V&A Diary 261-280

This next set of 20 images I’ve taken around the Victoria and Albert Museum feature designers and objects close to my heart.

The model of the Villa Stein-de Monzie, Garches, France, by Le Corbusier reminds me of my first trip to Paris at the age of 19. I went with my friend James with whom I was studying. Our itinerary was to cram in as much art, design and architecture as possible. We didn’t visit this Villa but we did make the trip to Poissy to see the Villa Savoye, and the Le Corbusier Foundation housed at the Villa La Roche and Maison Jeanneret. The following day we spent 6 hours wandering the Musée D’Orsay, quite a feat in itself. These days I can’t really manage more than three hours in a museum with our a decompression, usually consisting of cake and coffee.

I have included some beautiful modern design in this selection. The iconic ‘DAW’ Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames has always been a favourite of mine, especially with the wooden eiffel legs. I remember loving the Tutti Frutti stool by Allison Jane Thomas when it came out in 1990 (the year of the aforementioned Paris trip) and the work of Nigel Coates, whose narrative postmodern take on architecture and design seemed so fresh and exciting.

The collection is vast, consisting of 233,742 museum objects and works of art and 2,044,441 books, drawings, prints photographs and archives, and only around a quarter of the objects are on display at any given time. The library items and archival collections are available to see by appointment in the Museum’s Study Rooms. This is my fourteenth set of 20 photographs and you can follow them daily on my instagram profile.

Images and text © Jonathan Dredge

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