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Brief Published: 6 Dec 2012

Furniture Gallery Opens at V&A


London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) opened its doors to a brand new gallery displaying more than 200 pieces from its famous furniture collection last week, with items ranging from the middle ages to the present day. It’s the first time a permanent gallery at the museum has been dedicated to furniture alone and many of the pieces have not been displayed for more than 30 years. 

The 70-metre-long space, designed by British studio Nord Architecture, features a chronological exploration of furniture making, including 16 displays dedicated to fabrication techniques and finishes such as carving, upholstery and joinery. The gallery also includes exhibits focused on individual iconic designers such as early 20th century Irish designer Eileen Gray and British furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, and a specially commissioned seating installation by London-based Gitta Gschwendtner.

The exhibition is also the first at the V&A to feature digital labels. Adding to the visitor experience are two interactive tables with tactile samples that bring up information about the material and process when touched.

Victoria and Albert Museum