leading framing company John Jones to create a dramatic installation on the grand marble staircase leading to the Architecture Galleries. Working with John Jones craftspeople, Haygarth is constructing a cascade using discarded off cuts of pictures frames as well as bespoke frame mouldings, both traditional and contemporary, spanning in lengths of almost 20 metres each over the staircase, bringing a significant piece of the Museum’s architecture to life. The mouldings have been individually finished with colours, stains, wax finishes and specialist techniques including traditional gold leaf.
A Gust of Wind: Paul Cocksedge
The V&A are delighted to be hosting a very special one day only installation by Paul Cocksedge which will be exhibited as part of the V&A’s Friday Late Programme on 24th September. A Gust of Wind comprises three hundred limited edition curved pieces of Corian, each handmade and engraved by Cocksedge. These pieces, or ‘pages’, will represent a stack of paper which has been blown into the air by a gust of wind, but each Corian piece has also been designed as a functional paper tray which visitors will be able to take away for free at the end of the evening.