Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

With most of the country heading towards total lockdown and the V&A currently closed, now seems the perfect time to virtually escort you round the wonder that is ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘. A traditional unisex and utilitarian garment, literally meaning ‘thing to wear’, the kimono has over the past four centuries become synonymous with Japan…

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…

V&A Diary 241-260

This next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum coincided with Christmas and my first visit to the V&A in Dundee. This wonderful Kengo Kuma designed northern outpost is ‘Moored’ by the Discovery on the Dundee waterfront and the building is an imposing addition to a slightly haphazard skyline. Inspired…

V&A Diary 221-240

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. Two exhibitions feature in this selection, ‘Cars – Accelerating the Modern World‘ and ‘Hope – The Prix Pictet‘, both of which I have written about previously. ‘Cars: Accelerating the Modern World‘ is a great show and runs till…

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

One of my very earliest memories of my Grandpa, is bringing me a matchbox car  when he came to visit. I amassed a formidable collection of these little metal treats, which would be worth a fortune today, had they not all flown off the top of the stairs (driven by the Dukes of Hazard or…

V&A Diary 201-220

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. I seem to have a had a slight bias towards ceramics and glass this time, with pieces that date back to a floral Iznick vase from 1575 and the beautiful pieces of blanc de chine (looked at in…

V&A Diary 181-200

Here are the next set of images which takes us to 200, and my one year anniversary at the V&A. This set of images coincided with the opening of the exhibition ‘Tim Walker: Wonderful Things‘ and the London Design Festival which filled the V&A with stunning examples of new concepts, prototypes and designs. One exhibit…

V&A Diary 161-180

So this post is very late this time, but I’m using the excuse of turning fifty in the last couple of weeks ago – holidays and celebrations definitely got in the way! One thing I have noticed with this project is that it has really helped my identify areas of design that I am drawn…

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

As children, we are blessed with unbounded imagination – whole worlds are built in the sandpit, flying cars are born and take flight from the top of the stairs and voodoo dolls are created from cotton and bobbins to exact revenge on our childhood nemeses. As we grow up that spark of imagination is often…

V&A Diary 141-160

I am slightly late posting my next selection of 20 items from the V&A collection. My numbering system went slightly array on Instagram, and somehow I ended up being 3 out! This time we start with Christian Dior (an amazing exhibition open till September), and move through a recreation of Kylie’s dressing room, architectural models…

V&A Illustration Awards 2019

Established in 1972, the V&A Illustration Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competitions. Out of thousands of entries, the judging panel this year have selected 14 shortlisted artists. This year subjects range from life in Germany under the Nazis (Book Illustration Award: Nora Krug for Heimat) and inept lawyers (Illustrated Journalism Award: A. Richard Allen for Experts, The…

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Do you want to save the world? Is the smorgasbord of extinction level events (both natural and man-made) that 21st century seems to be providing us with getting you down? Along with the usual threats of volcanic eruptions, coronal mass ejections, meteor impacts we now have biological annihilation, overpopulation, over-consumption, and of course climate change. Our…